The Compelling Case for Fighting Gravity

Yes, as a motivational speaker I’ve heard it (or said it) all, “just go with the flow,” “let it happen,” “move with the groove.”  Blah blah blah.  And I get it. I do.

And yet, as I am trying to make this seemingly gargantuan move from my old PC to my new MAC this morning, after trying for an hour just to FIND my danged email, I actually heard my own little pitiful self whining, “This is too much work! I don’t want to play anymore. I’m just too old to learn new technology!”

WHAT?  WHAT did I say?  Oh smack me hard upside the head right now, please.  I just did that “thing” that we are all occasionally guilty of in one way or another: letting gravity pull us right back to that comfortable, snuggly little place called “the way I’ve always done it and I’m perfectly fine, thank you.”

So the good news is that I heard myself get sucked down by the gravitational pull.  So YAY ME!  I recognized it right when I did it.  And the other good news is that it made me realize instantly something that is keeping me in the game:

When I think I’m too old to do something – that’s EXACTLY the moment I need to do it. Period.

So here’s my question.  Is there anything that you have told yourself at one point in your life that you were too __________ (fill in the blank) to do?  Or, conversely, told yourself that you weren’t __________ enough to do?  And how did you get past that?

Inquiring minds want to know…

From your inqusitive motivational speaker, Linda Larsen


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. Despite the fact that I’m a motivational speaker and a comedian, and should know this already – I am trying to teach myself to have fun. I can get so serious, and so concentrated on a task that I forget to lighten up. I forget to stop and dance in the rain – jam out to a good song on the radio – or just sit in the sun and feel the warmth on my face. My career is important to me, but I don’t know how many days I have left. I have a seven-year-old who reminds me what it looks like to be excited over the very smallest of things. And instead of trying to get him to act twenty-seven instead of seven, maybe I should try to act seven instead of a hundred and seven. I’m just saying. Time to lighten up.

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