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Inspirational videos are one of the best ways that you can kick off your workdays. It's hard finding the motivation to keep pushing towards the same goals over a long period. You eventually get tired or just want to chase after something new and exciting.

You want to consume inspirational videos before you need them. The goal is to keep yourself in the right place mentally. You don't want to sink into a bad place and then NEED a motivational video to climb out.

"Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you." - Walt Whitman

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What You Will Learn in This Article

Why You Need Inspirational Videos? 

You need inspirational videos because extrinsic motivation gets you going. The goal is always to be intrinsically motivated, but that can take time. Until you want it for yourself, you need to use external sources of motivation, no matter how short-lived.

Motivation is like showering, you need it each and every day. No matter how clean you are getting out of the shower, you're never set for life. The same is valid with motivation. You can be the most motivated person alive one day, but circumstances can change that quickly. 

Inspirational videos can also give you insight into how others think. The 15 videos below future some of the most influential minds the world has ever seen. You get to learn how they approached success and obstacles so that you can get better.

  • Extrinsic motivations can become intrinsic over time 
  • You need inspiration daily 
  • Learn from the best 

8 Inspirational Videos 

The Rock Speech to The Lakers

The Rock kills this speech. It's unbelievable how far he has come after having all of his football dreams dashed away. He speaks on how he uses the weight room as the foundation for all of his success. 

You also see the power of his mind and how he battled through injury when it mattered most. He used being down to turn out one of the most excellent performances ever.

Our Deepest Fear -  Coach Carter

This scene at the end of the movie, Coach Carter speaks volumes about our own fears. Everyone can relate to this speech because it speaks right to the human soul. Our deepest fear is that we are inadequate.

Mamba Mentality

Kobe Bryant had one of the sickest work ethics that the world has ever seen. He was willing to send a message to anyone that they would never outwork him. He was willing to do anything to make sure that he was the best at his craft. 

Sleep Faster By Arnold Schwarznegger

A lot of people sleep on Arnold, not realizing how compelling his story is. He came to America with a strong vision. That was all he had. The muscle, the real estate, the money, the acting, and the political career all had to be earned. He had to build his life brick by brick based on that vision.

The Wolf of Wallstreet 

Some jobs require cold calling or other tasks that can sometimes be daunting. The Wolf of Wall Street is one of the best sales movies ever created. He was able to create a sales system and then duplicate it by building a large hungry sales force ready to sell. You finish watching this, and you want to go and sell.

5 Rules for The Rest of Life by Matthew McConaughey

Out of all of the videos on this list, this one comes with the most practical advice. You want to listen to this at least once a month to make sure that you're on the right track. 

Self Discipline by Will Smith

Will Smith equates self-discipline with self-love, and he is one of the first to make this connection. If you love yourself, you're disciplined because it helps you to preserve yourself. When you lack discipline, you engage in actions that often hurt your future.

7 More Inspirational Videos 

Injy Johnson - Its Not About You

Inky Johnson has one of the best stories out there. He was able to take a tragedy that would break most people and inspire the world. Here is what is cool, he does not make it about him. What motivates him is all of the people that have helped him throughout his life.

As Bad As You Want to Breathe - Eric Thomas

This classic Eric Thomas video never gets old. Everything he talks about in this video is right, and you finish it knowing that you can do more to succeed. You have to want it more than everyone else. 

Friday Night Lights - Ivory Goes Off

The character talking in this scene is quiet for the whole movie. It's not until the end of the film that he finally goes off. When the quiet person starts talking like this, you know everyone has to listen. If you need quick inspiration for some sales calls or for a workout, this is a great go-to.

Make Your Bed by William McRaven of the Usa Navy

Everyone wants to change the world, but no one wants to change the little things in their own lives first. You can't change the world before you change your country, city, community, street, house, or yourself. Change how you do the little things, and the world will change.

Don't Lose Your Soul by Matthew McConaughey

The whole point of this video is to remind you to stay away from things that pull you away from what you want. Bad jobs, negative friends, horrible music, or anything else that gets your mind in the wrong place should be avoided.

Mike Tyson Training Motivation 

Iron Mike Tyson is one of the most feared athletes to ever walk the face of this earth. You don't ever want to be in a ring with this guy. There are no inspirational words with this video. It's just mike Tyson training and knocking people out. 

You've Got to Want It - Eric Thomas

The Pursuit of Happiness is one of the best movies for entrepreneurship. The only way to make this movie better is to take the best scene and put Eric Thomas on it. 

When Should You Watch Inspirational Videos?

Make inspirational videos a part of your morning routine and your nighttime routine. Most people can understand why you want to watch a video in the morning. It provides you with the motivation to go hard through your workday.

What many miss is the power of watching inspirational videos before you got to bed. You want the last thing you see before getting in bed to get you excited to get up the next day and go to work. 

Anytime you need a quick pick up, you should have a few videos ready. Maybe you got bad news, or the day is just not going the way you thought it would. The worst thing you can do is let the wrong moment ruin your whole day.

  • Morning videos help you to get your day started
  • Evening videos get you excited for the next day
  • Have inspirational videos ready for hard days and moments

About the author

Ian Warner has spent over 15 years building positive habits as a track athlete. He went on to become an All-American sprinter at Iowa State, and he represented Canada at the 2012 Olympics. Ian founded Habit Stacker and dedicated his life to helping people to develop winning habits.

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