You Little Story Teller You

motivational_speaker_Linda_Larsen_storytellingMost motivational speakers are looking for life's best kept secrets – and I think I have stumbled upon one of the greatest ones.  The secret to why some people with a lot of adversity in their lives are happy – and some with every advantage in the world are miserable.  It often (dare I say “almost always”) comes down to the stories we make up about what happened to us in our lives.  

I just started working out regularly again.  Accordingly, there are a lot of screaming muscles in my body right now.  At some point I decided that the “meaning” of sore muscles was very positive.  That I should rejoice and leap for joy because that was a sign that wonderful things were happening.   So, when I heard the lady in the gym yesterday lamenting that her muscles hurt SO badly and that she was in such pain, I said to her, “Hooray!  Yeah!  Brilliant!”

She looked at me like I’d lost my mind and then said, “It doesn’t FEEL like a brilliant thing!”

Ahhh.  Yes, but feelings FOLLOW the story we make up about the facts!!!  It goes like this:

  1. There are observable facts (Sore muscles)
  2. We make up a story about (give meaning to) the facts (It's a bad thing)
  3. Feelings come about as a result of the story we make up (Discouragement, misery)
  4. Our actions are then shaped by our feelings (We stop working out)

My muscles still ache – but because I really believe that this is a good thing – I’m more likely to keep going for it.

Try this.  For the rest of the week, precede every judgment you make, about yourself, other people, or life in general, with “The story I made up is…”

You’ll begin to truly understand why you have the feelings that you have about certain things, and how those feelings have influenced your actions – which have gotten you certain results. 

Start over.  Find SOME positive reason behind those facts.  Make up better stories. 

You ARE the author of your own life!!!  Why not write a best-seller!!

From your motivational speaker Linda Larsen, making up funny, happy, wonderful stories


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. You GO GIRL! If anybody can show us how to rewrite our story YOU can! I've been working out regularly since January too. It's hard to keep up the pace – but I'm working at creating a new habit instead of a new to-do list. We'll do this together!!!!!

  2. So pround of you and all my motivational speaker buddies who continue to inspire.  Keep up the great work!  The stories that we tell, what a great post…we are in control of our past aren't we?  The story of our past does affect our future.  Sing it Linda!

  3. Right on, Linda!  That's what I tell my students in my fitness classes too!  Sore muscles = stronger muscles.  Now it's time to take your challenge and look at the other judgements I make and rewrite with a positive spin.  Thanks oh motivational teacher, you!

  4. Linda, I love how you tell a story! Truth, truth and more truth. And how wonderful you've created a new habit of exercising. That gym will never be the same with you encouraging others to celebrate their muscles by telling a new story.


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