With regards to “motivational speaking”, I’m bit of a skeptic. So, imagine my surprise when I discovered that regularly watching motivational videos had a significant effect on my entire life. There’s nothing scientific relating to this experiment. It’s the definition of anecdotal. It’s my own singular experience, placed within the context of an extremely busy lifestyle. I can’t guarantee that the outcome of the videos which i describe to you below will have the same influence on your daily life. I can only testify to how my own life has changed after adopting that one daily habit.
Every morning, on my drive into work, I would launch random motivational video #1 and pay attention to it during my forty-minute drive. The motivational videos were typically 5 to 7 minutes each. The valuable lesson from the lives of achievers is that they chip away at their mental blocks more consistently than others. Ten TED Talks underscore one particular thing – it’s all within the mind.
Next, during lunchtime, I would slip on some headphones and pay attention to another random 5-minute motivational video #2. Finally, on my drive home after your day, I would randomly select motivational video #3. At the beginning, I came across the schedule challenging to keep. I’m normally a very busy and driven person since it is, so remembering to listen or watch another video wasn’t easy. However, within just the first days, I started noticing some very interesting, almost unnerving, changes in myself.
How do you feel about motivational videos? You might think that they’re nothing but glorified, digital pep rallies where overly optimistic people preach empty words of success, victory, and ultimately happiness. The one thing i never would have expected about this experience had not been the fact that the motivational videos seemed to deliver more energy and more drive on a daily basis – that’s predictable. What wasn’t predictable was that doing this experiment would modify the entire focus of my life.
As opposed to you dealing with each video channel on YouTube, we thought we’d ease the burden and recommend several choice clips that will tell you tips for boosting your productivity. Because I paid awareness of each one of the speakers in these videos, I began looking around at my life a little bit more – in the issues i took without any consideration; on the habits I’d formed for comfort rather than my dreams; as well as at the choices I had made for all the wrong reasons.
It was during a long hike one day (with a motivational video playing in my headset) if the realization finally hit me. Up until that day, I’d been making choices according to what everybody else may think of me. I chose engineering as opposed to writing, because our kids convinced me that focusing on money first would let me concentrate on my dreams later. I chose a lasting goal of management at my job, as opposed to a long term goal that would make me truly happy. Then your next questions to ponder came along, through these sessions of paying attention to motivational videos:
What things do you want to be remembered for? If you knew you weren’t gonna be here tomorrow, would you be making choices and going to a job you hate because you’re scared of what might happen later in the event you pursue your dreams today? I’d been working my entire life – working more hours each day than many people – just to survive; to get out of debt, to keep my head above mounting medical bills, to provide our family an improved life, and also to hopefully leave something to my children when I’m gone.
There exists one motivational quote from Les Brown that struck me like a bunch of bricks – it’s a thing that I’ll always remember: “The graveyard is the richest put on earth, as it is here that you will discover all of the hopes and dreams that were never fulfilled, the books which were never written, the songs that have been never sung, the inventions that were never shared, the cures that were never discovered, all because someone was too afraid to adopt that first step, keep with the problem, or determined to carry out their dream.” So, which was the second of realization. But did it materialize into anything real?
Truth be told, it absolutely was only on Week 2 of this experiment that I started noticing actual, physical variations in my life. I’m unsure when it was the higher energy level that this videos provided me with every morning, however for mnrdud strange reason, I had dropped ten pounds in the first couple of weeks of the experiment.
Somewhere in this second week, once I had laid out those key life dreams, I sat down and took a good look at my to-do list and my long term plans. My previous list had such things as starting 4-5 businesses that I believed would make a lot of money. My new list looked entirely different – and rather than beginning focusing on money, I focused on whether I imagined myself being happy in 10-two decades if these new dreams were successful.
What I realized was rather shocking – I wound up deleting most of my past so-called “dreams”. Why was I so dedicated to generating money, after learning throughout my entire life that earning more cash has never been enough – i always needed more? Instead of surviving, my new focus – and my new daily goals and also to-do lists – will be focused not on surviving, but on thriving; being happy today, because we’re not certain to have tomorrow. No one is guaranteed tomorrow. Today is all you truly have – today, this moment, is exactly what you must work together with. So, every moment has to be the best; not lived in fear of a future with not enough, but lived with all the belief that should you do everything you love today, tomorrow your life is going to be in excess of you ever imagined possible.