I Have A New Dream

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Motivational Speaker Kelly Swanson is an award-winning storyteller, author, and comedian who teaches you how to harness the power of your story to connect, engage, and get results. In this blog, Kelly focuses on the business of professional speaking. Kelly’s post day is Friday. If you aren't sure how to comment on this story, click here.

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Today is the day I embark on a new dream…as a funny motivational speaker

I haven’t ditched the old dream of spreading humor and hope as a funny motivational speaker. I’ve just added a new piece. A scary piece. And as with any new dream, it brings along a healthy dose of fears. Things like….

  • What if it’s not any good?
  • What if they don’t buy it?
  • Who am I to do this?
  • It’s going to take me a long time.
  • What if it’s awful and gets bad reviews?
  • I don’t really have the time.
  • It’s not in my business plan.
  • This is a huge project.
  • Other people are better at it than me.
  • What if they laugh and call me a joke?

Those are just a few. Yeah, my inner voice can be a b*#ch sometimes.  And for years she has won this debate. She has made me put down the pen and walk away from this dream in search of things more sensible.

But no more.

Today I banish her. Take away her power.

Today I clutch my pen and declare to the world that I. Will. Do. This.

I am going to write a novel.

Yes, I said it.

I am going to write a novel!

Big deal, you might be saying.

Yes, for me it is.  Because of all those pesky fears. But today my dream is bigger. Today I choose to do this – for me. And nobody else.

Writing brings me great joy. Even the thought of writing a novel makes me smile like a love-sick teenager.

So why not now? Why not today? Why not me?

It’s time.

What about you?

Time to start your dream?

Let’s jump together.


Going after our dreams is not something we do for them. It’s something we do for us.”