Updated: June 6, 2021
It’s Wednesday and you just got home from work.
You are utterly exhausted, but you NEED to go to the gym.
What’s your move?
I’ve been there and the struggle can be immense.
For those days I am struggling the most, I fire up my favorite YouTube motivational videos.
90% of information transmitted to the brain is visual and visuals are processed 60,000 times faster in the brain than text.
Why do you need these videos the most?
- Next time it’s cold and dark outside and you don’t want to go to the gym.
- When Monday morning rolls around and a long, grueling work week is staring you right in the face.
- When you are ready to go out to the club on a Saturday night and need a crazy adrenaline boost.
WARNING: These videos are intense.
MOTIVATIONAL VIDEO #10 – WHY DO WE FALL
Favorite line: “Don’t be afraid to fail. You can’t always win, but don’t be afraid of making decisions.”
Always go after what you want. Everybody has fears, doubts, and anxiety – but the only way to overcome this is to put it all aside and GO AFTER IT!
MOTIVATIONAL VIDEO #9 – WHAT IS SUCCESS
Favorite line: “Your brain doesn’t want you to be a big success. Your brain just wants to keep you alive. Your brain doesn’t give a fuck about your little bullshit dreams….it’s gonna lie to you, it’s gonna trick you until you can get it on your team.”
You must progressively change your mind state, pushing through the resistance piece by piece. Only then will you arrive where you want to be in life. Put aside all the nonsense. It HAS TO START WITH YOU – nobody can do it for you!
MOTIVATIONAL VIDEO #8 – BE A CHAMPION
Favorite line: “WHO AM I? I AM A CHAMPION” Plus every other line in the speech basically.
This is loosely based on the U.S. Army Ranger creed. Every sentence is kick ass, and any team that hears this speech pre-game is bound to go out there is dominate, or at least give every ounce of effort they have – THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR US TO NOT DO THE SAME THING DAILY IN LIFE!
MOTIVATIONAL VIDEO #7 – GREG PLITT
Favorite line: “When you go to a gravesite, you see XYZ buried here, right? A year of birth, a DASH, and a year of death. It’s what you do in the DASH that will make someone come to visit that fucking gravesite.”
If you don’t know who Greg Plitt is, you are missing out big time. This guy is one of the most well-known bodybuilders in the world – and every video he makes gets you fired up like there is no tomorrow. I highly suggest you check his website and his other mini videos on YouTube, in addition to his incredible workout routines, the guy is a walking quote book of awesomeness! STOP WAITING AND START YOUR TRANSFORMATION TODAY!!
(Note: Sadly Greg passed away in 2015. He will be missed)
MOTIVATIONAL VIDEO #6 – HOW BAD DO YOU WANT IT?
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“How Bad Do You Want It?” is a theme that will be repeated as we round out our top motivational videos. This one has no words; but contains a powerful sequence of events – a man seemingly homeless who does WHATEVER IT TAKES to get it together to achieve his dream of being a professional boxer. Most of us are not living in the streets and actually have the MEANS to make a positive change happen. The hard part is having the balls and determination to MAKE IT HAPPEN!
MOTIVATIONAL VIDEO #5 – BE BLIND
Favorite line: “What if you had to learn hurt, trust pain, and embrace struggle. Would you still be concerned with being realistic? Would you still figure your odds, and calculate your chances?”
This video asks you a simple question; how bad would you FIGHT, how DESPERATE would you act, what BOUNDARIES would you cross if you were blind and told there was a way for you to see again??This is obviously a drastic example, but it is meant to show that we all have the FIGHT within us, and nothing but FEAR holds us back from leaving our comfort zones.
MOTIVATIONAL VIDEO #4 – IRON MIKE TYSON MOTIVATIONAL SPEECH
Favorite line: “My style is impetuous. My defense is impregnable. And I’m just ferocious. I want your heart. I want to EAT his children!”
Say what you want about Mike Tyson, but the guy was a SAVAGE in the ring. The music really makes this video what it is, and the incoherent interview makes for a great buildup to when it gets real at the :45 second mark. This video jacks me up whenever I watch it, and I have seen it 100 times. Tyson DIDN’T GIVE A SHIT what anybody thought about him and went out, WORKED HARD, and dominated!
MOTIVATIONAL VIDEO #3 – ANY GIVEN SUNDAY LOCKER ROOM SPEECH
Favorite line: “We claw with our fingernails for that inch, cause we know when we add up all those inches, that’s gonna make the fucking difference between winning and losing, between LIVING AND DYING!”
If you are a male and even have the slightest interest in sports, you have seen the movie “Any Given Sunday.” Its a classic and Al Pacino puts on a show; especially with this epic halftime speech. There is too much WIN in everything he says, and it can be applied to everything off the football field, particularly YOUR LIFE!
MOTIVATIONAL VIDEO #2 – LIVE YOUR LIFE JUST DO WHATEVER MAKES YOU HAPPY TODAY
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This one has no speeches, no quotes, no verbal inspiration. JUST WATCH!! This is the epitome of what Shameless Pride stands for. The guy leaves everything he has ever known, and DOES WHAT HE WANTS! He gets over his breakup and his job and goes out ALONE and DOES HIM!
There is some hate in the comments on this video and I don’t understand why. What this video stands for is simple – look beyond his travels and actions. Its not about the spending of the money, or the girls, or the locations. He puts his FEARS aside and goes out and LIVES. There are 1000 ways to do this, but make sure that every day, every week, you are leaving your COMFORT ZONE and doing new things. Once you begin this process, THERE WILL BE NO GOING BACK!
MOTIVATIONAL VIDEO #1 – HOW BAD DO YOU WANT IT? (SUCCESS)
Favorite line: “When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.” Every line is noteworthy.
Perhaps the most famous motivational speech/video in existence – this gem has been viewed over 25 million times on YouTube. I am not one to buck the trend when something is worthwhile, and that is exactly what this is. The speech is by Eric Thomas (the Hip Hop Preacher) and follows the training of East Carolina’s Giavanni Ruffin as he prepared for the upcoming NFL draft. The words in this video are echoed throughout most of the other montages you will find on YouTube. EVERYTHING SAID IN THIS VIDEO NEEDS TO BECOME EMBEDDED IN YOUR BRAIN! That is all.
Side note: Giavanni is currently an NFL Free Agent, but that does not stop him from inspiring people to this day. He founded Take No Days Off, which sells some sick ass gym apparel. I highly recommend checking it out.
At the end of the day, the message is simple – DO NOT FEAR THE UNKNOWN.
DO NOT STAY UNHAPPY BECAUSE IT FEELS ‘SAFE’.