There’s a First Time for Everything

Funny-Motivational-Speaker-Colette-CarlsonAs a funny motivational speaker who is always on the prowl for inspiration, I’m a sucker for those social media image quotes. You know the kind I mean: a picture with a thought-provoking line or two. There are the ones that make me laugh, “I started my new fitness program today by shopping online for shoes. Baby steps.” And the ones that tug at my heartstrings, “It’s easier to build up a child than it is to repair an adult. Choose your words wisely.”

I tend to forget them almost as soon as I read them. But one I saw recently has stayed with me. It said, “When was the last time you did something for the first time?” You mean other than buy a different brand of barbecue sauce? Huh. I was drawing a blank.  I had to face the Truth. Talk about a rut!  Then I came across this gem in an article in  “New insights come from new people and new environments — any circumstance in which the brain has a hard time predicting what will happen next.”

Who couldn’t use some fresh insights? That’s when I decided to make a list of things I wanted to do for the first time. Even if I don’t get to all of them, at least it’s got me thinking outside the box – and outside the same old routine.

Here are four ideas from my list (some I’m more excited about than others):

1. Take a tango class with Blue Eyes.

2. Cook a roast (seriously, I never have).

3. Take me, myself and I out to lunch in the middle of a workday.

4. Run for half a mile without stopping.

What’s on yours?


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. Really? You've never made a roast? I don't cook, so it's only natural that I haven't but I thought I was the only one!  I love this post because I talk about getting out of your comfort zone when I speak, so of course I need to look at me – what have I done to venture out of my comfort zone?  Here's what I've never done before:

    1. Run (or even walk) a marathon, or half-marathon.  

    2. I would love to write a novel

    Okay, now I'm stuck.  I guess I need a does of creativity!!!!  Thanks Colette for getting me thinking about this!

  2. 1. Paddleboarding, and I have a friend who keeps offering hers for me to use

    2. Change a tire all on my own, I hate feeling helpless

    3. Volunteer in my community on a regular basis

    4. Me too with the Tango thing Colette! And that I would be partnered with someone like Blue Eyes!  Love the nudge out of this old box!

  3. 1. Sleep without snoring.

    2. Listen without interrupting.

    3. Walk past a chocolate store and not stop

    4. Write my novel once and for all!

    5. Grow a beard.

  4. 1. Make a really spectacular cake

    2. Refinish a piece of furniture

    3. Write a play

    4. DO a play with my husband

    5. Go on an Alaskan cruise with my husband

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