Motivational Speaker Asks: Do you want it bad enough?

I’ve been thinking about whiners a lot. Not people who drink a lot of wine. The people who whine about not being able to get what they want in life. The ones who use excuse after excuse – after excuse – after excuse. The ones you constantly have to hold their hand, push, beg for them to see the brilliance they can not see in themselves.

Yes, I am a BIG believer in encouragement. It’s my business. I am a motivational speaker after all! I will encourage you and help you dream – and talk you into your greatness. But I can only take you so far. I can’t do the work for you. And I can’t make you want it for yourself. And it gets very tiring trying to talk you into it – year after year. At some point it just becomes wasted energy. And  I am doing you no favors by feeding your desire to be convinced yet again. Then it just becomes some sort of co-dependence thing.

So here’s the deal. I’m going to forgive your excuses up until this point. They might have been valid. But after today they aren’t. It’s time to look yourself in the mirror and ask if you want this bad enough?

Do you?

Do you?

Do you want it bad enough that you are willing to be afraid and do it anyway? That you are willing to take a risk? Are you willing to put in the work and the sweat and the tears? Or did I lose you at hello?

If you don’t want it bad enough, then admit it and go put your energy somewhere else. Take your ball and go home, and quit standing on the sidelines wringing your hands.  You are distracting those of us who have chosen to stay in the game.

And if you do decide that you want it bad enough, then congratulations, get to work. And quit whining.

See you on the path to happily ever after! Now drop and give me twenty.


Motivational Speaker Kelly Swanson - called one of North Carolina's funniest women by Our State Magazine. Kelly lifts the spirits of audiences from coast-to-coast using humor, storytelling, and lives of the characters from Prides Hollow - Kelly's make believe small town. This unique approach to motivational speaking allows Kelly to break through communications barriers and connect directly to the audience's imagination.
Her powerful stories and wacky wit will make you laugh, remind you that you matter, show you how to see beyond your obstacles, and teach you how to stand up and stick out in a crowded market.
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  1. Great advice Kelly. I would also add, if you are whining at work? You’re annoying. If you have a complaint, I don’t believe you have the right to complain about it unless you accompany said complaint with one or two possible solutions. That way, you aren’t perceived as a whiner, but someone who is solution oriented. Give it a try because whiners make me want to be a winer! (visualize a nice red Bordeaux here…)

  2. I got the full impact of this concept when I thought of this example:

    I wouldn’t t tackle a crazy guy with a knife in his hands. There is nothing you can do to STOP me from tackling a crazy guy with a knife in his hands who is threatening my son.


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