Motivational Speakers Secret to Dealing With Stress and Change

Motivational speakers have many secrets, which I guess aren't really secrets once we tell them to two thousand people and post them all over the hemisphere. But anyway. We have lots of helpful information on getting from where you are stuck, to where you want to be. Today I'm going to just name one – in the form of a question.


Proactive indicates planning for something that hasn't occurred. Reactive indicates reacting to a situation that has already taken place. So where do you spend most of your time? Do you feel like you are constantly putting out fires, and dealing with the crap you've been dealt?  How much time are you spending in preparation for the unexpected?

"But how can we prepare for something we don't know is coming?" you might be ask.

You can't always prepare for the unexpected, but you can certainly take proactive measures. One example: Your health.

I'm pointing the finger at myself on this one. There is nothing wrong with me right now, other than a cold. My reactive personality would have me just wait until something goes wrong and then handle it. After all, it's worked for 44 years, right? Wrong. I'm finally getting the message from all these women's health events.  And the message is this: Take care of yourself BEFORE the problem occurs, and you might never experience the problem at all! Wow. Who knew?  Sounds so simple, and so basic, and so "duh". But when I look around to the women I know (me included) I see many of us putting off that appointment – living in a state of reaction rather than proaction.

Remember the old adage: Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst?

Well, I thnk it's time for me to apply it to my life and to my health and to my work. It's time to start taking control of my life. Sure, there will be a lot coming that I didn't see and that I couldn't prepare for. But there's a lot that I can control. It's time to put myself first. I've got big dreams. It's time to prepare for them.


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 reminder, Kelly. For us all.  Before I was a funny motivational speaker, I was a not-so-funny trainer for Stephen Covey's brilliant one day course based on his 2nd Habit in the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: First Things First. In it we comprehensively covered the 1st Habit which was Be Proactive.  The image that sticks in my mind is that of waiting until you have a fire – to do fire prevention.  And your example of personal health – is another one that is a great example. When you are having a heart attack – it's too late to start eating right.  Thank you again for this important spotlight!

  2. Just like the difference between a doctor telling you you had a reaction to a medicine vs. a response to a medicine.  Great stuff!

  3. Thanks for reminding this gal I need to go stock up again on fresh water and a few canned goods in case the ground shakes, rattles and rolls!

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