Inspiration and Motivation

  • Podcast

    The Happier Podcast
    Wishing for more happiness is something most of us are familiar with, but it’s the actions you take that determine how much joy you will have in life. These podcasts will give you a glimpse into the lives of other people and how they are choosing happiness every single day. If you’ve ever wanted to create more happiness in your life, then The Happier Podcast is for you. Host, Gretchen Rubin, examines daily habits and the role they play in the overall quality of your life. From work and friendships to productivity and creativity, Rubin uses humor and human nature to deliver simple tips that can help you live a happier life. This episode and many others can be found available on your favorite podcast player apps


    How A Student Changed Her Study Habits By Setting Goals and Managing Time
    TEDx Talks
    You never know how much time you really have until you start to use it. Are you as efficient and productive as you can be? High school junior Yana Savitsky shares how the Pomodoro method changed the way she thinks and acts towards her work, allowing her to make the most of her time and achieve her goals. Yana Savitsky is a sophomore at Lake Forest High School. Taking rigorous academic courses at the AP and honors level, she is constantly flooded with strenuous assignments. Outside of academics, however, Yana has a passion for storytelling and helping others, whether it is visually, through the lens of a camera in New Media, or speaking out for social change and volunteering. Nonetheless, Yana seeks to efficiently and effectively complete her coursework, and even excel in it through maximizing her time with the Pomodoro Method, conveniently the topic of her TED talk.

    How to Build Self Confidence 
    TEDx Talks 
    It's possible to change your life by changing your perspective on the perceived obstacle. CeCe Olisa is a Lifestyle Blogger and Co-Founder of the CURVYcon, a convention celebrating body positivity and plus size fashion during New York Fashion Week. CeCe's blog and YouTube channel are dedicated to discussing fashion, fitness, dating, and life from a plus-size and body positive perspective.

    Never Give Up
    TEDx Talks
    What interested him: He has seen people always give up on the smallest challenges given up in life and it has made him want to stop that by motivating people with the story of his sister. People should know they are capable to do a lot they don't do.

    The Mindset of a Champion
    TEDx Talks     
    Have you ever wanted to turn a struggle into a triumph, but not known where to start? Carson Byblow believes that the key to self-improvement lies in understanding and cultivating a growth rather than a fixed mindset. In this educational Talk, Carson explains why adding yet to the end of sentences changed his life. He shares how to tackle tasks that don't come easily, and he shows us that anyone can be a better learner and harness the mindset of a champion.

    The Secret to Student Success
    TEDx Talks
    Building on the concept of grit, Arel Moodie delivers an intensely personal TED Talk that reveals his own struggles as a student, from elementary school through college. The peaks and valleys that characterize any meaningful journey are on full display as Moodie grapples with the realities of growing up in a tough New York neighborhood. Many of the elements in his story will be familiar to students, but he ultimately ties in the lessons learned into a broader message that should be received by all.


    Always Positive - Daily Quotes
    Free iPhone/Android App
    Need a little reminder to keep your head up? Always Positive has a quote to keep you feeling your best and help you change negative habits around your self-talk and thinking. Some quotes come from the usual sources, such as historical figures, though there’s a wide variety of original quotes from users of the app that you can share with others. And it doesn’t just end there. This app also contains user-shared recipes, projects, and many other original submissions that keep the app community interesting and inspiring. (Best Motivation Apps of 2020)

    Creating SMART Goals
    Article / Worksheet (click here for the pdf)
    SMART is an acronym that stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-based. Each element of the SMART framework works together to create a goal that is carefully planned, clear and trackable. You may have set goals in your past that were difficult to achieve because they were too vague, aggressive or poorly framed. Working toward a poorly crafted goal can feel daunting and unachievable. Creating SMART goals can help solve these problems 

    I am - Positive Affirmations 
    Free iPhone/Android App
    Taking the extra step to choose to receive positive affirmations throughout your day can be a surprisingly moving experience. This app lets you set up your own daily positive affirmation reminders as notifications and has a big list of topical affirmations to choose from for any type of inspiration or mood you want to achieve. (Best Motivation Apps of 2020)

    Motivation - Daily Quotes
    Free iPhone/Android App
    Quotes can seem kind of cheesy sometimes, but the right quote at the right time can give you the boost you need to get whatever's on your mind done and off your to-do list. This app contains thousands of quotes for any time, place, or mood, including sadness, focus, friendship, studying, and much more. You can also categorize quotes in your own custom folders and save your favorites. (Best Motivation Apps of 2020)

    ThinkUp: Positive Affirmations
    Free iPhone/Android App
    Find the motivation and positive mindset you need to succeed with daily encouragement. This app is designed to inspire you with positive affirmations and self-talk – a proven technique to make your mind work for you. Choose the ones that resonate with your goals and learn how to reduce negative self-talk now. (Best Motivation Apps of 2020)

    Motivational Quotes

    Click here for a pdf of Motivational Quotes shown below.

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