Motivational Speaker Gets Her Own Television Sitcom!

I found myself rushed – yet again. Trying to pack to get out of town and finish all my chores when it hit me. I really needed to have a photo of my mother-in-law's doggy printed up for her before I left. Did I have the time to do this? Probably not. But that never stopped me before so I ran to my computer, loaded the photo onto a flashdrive and jumped in the car.

As I drove to the store I did what most motivational speakers do while behind the wheel of a car. I wrote a blogpost in my head about how to avoid EXACTLY what I was going through right then. How to plan ahead, slow down and breathe to reduce stress and accomplish more.

I whipped into a parking spot at the drugstore, reached for the flashdrive and…What??? It wasn't on the passenger's seat where I put it! I left it at home?? The irony of not doing what I KNEW would have helped me avoid this very thing was not lost on me. Okay, Linda, take a deep breath and go back home and get the flashdrive. Focus.

So I turned around and headed home. I slowed down a bit and made a conscious choice to relax and follow my own advice in the blogpost in my brain. As I drove along, I couldn't help but notice that there was a HUGE tug of war going on between the part of me that wanted to rush and be stressed – and the part of me that wanted to slow down and relax. I pulled into my driveway and started to jump out of the car when I saw it. The flashdrive. I was sitting on it.

Now I'm laughing out loud. I'm guffawing. I'm in a funny episode of some television sitcom and I'm not only the lead actor in this comical scene, but I'm also in the audience WATCHING it! And it's hysterically funny!

After I stopped laughing, I realized that I was simply being given an opportunity to add something to my blogpost about how to handle the stuff in life that can mess us up. So if I may share – here you go:

1. Slow down to get more done.
2. Breathe consciously
3. Focus on what you are doing while you are doing it. And finally,
4. When you are the one causing the mess up – don't beat yourself up – just laugh at yourself, right out loud. It diffuses all the bad stuff very quickly.

Oh, and the photo of mommy and her doggy looksMom and Pino great, don't you think?


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. SOOOOO funny Linda!  Isn't that how things go?  Just when you're in a hurry, you find what you're looking for, right there.  This one made me laugh for sure!!! By the way, I'd watch that sitcom!

  2. Truth, truth, truth! Love reading your blogs as I can substitute mysef for you in so many situations. Hauled to the dry cleaner's the other day to grab and go before closing, only to realize I left both my coupon and new laundry behind. Why? Because rather than let that call go to voice mail and retrieve when I had my brain, I HAD to pick up and put myself in a time crunch. Live and learn….one more time.

  3. You crack me up, Linda. I think this blog has been really good for all of us – and for everybody reading it. You are providing such wisdom, encouragement, laughter, and all around happiness. You are a true authentic walking motivational speaker

  4. RARELY do things go smoothly when I'm in a mad rush!  I'm lovin' the check list you gave us for when we start cranking up to crazy.  

  5. Yes the photo is great!  And so is the reminder to laugh at ourselves – laughter can completely change the whole scene — and you SO need to be in a sitcom!!!!!!

  6. Now that you mention it, a super talented motivational speaker married to a popular, usually accurate Florida weatherman has all the makings of a wonderful reality show. I'd watch.

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