“Let It Go!”

Your-Communication-Connection-Speaker-Colette-Carlson“Enough already! Let it go!” That’s what this motivational speaker had to repeatedly remind myself as I watched the airport parking shuttle driver zip by me curbside. What?! C’mon, it was 10:37 pm on a Monday night! It’s not like the sidewalk was crammed with bodies blended together. I called the garage and specifically SAID I was in front of Terminal 2 with luggage in hand. How could the driver possibly miss my flabby, flaring, frantically waving arms?

Even whipping out my cellphone, hitting redial and letting dispatch in on the dis, didn’t change the fact only one shuttle was operating that evening, and I would have to wait. It didn’t matter that my car had been parked in that same garage over the past few months more often than my own. It didn’t matter that I was exhausted from another East Coast turnaround that turns around my body clock. It didn’t matter that I still wouldn’t be home after leaving the parking garage for another 35 plus minutes.

What mattered was my attitude. “Enough already. Let it go!”

So I did. Pulled out a magazine I’ve been carrying with me for 2 months that never got opened, gave appreciation for being dressed warmly and sat down to read with tired eyes.

Thirty-five minutes later the driver pulled up, jumped out and said, “I’m sorry.”  Fortunately, I was able to softly say, “You must have a lot on your mind. I’m glad you’re here now.”

He opened up the front rather than the side panel door to climb in. Back on the road side by side, he told me his dog died the day before.

Looks like we’re both learning how to let go.


Step into the Truth Booth, improve your life, and laugh along the way with funny motivational speaker Colette Carlson. How did she go from emotional coward and the Pizza Delivery’s favorite customer to #1 sales producer for sales legend Tom Hopkins and Brian Tracy, featured in Success Magazine, a 50 lb. weight loss, and inspiring audiences at Microsoft, Accenture, Pepsi, Boeing, and organizations worldwide? Visit her at http://www.ColetteCarlson.com or call 760-230-1212.

Colette founded Speak Your Truth, Inc. to share her success systems and inspire others to Think It! Speak It! Live It! Her tools and takeaways create authentic, long-lasting change in every aspect of your life. With a MA in human behavior, a successful business and 2 teenage daughters, Colette provides a unique combination of education, research, real-life experience, and heartfelt humor to motivate you with her high content programs. Improve your Communication Skills, Work-Life Balance, Sales, Leadership, Assertiveness, Negotiation…all wrapped in the genuine power of Speaking Your Truth.

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  1. Been there, done that.  All but the zen-like attitude you showed at the end.  Good job!  There are few annoyances in our jobs as motivational speakers, but one at the top of my list is waiting for shuttles – and in your case waiting unnecessarily.  Good job on the attitude adjustment!

  2. Ugh!  I felt exhausted for you reading this, Colette!  You bring up that all important lesson of having a choice about how to react to any given situation and you chose with much grace.  Hope the extra hour on this Sunday morning has helped you with your much needed rest:)

  3. Don't I know the feeling. Being a motivational speaker has a lot of benefits – but one big negative is the travel – especially the tail end of travel when you're tired and snippy and ready to be home. That's when I have to work the hardest not to cry. And those are the exact words I tell myself "just let it go and smile."  Somehow that added smile helps me a little.

  4. Oh Colette, how I wish I couldn't relate to you here, but I surely can. Motivational speakers are on the road as much as traveling salespeople and consequently, we have all been exactly where you were. And like I've always said, you and I are indeed twin sisters on some level.  The only difference here is that I can only HOPE I would have been able to let it go by the time the guy got there.  And your story shows why it was sooooo good that you did. And reminds us that there's always a back story. Thanks for sharing your experience, Colette.

  5. Colette, I didn't even realize it but I was holding my breath while you described trying to flag down the driver, and punch in the number on your cell phone to try to get someone to possibly come sooner than was possible.  I knew I was holding my breath because when you described sitting down to read the magazine with tired eyes, I let it out, and felt myself physically relax.  

    Which is, I guess, exactly what you felt, and exactly what will, in this crazy zoom zoom world, save our lives.

    Thank you for the breath. 

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