The Pep Talk You Need

We all need a pep talk sometimes. Like those times when you are having trouble forcing yourself to make a decision, get started, get unstuck, etc.

Here are some of the best pep talks I can think of:

Kid President

If you haven’t seen this yet, I don’t know what you’re waiting for.

Creative Pep Talk

Social entrepreneurs and innovators are creative. We are literally creating things, which makes us creative by definition. The problem with creativity is that it is not a permanent state. Sometimes you need a pep talk to give yourself the inspiration you need to get going.

For that, I prescribe this most excellent podcast by Andy J. Miller, called the Creative Pep Talk. Here’s a sample podcast:

I look forward to this podcast every week. It’s that good. Miller, who is an illustrator, made the podcast about how to make a living while making art, but the podcast is broadly applicable to all creative fields.

Little pep talks sent to your inbox

I’m sure there are a ton of inspirational nuggets you could get sent to your inbox, but this one is my favorite. It’s by my friend Steph Halligan, who illustrates these beautiful and super relevant cartoons called Art to Self:

Take a look at more of her cartoons here and don’t forget to sign up to get them sent directly to you!

Learning from people who have done what you want to do (or something similar)

Books, Youtube, interviews… these are all a godsend to people like us. You don’t have to know or even have personal contact with people who have successfully done what you want to do to be mentored by them. Some of my personal favorites: Oprah’s Super Soul Sessions, Jen Sincero’s You Are a Badass, and Marie Forleo’s MarieTV.

Talking to people you trust 

Best of all, friends and family members who are compassionate and supportive are worth their weight in gold. Stay connected with these people and have regularly scheduled check-ins and/or meet-ups to keep those relationships strong. Create traditions (here’s a TedxTalk by Baya Voce that details how to go about developing traditions) for some extra fun.

The count down

Some of us need more than a loving pat on the back for motivation. We need some tough love to quit procrastinating and get started. Mel Robbins gave this inspirational TedxTalk with some of that kick-in-the-pants attitude:

Robbins is also the author of The 5 Second Rule, which basically tells you to count down from 5 to get started on anything. It actually works.

Each day is a new day for getting started. You can do it. Each step counts.

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” Zig Ziglar

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