You Can’t Have The Perfect Smoothie Without Sharp Blades

smoothieI heard a wonderful message in church yesterday that has direct application in the motivational speaking business and life in general.

You can't have the perfect smoothie without the sharp blades.

In order to produce one of those luscious seven-dollar smoothies, the fruit has to go through the blender and face the sharp blades. How true I have found that to be. While it is certainly no fun, and in fact painful, to face the trials and hardships in life, they have all taught me something. Through life's lessons I learned what I am made of. I learned to be thankful for the times when there is no pain. I learned perseverence and commitment to a goal. I learned to face rejection. I learned about my own weaknesses and how to overcome them.  I learned to find my own inner worth. I learned to get back up. And not one of these things could I have learned by simply reading about them and choosing to adopt them as my own truths. They all had to be learned the hard way. By going through the blender.

And so today I simply acknowledge that the grinders are a necessary and unavoidable part of life. I don't have to enjoy them, and sometimes I will still try to avoid them. But I can at least acknowledge them for the tools that they are. Tools to sharpen me and mold me into a better person.  

And I'll try not to look at someone else and be envious of their smoothie-ness, careful to remember that they too went through the blender to get there.

Happy grinding.


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 – I applaud you! I think that as motivational speakers we also can't expect others to just TAKE this advice and apply it in their lives – just as you suggest, but when you share your OWN blades, then it takes on a whole new meaning. And that is what you do so brilliantly. You are unabashed about sharing your struggles and that makes people be able to relate to you – AND seriously consider the adivce you are giving.  Thank you for this powerful reminder for us all.

  2. I'm in the blender baby! Whrrrrrrrrrrrr…..ouch! Perfect metaphor to remind all of us that to get smooth and tasty, some pain is required. Bring on the blades for 2014!!

  3. And sometimes when you think you've blended enough, there's that lump of a frozen fruit that has yet to be smoothied away.  Great metaphor for perserverence!

  4. This is a great metaphor. It seems like I've been in my share if blenders! But now I can clearly see it's for the better! Smoothie King, here we come!

  5. Kelly, I loved this SO MUCH!  And just perfect timing as I am putting closure on 2013 and excitedly embracing 2014 (yes I am a tad behind the curve on this one :)  

    This is powerful on two levels – 1) we can look back at our past challenges and truly celebrate, knowing that, just by making it through, we have succeeded and 2) as we look forward, do not fear the inevitable blades we will encounter. 
    Thank you for motivating this motivational speaker to jump into the blender with renewed vigor! 


  6. I don't think you meant it this way, Kelly, but when you write about going through the grinder, the blades, all I'm thinking about are the torture scenes with Jack Bauer in the TV show, 24.

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