You Know What to Do – Here’s How to Actually DO What you Know

Letter JI think I finally figured out what my Job (with a capital "J") is. 

Not only as a motivational speaker, but just as a regular person, I think I am a professional "Reminder-er".  I think my job is to remind us all of things that, let's face it, we probably already know we should do, but don't always actually DO.  For instance:

  • We KNOW it is better to give than to receive.  We sometimes forget.
  • We KNOW it is important to create quality time to spend with family members.  We don't always create it.
  • We absolutely KNOW that while we cannot always choose what happens to us in life, we can definitely choose how we respond to what happens.  Yet how many times do we blame others, beat up ourselves, or curse our wretched fate when things don't go our way?  For me – the answer is…too often.

And why do we keep doing those things?  I believe it's because as human beings we are wired to keep on doing what we've always done.  Doesn't the research tell us that over 95% of all of our behavior is automatic and unthinking?  That should scare you!  I know it does me!

So until I can change decades of self-defeating, unproductive, unhealthy patterns of thought and behavior with one simple positive declaration or wave of the hand, I will continue to surround myself with MY reminders.  For me, they are:

1.  I will start every single day with a prayer of thanksgiving and gratitude that REMINDS me just how blessed I am – which makes me feel GREAT!

2.  Every day I will read a chapter in a really good book or a great blogpost that REMINDS me how to communicate better or love more unconditionally or treat the planet more respectfully.

3.  At least once a week I talk to one of my really healthy, smart, loving friends (like Lynette, Polly or Kelly) who REMIND me of what's really important.

These are just a few of the reminders that I MUST have around me so that I can live any kind of a conscious life.  Who, or what, are your reminders?

By the way, if you ever read one of my blogposts and thought, "Oh yeah, I know that. I just forgot" – then I am doing my Job with a capital “J.” 

And you know what they say: "We teach the things we need to learn."  Thank you for helping me learn!


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. I'm so fortunate to have you as a reminder-er through these incredible blog posts you continue to write and share. I need to remind myself to get to the gym, and my family is a constant reminder to keep life in perspective. Fortunately I'm habitual on the gratitude factor which is proof positive if we do anything long enough it becomes second nature. Back to why I need a reminder to exercise!

  2. And thank YOU for the way you teach! A few of my reminders are: 1. Upon awakening (still sleepy, mind you) move my facial muscles into a SMILE.  It's amazing how it uplifts the moment. 2. Make a deal with myself to get the task done that I fear most.  3. Remind myself to stretch and move if I sit more than 1 hour and 4. Make sure that I do something in the day that helps someone else out, no matter how small.  Now, how do I print this list off of this site?

  3. I need to be reminded too, of the things that I am grateful for.  You asked what our reminders are – well, serving the homeless for me is a reminder that I really have no right to complain about anything in my house – I am lucky and blessed to have a roof over my head!  I'm also blessed to have winter coats, shoes, hot meals……thanks for the reminder Linda!

  4. You are so brilliant when it comes to finding ways to APPLY the truths we chose to embrace. And THAT's the hardest part. I have learned so much from you, as a motivational speaker, and as a friend. Thanks for the reminder.

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