Motivational Speaker Asks: Are You Having a Bad Day?

secret croppedI'm one of many happy funny motivational speakers who seems to be pretty positive most of the time. So when people ask me if I really am this happy I tell them yes – because I choose to be. And when I say that – I always get some person who asks me, "Well, don't you have a bad day every once in a while?" To which I respond, "Yes, if I choose to."

Okay, I know what you're thinking. "But what if…(insert situation here: The car dies, the roof starts leaking, I get fired, my butt falls). Yes, those things happen in our lives.  No one is immune from these kinds of experiences. However, I believe there is a bigger picture…

Almost every human being absolutely has the capability to view their situation in anyway they CHOOSE. There actually IS (believe it or not) a powerful moment that exists between the actual event or series of events – and your decision about what that event or series of events means. And that DECISION impacts how you FEEL.  

If I have ten things go wrong in one day, instead of calling it a "bad day," I might decide it's a "mystery." I can decide it's reeeeeally intriguing that so many crazy things are happening in one day. I can view it as a "comedy of errors" – which makes me want to laugh in disbelief. I can view it as a "sign from God" that I need to slow down, re-evaluate my priorities, breathe. I get to make this choice every single time. AND, if I want, I can absolutely CHOOSE to call it a "bad day" and just go wallow. I have that choice. And believe me, I have MADE that choice many times in my life. The deal is that I just need to OWN that choice, wallow in my misery for "x" period of time – and then move on.  

But here's the important part: I look at what OUTCOMES I'm going to get from each of those choices. The choice where I decide that this string of events has created a comedy of errors – makes me laugh and keeps me going. I still feel happy. I still produce. I get things done. I'm nice to be around. My husband enjoys my company. My clients enjoy working with me. My work is good.

The OUTCOMES I get when I call this a "bad day" are on the other end of the spectrum. I get angry, depressed, cranky. I don't want to do ANYTHING but eat ice cream and rail against the world. Oh the injustice of it all! Why me? What did I do to deserve this? My husband walks in, takes one look at me and suddenly remembers an errand he must run. I get NOTHING done in the way of work. If a client calls and I have a conversation with them, I can't imagine my depressed energy would inspire them to want to book me.  In other words, my outcomes SUCK with my choice to call this a "bad day."

So, let me ask you. Are you having a bad day? The choice is yours.

From your happy motivational speaker Linda Larsen who is having a FABULOUS day – because she says so






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'm choosing to have an absolutely wonderful day with you, Ms. Motivational Speaker Linda Larsen! AND I've had days where it's been way more challenging to choose this state, but like you said, it only leads to crummy outcomes. Beautiful reminder that we do have the power of choice every moment of every day.

  2. Yay Linda!  Just another reason why I love you!  There are so many people who give up their power to the day by saying they're having a bad day…not true!  It's all about the choices we make.  I'm choosing to have a front-row fabulous day!  

  3. And THAT is the secret to a life well lived!!!!!!!!! No wonder I like you so darn much!

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