The Best is Yet to Come

Funny-Motivational-Speaker-Colette-CarlsonThis motivational speaker is less than excited about the aging process. Don’t get me wrong, I love the wisdom that comes with age, but I could do without the wrinkles, wild eyebrow hairs and brain pain from that extra glass of wine. Here’s the good news: Turns out growing older increases levels of overall happiness in most individuals.

 In fact, recent studies have shown that positive emotional experiences peak in our mid-60’s to late 70’s, depending on the research. (In a similar vein, one study showed that globally, 46 was the average age when humans are the most unhappy.) Apparently, along with the wrinkles and gray hair comes a perspective on life that brings greater contentment. “When we begin to recognize that our years are limited, we fundamentally change our perspective about life,” according to social psychologist and author Dr. Sonya Lyubomirsky. “The shorter time-horizon motivates us to become more present-oriented and to invest our (relatively limited) time and effort into the things in life that really matter.”  

Why wait until your 60’s to reclaim your joy? Shift your perspective now. How?

1. Daily doses of gratitude. Take time to notice and be grateful for all the functions your body automatically does without any effort on your part.  For example, when I shift my focus and give appreciation to my eyes allowing me to see the gorgeous sunrise, I’m no longer seeing the fine lines around those same eyes.

2. Daily dose of YOU. Whether it’s 10 minutes tinkling the ivories on a piano, journaling, reading a book chapter, taking a walk or soaking in a tub, be certain to include you in your day. Rather than talk yourself out of YOU time, recognize that YOU time brings more of YOU to all you do for others.

3. Focus on what “got done” rather than what is “undone.”  I’ve yet to meet someone who has realistic expectations about what can truly be accomplished in a 24-hour period. Rather than feel dissatisfied and frustrated, why not end the day with a quick review of tasks completed?  Please don’t forget to list the mindful conversation you had with a co-worker, the walk with your cherished pet or the dinner created for your family to enjoy together.

After all, I have a sneaking suspicion that in the end, my joy will be remembering the simple, everyday moments that brought a sense of connection with others. Again, why wait?


Step into the Truth Booth, improve your life, and laugh along the way with funny motivational speaker Colette Carlson. How did she go from emotional coward and the Pizza Delivery’s favorite customer to #1 sales producer for sales legend Tom Hopkins and Brian Tracy, featured in Success Magazine, a 50 lb. weight loss, and inspiring audiences at Microsoft, Accenture, Pepsi, Boeing, and organizations worldwide? Visit her at or call 760-230-1212.

Colette founded Speak Your Truth, Inc. to share her success systems and inspire others to Think It! Speak It! Live It! Her tools and takeaways create authentic, long-lasting change in every aspect of your life. With a MA in human behavior, a successful business and 2 teenage daughters, Colette provides a unique combination of education, research, real-life experience, and heartfelt humor to motivate you with her high content programs. Improve your Communication Skills, Work-Life Balance, Sales, Leadership, Assertiveness, Negotiation…all wrapped in the genuine power of Speaking Your Truth.

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  1. What a great reminder, Colette.  And I'm with you – THIS motivational speaker isn't thrilled about the aging process either!  After three hours of flight delays today, and trying to sleep sitting up in a hard cold seat in the airport, I caught a glimpse of myself in the airport bathroom and nearly scared myself to death. The good news is that I didn't do anything about it – because basically I didn't care. Twenty years ago I would tried to fluff myself up to look good just in case I ran into George Clooney in the airport – but now I realized… that ship has sailed. And I'm good with that. Soooo much less work… 

  2. I love your perspective, Colette. Not too long ago I started an "unmarried and single" life for the exact reason you mentioned above.  I peeked into my future time remaining here on Earth and realized I had to get busy with living a life that would help me reclaim my joy. Your list of gratitude, me time and focusing on accomplishments are timely reminders on this journey. I'm still not cool with close up camera shots though!

  3. Great reminder Polly! This motivational speaker is going to spend the rest of her life convinced that the best is yet to come.

  4. I love it Colette!  That's why girl-friend time is so important to me too.  It makes me feel young laughing and crying with my friends, like the one's here on our blog.  Sending out gratitude vibes to you!!!

  5. LOVE this Colette!  And for the other stuff….?  Photoshop baby!

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