Motivational Speakers Journey To A Healthier Ever After: Removing “I Can’t” and “I’m Sorry”

As motivational speakers we talk about the power our mind has over our actions, and the importance of the words we use that help us reach our goals. Apparently there are two phrases that plague many women like me: I can't, and I'm sorry. Or at least they plague me – and if I'm this way, I can only imagine there are more women out there like me.

I wasn't aware of this problem until my gym trainer pointed it out, and informed me that from now on, I am no longer allowed to say "I can't" or "I'm sorry". I then proceeded to say it about ten more times that hour. Habits are hard to break.

So the simple point is this – those words are limiting. When we say we can't do it, we are making that our reality. And saying "I'm sorry" is just wasted energy. The sooner we can remove those words from our vocabularly the better.

I hope it's easier for you than it is for me!

As usual, here's hoping this post helps you reach your dreams – if not, I'm sorry, I can't do any better.



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. Excellent words to eliminate! I've been working on the "I'm sorry" for years. Still pops up when I accidentally bump carts in the grocery store taking a blind corner. Doing my darndest to replace it with "Excuse me." It is rampant in women, and I have to remind myself that "sorry" implys fault. Just the other day I heard two women say to a server who was plain out ignorning them, "Sorry, can we have menus?" I've had women in my programs say "Sorry, but I have to go to the bathroom" to which I respond "No sorry necessary. Just go!" All of you remind me to get better at only using that phrase when I've done something I need to be forgiven for …. like pushing my grocery cart into the women's ankles in front of me because I'm too busy texting! "Sorry!"

  2. Ahhhhh. Well said, Ms. Kelly. As motivational speakers for women's groups one of issues that comes up is this idea that we need to apologize for everything. Oh yes, if actually hurt someone – an apology is appropriate, but so much of the time it seems we apologize for taking up space on the planet. Thanks for the powerful reminder that we don't need to do that!

  3. This is such an important message for all women!  I've gotten better at not saying "sorry" over the years but it still sits right under the surface at times. The "I can't" may not pass my lips but my brain is screaming it for some of the challenges that confront me.  That's as powerful as the words though so I'll be thanking you for the reminder next time I can't :)


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