You Are Stronger Than You Think You Are

Motivational Speakers And The Power Of The Mind

I know I say that a lot – You are stronger than you think you are.  And I mean it. Because I really do believe that most of us are stronger than our own belief system tells us. Sometimes we don't find this out until we are forced into it, and have no other choice but to survive. And our strength surprises us. And in the trials of our life, we find out what we are really made of. And we get up to face another day.

As you may know, back in April I decided to make some major life changes in regards to my heathy lifestyle – or rather lack of it. I'm a big believer in coming out of our comfort zones – but found the comfort zones I had created in regards to health very hard to step out of. I have found that while I am more adventurous in other areas of my life and career, when it comes to eating right and moving more, I have a horrible habit of settling for good enough even when I know that good enough is not good enough to sustain me and my dreams. And I've been finding it hard to push myself out of this comfort zone. So my trainer is proving invaluable. She is showing me something I already knew but didn't apply to my own physical strength. She is showing me the power of my mind. She is proving that I am stronger than I think I am.

If you don't think you can do it, you have already created that outcome.

I have this bad habit of wanting to know exactly what she is going to make me do, how many, for how long, and how heavy the weight will be. And then I immediately look at the task, which she changes as soon as I have done it once (ggggrrrrr) and tell myself that I can't do it.  And therefore I lose before I've even begun. And I go into each task saying, "There is no way I can do this."

How often we go through life staring at our dreams or our challenges and deciding before we've even taken the first step that it can't be done.

The other day I told her that there was no way I could lift 30 pounds on this particular exercise. She said, " Okay. I'll move it lower." The exercise was very hard for me (like everything she has me do) and I looked at her triumphantly and said, "See! Good thing we didn't do 30!"  She smiled triumphantly at me and said, "I didn't move it down. You just did thirty. See, you are stronger than you think you are. You never know what you are capable of until you try it. The mind is powerful. Now we're going to go heavier and you only have to do 10."

My trainer is constantly proving my mantra true – that we are stronger than we think we are – and that if we go into a challenge believing that we can't do it – well, we won't.

And so that's my simple message for today. Maybe you too are facing a new task at the gym. Or maybe you are facing something much bigger. Either way, I hope the words land at just the right moment when you need to hear them. Believe me when I say this:

You Are Stronger Than You Think You Are.


Good Night. I'll be back again when you need me.





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. Thank you, Kelly, for once again putting my focus back where it belongs — especially when it comes to the gym! After a 10 day vacation (plus a wee bit of work), I finally got my butt back on that elliptical last night. I didn't want to go to the gym, I didn't want to choose a diffficult workout, but I went AND didn't choose a challenging workout. Don't get me wrong, I put in a solid amount of time and sweated, but didn't choose to do the "hills" which helps my butt climb up a wee bit on the back end. Or at least not drop anymore. Justified my behavior: "Hey, I showed up." And I will give myself credit for that move, but next time I need to remember I'm stronger than I think. Looking forward to seeing you and your dedication in July. Hugs.

  2. Wow. Seriously seriously true. And yes, don't most motivational speakers SAY this? BUT – do we LIVE it? I. Do. Not. Not consistently anyway. And right now as I face one more little challenge (that I have put the "I can't do this" filter in front of), I am going to blast through that 30 pound puppy and just flippin' do it.  Thank you once again, Kelly, for saying the exact right thing and the exact right time.


  3. Oh! And by the way, Kelly! I think you will really enjoy motivational speaker Polly Pitchford's recent blog post entitled Stretch Your Limits (a few days back). It supports your contention here EXACTLY!!!

  4. In a past life, before becoming a motivational speaker,  I was a personal trainer and I just have to say how fortunate you are, Kelly, to have found a trainer who sounds phenomenal! Every client's needs, goals, bodies and personalities are different and it sounds like your trainer  has got your number!  Haha!  If you're not believing in your own strength on any given workout, I would say to trust his/her belief in yours.  Keep it going!  

  5. Really beautiful Kelly.   I love that you bid the world "good night" at the end of it, and I am now going to make this one of my messages to myself before I close my eyes.  It is amazing how powerfully this works, whether it is lifting weights with our bodies or solving the latest puzzle in buisness when we are overwhelmed and mentally exhausted.  Thank you for this important and comforting reminder!  

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