Motivational Mondays: I am swimming with alligators!

contributed by: Shannon Oleen  

Lions, Tigers and Alligators, oh, my, What!!

If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you know that a few weeks ago I put together a reel for a reporting job with the NFL in London.  Let's clarify something. 

I was terrified. 

I was terrified for a variety of reasons; putting my name out there, trying for such a big opportunity, the thought of "what if I fail," etc., etc.…. However, I chose not to let my nerves or fear get in the way. You see, every day I speak to audiences and coach individuals on following their dreams and not letting anything stand in their way.  Wayne Gretzky was quoted as saying, “You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.” That quote alone, is what drives 90% of what I do. 

You see, it’s so easy to just sit at home on the coach and watch TV.  It’s comfortable, fun and honestly, it’s so much easier than taking risks. If your dreams were easy, then everyone would be doing their dream job. But the reality is, is that it takes a lot of hard work and perseverance to live the life you love. 

So that’s why I took a huge leap and put together a reporting reel. 

Guess what.  I didn’t get it. 

But I’ve been holding out on a huge secret.  Around the same time, I filled out a different application to take a group of collegiate leaders on a 13-day trek through the Florida Everglades to study Situational Leadership.

My application was approved.   

It’s official.  In two months, I will be living on a canoe for 13 days with alligators at my fingertips.  Oh my.

I write this blog today as a reminder that living the life you love, although different for each of us, is about taking risks, working hard and throwing your hat into the ring. Some days you might not win. Some days you might have monumental successes. Through all of it though, the journey of living your dream life is worth it.

Where will you be on January 1, 2014?  Will you be taking one step forward towards living your dreams?  Will you be ringing in the New Year with joy, purpose and determination for what’s ahead? 

If not, how can I help you get there?

Aside from our speaking and coaching programs, we are very excited to introduce something so awesome for you in just a few short weeks!  If you have ever wondered how other people are successful, how to create your own personal success or just need some clarity in your own life, then now is the time.  I can’t wait to show you what we have been working so hard on over the last couple of weeks, just for you.
So, cheers to the leaves changing, a month of thanksgiving and the opportunity for one more day to live a life that we love. 

Wishing you all the best today! Stay tuned – I’ll be sure to update you before I leave for my big trip!    

Have a comment? I would love to hear your thoughts!  Head on over to the blog and leave a message. 

For daily inspiration and blogs from Motivational Speaker Shannon Oleen, visit: | Twitter | Facebook | Youtube

Shannon Oleen is widely recognized as a leading authority in finding passion, creating positive change and reaching personal goals. A former NFL Cheerleader, Pryor Leadership Fellow, and 4-H State Council Alumna, she has entertained and educated audiences around the world, receiving several accolades and awards throughout her career. The Kansas City native relates how hard work, the right attitude and passion really will lead you to achieving your dreams.  Shannon’s enthusiasm combined with her inspirational message is a compelling call to action for people who are ready to conquer their dreams, too.  

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Comment by Nicky on November 4, 2013 at 9:42pm



I am proud of you. :)




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