Need Help With Self-Motivation?

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This past weekend I attended the Toastmasters Conference.  If you don’t know what Toastmasters is –  NO, it’s not a secret recipe to make great toast!  Instead, it’s an international organization promoting and perfecting communication and leadership development.  Toastmasters is the reason I am a Professional Speaker today. 

When I entered my first meeting eight years ago, I had no intention of getting up in front of an audience to speak.  I went to the meeting because I was facing a very dark time of my life, and I had nowhere else to go.  As I walked in the door, I was greeted by so many smiling faces.  I felt like I was in an episode of Cheers where “everyone knows your name.”

With lots of encouragement, and a big nudge, from my club members, I began to enter contests.  As I won and advanced to the next level, then the next, I became more confident, developed a voice I didn’t even know I had, and found my way in a new world.

So recently I entered yet another contest, won at two levels, then came in second.  Just like that – it was over.  And I wondered: Why  do I keep doing this?  Why do I keep opening myself up to rejection and feeling crummy?

Then I took it one step further and wondered about life.  About my profession.  What about anyone’s daily dance with rejection?  Then I found this video by Mel Robbins.  I had actually never heard of her before, but her video touched me in a way that few ever do.  So I’d like to share it with you.  

If you’ve ever been scared; if you’ve ever faced life challenges that have brought you to your knees, this may help to put it all in perspective:

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