Many of you will not be aware but Paulette McCormack, Director of Fresh HR Insights Pty Ld is completing her Public Speaking Accreditation through PowerTalk. As part of this Paulette needed to write a speech to Inspire and deliver it. Glad to say she passed with flying colours and below is the speech. 

Speech to inspire

Today, is a good day. Do you all agree?



Because someone you love is sick, or perhaps you feel under the weather – or because you don’t have enough money in your pocket – or maybe because all you want right now is some sleep?

But I still say: today is a good day.

I shall be stubborn and adamant on this, till someone can prove me wrong.  And to prove me wrong, you will have to convince me, that just being alive today, doesn’t make it a good day. Because you know what? I firmly believe that as long as you live, everything will be okay. It doesn’t sound as impressive when I say it, but it was most beautifully expressed by Daphne du Maurier, and hear what she said:

‘‘You will embark on a fair sea, and at times there will be fair weather, but not always, You will meet storms and overcome them, You will take it in turns to steer your boat through fair weather and foul, Never lose courage, Save harbour awaits you…in the end.’’
There, now do I have everyone’s vote that today is a good day? Probably not, but I’ll let you all clap for me anyway. Because I believe in staying positive! And today, I want you to start believing in it too. Yes, right here and right now. You can start immediately, no registration required. It’s absolutely free too! All you have to do is to believe, with every fibre of your heart and mind, that today is a good day. Because by doing that, you will conquer the obstacles in your path, and break free from the stress that you have harboured inside of you.

By believing that today is a good day, you will teach yourself to compromise.

Today I want each and everyone in the audience to dig deep and find your most precious, most valuable ability. The one ability that can make or break you, the one that can help you survive even on the brinks of death. And that ability is your ability to bounce back. The ability to face hard times and challenges head-on, and push through, and achieve what you were looking for.

You see, the obstacles on the way make the goal rewarding. The ups and downs in life make life worth living. It would be a pretty bland existence if everything was just running fine, every day, all the time. Yes, you would be bored of perfect weather all year round – even if you hate it when the rain soaks your shoes. Taking each and every development as ‘good’ will help you build a strong, positive mindset.

 There are some adversities which may seem to be just too much to bear – just last week a student committed suicide because his mother was diagnosed with cancer. He couldn’t face it – the stress of the treatments, the worry of the effect on studies, and the fear of tomorrow laid to rest a young life that had so much before him. Where was he to find positivity from, you ask?

Well, I will risk sounding clichéd, but I must say: every cloud has a silver lining. If he had had a positive mindset, he would have contacted the support groups of cancer survivors who could have pulled him through the fear, as well as help his mom. He could have lived, if only he would have believed that things will get better. Cultivating this belief is not easy: but it’s not hard either. Repeat after me!

 Today is a good day.

You’ve lost a pet to a flu today – but it’s good that poor Bubbles won’t feel any pain anymore. And it’s a good day because maybe you can adopt a needy soul from the rescue shelter now? I’m telling you, it’s very important to see things from this perspective. When you start thinking positive early and start building a positive mindset, you can control your mind and your emotions in a way that even baffles science. You will see solutions when everyone else looses hope. You can be the key to your own successes. Once you’re in control, nothing can unhinge you. Be positive. Be happy. Be strong. Today is a good day.’’

Terrie Brushette summed this up well.

  • Never stop caring about the little things in life.
  • Never stop dreaming, and don’t give into strife.
  • Never stop wondering are we on our own.
  • Never stop thinking has your spirituality grown.
  • Never stop building bridges that lead to better tomorrows.
  • Never stop trying, and don’t give into sorrow.
  • Never stop feeling amazed at the beauty that surrounds you.
  • Never stop hearing the music, and don’t give into the blues.
  • Never stop pushing away negative thoughts that make you feel sad.
  • Never stop looking at the all the miracles we have had.
  • Never stop loving the ones you hold dear.
  • Never stop giving, and don’t give into the fear.
  • Never stop smiling, but look forward to each new day.
  • Never stop shining in your own special way.
  • Never forget that all storms will clear.
  • Remember brighter tomorrows are always near.