Livin’ on the LEDGE

I read a post recently by the brilliant motivational speaker, Kelly Swanson, wherein she asks, Do You Want It Bad Enough?  She confronts the person who SAYS they want success, but when the going gets a little rough, scary or HARD, they whine, whimper and complain to anyone who will listen.  Her observation is pretty right on:  That person just doesn’t want it badly enough.  Because if they DID – they would do WHATEVER it took to make it happen.

AND – I’d like to proffer another angle.  Not in contrast to – but in addition to what Kelly says.  Attaining success in ANY area of our lives can be very risky, scary business. Sometimes it can FEEL like we are standing on a ledge of a 50 story building and every single cell in our body is screaming (metaphorically), “Jump! Jump! Put yourself out of your misery!”   And the fact is that we will find ourselves out on that ledge many times in our lives.

So isn’t it possible, that we can just ACCEPT the fact that it’s going to happen?  Can’t we find ourselves on that ledge, FLOAT OUTSIDE OURSELVES and just objectively talk to ourselves for a moment?  When this happens to me I like to have “Linda the motivational speaker”, calmly advise “Linda on the Ledge.”

  • Ledge Linda:  “I can’t DO this! I CAN’T! I CAN’T!”
  • Motivational Speaker Linda:  “No? You’ve certainly done it before. In fact you’ve done things MUCH harder than this. Does the term ‘give birth to a baby’ resonate with you at all?
  • Ledge Linda:  “Well that was different. I was strong then.  I don’t think I have it now.”
  • Motivational Speaker Linda:  “Well, I happen to know that you DO have it.  And there are lots of people who would agree with me.”
  • Ledge Linda:  “Right.  That’s only because I’m a good faker.  I’ve faked everybody out.”
  • Motivational Speaker Linda: “Stop! You CAN DO THIS!”
  • Ledge Linda: “But what if…”
  • Motivational Speaker Linda:  “Stop! You’ll handle WHATEVER happens!  You handled a crazy man with a .357 Magnum. CLEARLY you can handle ANYTHING!”

And on it goes until Ledge Linda calms down, backs slowly off the ledge and gets back to work.

Yes, it sounds schitzophrenic, but heck – we talk to ourselves anyway, so why not designate ONE of those voices as the one of REASON AND WISDOM!  Pretty soon, you might find yourself out on the ledge and instead of panicking and doing something stupid – you’ll simply admire the view.

From the ONE of the Many Faces of Motivational Speaker, Linda Larsen


Motivational Speaker Linda Larsen, CSP has been described by meeting planners and audiences as "hysterically funny," and "riveting." Known for her ability to connect on an authentic and emotional level with audiences, her spontaneous sense of humor, and her engaging and powerful stories, Linda is passionate about sharing ideas to help people live their finest, best, and most productive lives. Her riveting and true story of being kidnapped and held hostage at gunpoint by an escaped convict, and the strategies she used to escape, will give people the tools THEY need to rise above any of life's toughest challenges, to communicate more effectively with THEIR difficult person, and to find creative solutions to THEIR problems. To book motivational speaker, Linda Larsen: 941-927-4700

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  1. I LOVE the idea of giving one of my voices the job of Wisdom and Reason! Naming it would give it a more powerful presence when I find myself on the ledge…again. Thank you, Linda, for relating another human condition so eloquently!

  2. This is GREAT Linda! Good motivational speaker wisdom right there! I also ask myself, “What if this doesn’t work? What if it fails? What will that look like? Then I realize that even if I bomb, the world won’t end. And I decide that even the worst case scenario isn’t bad enough to make me quit.”

  3. Both Kelly and you made great points as motivational speakers. We need to talk ourselves into doing the work…and it is work……rewarding, wonderful work.

  4. Great post, Linda. In fact, sometimes when I allow my fear to immobilize me I think of my audiences – what would they say if I don’t follow my own ‘motivational speaker’ advice? Sometimes that does the trick. I do like having two distinct voices though – can I borrow your voice once in awhile? :)


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