Quit Trying To Open That Closed Door!

I truly believe that sometimes a door in our life is closed for a reason we can’t see. And yet still we bang it, kick it, jimmie the locks – or sit out front of that door crying because we couldn’t get in. What we don’t see, because we are so darned focused on that closed door, is that there is another door at that very moment being blown wide open – just for us. And it’s perfect, and we don’t have to work as hard. And it just makes sense. But first we have to see it and walk through it with courage. And once we do, we realize that it’s a perfect fit. And we may even find that this door was much better than the one we had picked out! My life is a testament to this – that closed doors are often hidden blessings – and closed in order that you may pass through one that is even better.

So if this is you – if you are still banging on that door and letting it control your life – then I ask you to pause, take a breath, and look around. And I mean take a good look around. Read the signs that might be flashing right in front of you. And you may find yourself walking away from that closed door once and for all. And never looking back.

Just another word of encouragement from your motivational speaker who has spent a lot of time and energy banging on the closed doors – and is finally ready to walk away.

How about you?


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. Kelly, this is very practical advice. Nevertheless, it flies in the face of what is preached by many motivational speakers. Often, I take away from motivational speakers that you should try, try, try… never give up… no matter how circumstances have changed or if the opportunity you pursue is really the best one for you. Very refreshing. Beside, when a door closes in your face God opens a window. So you can jump! I hope you don’t mind me ripping off one of your jokes.

    • Leave it to my husband to argue with me – online! And, yes, Bill you are right – I’m all about taking the risk and jumping. And it seems contradictory to my telling you to walk away from the closed door. But it is one thing to jump into an opportunity that is presented in front of you – that is scary and requires great courage. And another thing to try and jump into an opportunity that was not presented to you, and may never be presented to you. Doesn’t mean you shouldn’t – just means that perhaps it’s not the right one. For example – I could sit here and cry that the Women of Faith won’t ask me to speak at their conference – and I can try to think of yet one more way to get their attention. Or I could look around at the other groups that are begging me to come – and perhaps giving me an opportunity beyond my dreams. Make sense?

  2. Kelly, I love reading your blogs, lately there has been quite a bit of “written for me!” advice.  I carry a stick of dynamite for those locked door moments. Nothing like blasting your own path. I probably should look for more doors, so I don’t get off the track intended for me. ~Angela

    • Thanks Angela! Not all messages are meant for us – but it’s cool when we find one that is! It’s a tough balance – walking away from the door or blasting your way through it! Because as a motivational speaker I most certainly believe in taking risks and coming out of your comfort zone! But it still usually requires for the door to be open! Thanks for reading and thanks for sharing. We’d be happy to share some of your blogs from “it’s a marketing thing” if you have something you’d like to post. Just let me know. Thanks!

  3. Oh yes, Kelly.  And again, how GREAT it is to have what feels like my very own motivational speaker to remind me when I forget!!!  I can get VERY fixated on that one door that won’t cooperate!

  4. Kelly you are so right.  I like to tell people to knock, knock, knock, and when appropriate knock on another door.  Let’s all not waste time bleeding are knuckles when there are other doors that are meant for us.  Love it!

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