With regards to “motivational speaking”, I’m slight skeptic. So, imagine my surprise when I found that regularly watching motivational videos had a significant effect on my entire life. There’s nothing scientific relating to this experiment. It’s the meaning of anecdotal. It’s my own singular experience, placed within the context of an extremely busy lifestyle. I can’t guarantee that the impact of the videos that I describe to you below will have the identical influence on your lifestyle. I can only testify to how my own life has changed after adopting this daily habit.

Each morning, in my drive into work, I would launch random motivational video #1 and listen to it during my forty-minute drive. The motivational videos were typically 5 to 7 minutes each. The precious 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 might slip on some headphones and pay attention to another random 5-minute motivational video #2. Finally, on my drive home at the end of the morning, I would personally randomly select motivational video #3. At the start, I found the schedule difficult to keep. I’m normally a very busy and driven person as it is, so remembering to listen or watch another video wasn’t easy. However, within just the first few days, I began noticing some fascinating, almost unnerving, changes in myself.

How can you feel about motivational videos? You might think that they’re simply glorified, digital pep rallies where overly optimistic people preach empty words of success, victory, and ultimately happiness. One thing that I never might have expected about this experience was not the truth that the motivational videos seemed to give me more energy and much more drive on a daily basis – that’s predictable. What wasn’t predictable was that doing this experiment would change the entire focus of my well being.

Instead of you going through each video channel online, we thought we’d ease the responsibility and recommend several choice clips that will show you tips for boosting your productivity. Because I paid awareness of each one of the speakers during these videos, I started looking around at my life a little more – on the a few things i took as a given; on the habits I’d formed for comfort as opposed to my dreams; and at your choices I had made for all of the wrong reasons.

It was during a long hike one day (using a motivational video playing within my headset) when the realization finally hit me. Until on that day, I’d been making choices according to what everybody else may think of me. I chose engineering rather than writing, because my family convinced me that focusing on money first would allow me to concentrate on my dreams later. I decided a long term goal of management at my job, instead of a long-term goal that will make me truly happy. Then your next questions to ponder came along, over these sessions of listening to motivational videos:

What things do you want to be remembered for? In the event you knew you weren’t gonna be here tomorrow, are you making choices and seeing a job you hate because you’re afraid of what might happen later if you pursue your dreams today? I’d been working my entire life – working more hours a day than most people – only to survive; to get free from debt, to help keep my head above mounting medical bills, to give our kids an improved life, and to hopefully leave something to my children when I’m gone.

There is certainly 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 place on earth, since it is here that you will discover each of the hopes and dreams that have been never fulfilled, the books which were never written, the songs that have been never sung, the inventions which were never shared, the cures which were never discovered, all because someone was too afraid to take that first step, keep using the problem, or determined to undertake their dream.” So, which had been the moment of realization. But made it happen materialize into anything real?

Believe it or not, it had been only on Week 2 of this experiment i started noticing actual, physical variations in my entire life. I’m unsure if this was the higher energy level the videos gave me every day, but for mnrdud strange reason, I had dropped 10 pounds within the first couple of weeks of this experiment.

Somewhere in this second week, once I had laid out those key life dreams, I sat down and took a closer look at my to-do list and my long term plans. My previous list had things like starting 4-5 businesses that I figured will make plenty of cash. My new list looked entirely different – and rather than starting off centering on money, I focused on whether or not I imagined myself being happy in 10-twenty years if these new dreams were successful.

The Things I realized was rather shocking – I wound up deleting almost all of my past so-called “dreams”. Why was I so centered on generating money, after learning throughout my well being that earning more money has never been enough – which i always needed more? Rather than surviving, my new focus – and my new daily goals as well as-do lists – could be focused not on surviving, but on thriving; being happy today, because we’re not sure to have tomorrow. Nobody is guaranteed tomorrow. Today is perhaps all you actually have – today, this moment, is the thing that you need to work together with. So, every moment has to be your very best; not lived in the fear of a potential with insufficient, but lived using the belief that if you do everything you love today, tomorrow your daily life will be greater than you ever imagined possible.