Funny Motivational Speaker Linda Larsen presents...

Linda's Positively Speaking Blog

Rants & Raves by Funny Motivational Speaker Linda Larsen


How to Stay Seriously Stuck

By Linda Larsen - Thursday, December 01, 2016
Featured Image

I suppose ALL motivational speakers on the planet talk about what TO do in order to be successful in life, but it suddenly occurred to me that it might also be of value to talk about what NOT to do. Like what NOT to do if I had some habit that I wanted to change. A habit like…oh, I don't know…eating sugar. How about that one. So instead of looking at what I SHOULD be doing to change this crappy behavior, let me look at what I am doing that is keeping me stuck. And if you are interested in changing some self-destructive habit, here are a few things that may be keeping you stuck. I'll use the example of my sugar consumption:

1. Argue for your limitations. If you do, they are yours. "But I have an addiction to sugar! THAT'S why I can't stop eating it!" Okay, good to know. It's now yours for life.

2. Blame other people. LOVE this one! It absolves you of all responsibility! "I COULD stop sugar, but YOU keep bringing stuff into the house!" Oh…you poor little victim, you.

3. Rationalize and deny. Ever heard yourself say, "Well, it's not THAT bad." Uh, yes. It is. Your butt's as big as a snow plow. Get a three-way mirror.

4. Don't Think Ahead. Going to a party? Do NOT fill up on veggies and lean protein before you leave. Go really, really hungry so you'll eat anything and everything that comes within a 10 foot radius of you as you walk in the door.

5. Focus on the problem. Do NOT think about a solution. Do NOT put a picture in your mind of how glorious you will feel when you've overcome the problem. ONLY think about how awful, difficult and miserable this is – and how hopeless, pitiful and weak you are. Wallow in it. Ooooooh. That feels good, right?

6. Wait to get started until tomorrow. Or Monday. Or on the 1st of January. Or when the moon is in Jupiter. And while you’re waiting, have another bowl of ice cream…

So this is the start of my list. I'm sure there's more, but for right now, I'm going to focus on doing the OPPOSITE of everything on this list. And, in keeping with number 6, I'm going to my refrigerator right now and throwing out my ice cream. 

I can do this...I can do this...I can do this...

About the Author

Linda Larsen, CSP, CPAE is a Hall of Fame Speaker, professional actress, best-selling author and serious lover of doggies. Linda speaks at conferences and meetings around the world, helping people bring the very best version of themselves to life every day! To talk to Linda about how she can contribute to the success of your next event, call 941-927-4700. Or go to Book Linda Now!

Like this blog? Share it!

Recent Posts



Tag Cloud

iPhone4S raving fans bad drivers clinical depression goal setting difficult patients stress management Dr. Brene Brown, The Wholehearted Parenting Manifesto personality types National Car Rental achievements losing weight divorce statistics funny motivational speaker motivational speaker on communication dental practice marshmallow test shakespeare marriage Donald Trump nonverbal communication gripers criticism truth in politics healthcare aging bipolar disorder actors power of a smile mattress recommendation mental illness Broadway compassion Tim Richardson friendships latex mattress review change panic attacks Changing perspectives cheerleading Lenscrafters speaking nightmares changing behaviors bottom line improvement raising happy children anxiety American Idol fact checking unhappy employees husbands who don't listen dental practice strategies Conrad Hall flying eyebrows acting the business of motivational speaker motivational speaker Linda Larsen habits stonewalling brain chemistry overcoming adversity conflict management confidence PhotoShop advertising fear of trump presidency how to listen liking personal development personal responsibility humor finding humor complainers how to get what you want positive attitude how to become a motivational speaker southern accent personal growth patient service vision boards whiners joy controlling your emotional state Asolo State Theater dr. john gottman understanding zig ziglar negative thinking building rapport funny motivational speakers mans search for meaning listening skills laughter appreciation customer service training effective communication defensiveness beauty airline pilots difficult people building character motivation public speaking horror stories happiness at work happy customers expectations remodel stress Hamilton how to deal with negative people linda larsen sleep Meryl Runion funny video coping with anxiety motivational speaker Brad Montgomery attitude Gary Marachek what you name the thing Politifact self talk parenting election 2016 how to have high self-esteem attitudes encouragement humorous motivational speaker changing habits cell phone addiction self confidence magic act happiness multi-tasking speak up Hillary Clinton selling happiness gratitude chronic back pain stressful elections depression high self-esteem Kay Frances trust in relationships listening Noah Racey's Pulse funny motivational speaker Linda Larsen learning personal achievement costumes communication model successful dental practices Kelly Swanson truth Lin-Manuel Miranda motivational speaker on customer service feeling good Viktor Frankl customer service how to happy Dr. Phil back relief motivational speaker success goal achievement handling fear bucket list how to strengthen relationships positive perspective time management self-image facebook activity relationship building proactive people motivational speaker communication Shakespeare, thank-you notes passion lying in politics holiday stress best bed for bad back tension contempt reframing gender communication success communication skills gift ideas motivational speakers political anxiety managing stress achieving success getting to yes good night's sleep