Man on the lakeCheck out my list of most recommended videos for when you need a little energy, inspiration and guidance.

Ever have one of those days when you feel uninspired, or maybe even a little bit lost? Or perhaps you just need a little direction to get yourself out of a nasty rut?

You’re not alone. Everybody feels like that at one point or another, especially when full schedules and demanding workloads leave little room to relax, let alone recharge your own personal batteries.

That’s why I’ve put together some of my favorite go-to resources for a quick pick-me-up. Keep them handy for when you need them … and then just sit down and enjoy.

Power of Vulnerability. This presentation by Brené Brown will change the way you view vulnerability, and your desires to “belong.” She shares how her own personal journey, combined with her experience as a researcher, led to a greater understanding of herself and others. TED Talk

Listening to Shame. Another one of my favorite Brené Brown videos, she explores shame as an unspoken epidemic that can be the secret to broken behavior for many of us. A great follow-up to the above talk about vulnerability, Brown explores how confronting your own shame can lead to great personal strength and growth. TED Talk

The Happy Secret to Better Work. Psychologist Shawn Achor is a researcher and teacher of positive psychology. Here, he challenges the belief that we should work in order to be happy. Instead, he presents the idea that perhaps it’s the other way around – that happiness actually inspires productivity. TED Talk

Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy has researched the way body language can influence our own body chemistry – and other people’s perceptions. In this presentation, she shows how “power posing,” which is when you stand in a posture of confidence (even when you might not feel so confident), can affect the chemicals in your brain, and thus your chances for success. TED Talk

Why We Do What We Do. As an expert in leadership psychology, life coach Tony Robbins discusses the “invisible forces” that motivate our actions. He also happens to high-five Al Gore, who is sitting in the front row. That’s a bonus in this powerful presentation. TED Talk

How Great Leaders Inspire Action. Simon Sinek is a leadership expert who explores how leaders can inspire cooperation, trust and change. In this intriguing presentation, he challenges the audience to find out the “why,” as part of a powerful model for inspirational leadership. TED Talk

My Stroke of Insight. Jill Bolte Taylor is a brain researcher who was able to study her very own stroke as it happened. She has since become a powerful voice for brain recovery, and shares her incredible story when she watched her own brain functions – motion, speech and self-awareness – shut down, one by one. TED Talk

The Puzzle of Motivation. A former speechwriter for Al Gore, career analyst Dan Pink discusses what social scientists have known: traditional rewards don’t always work. With fascinating stories, Pink explores the puzzle of motivation, and how to move forward. TED Talk

You Gotta Jump to Be Successful. Funny man Steve Harvey shares what he sees as the key to being successful and making your dreams come true. Charming, sincere and always irresistible, he explains in this video why sometimes, all you have to do is … jump. YouTube

What do you think?

Now that I’ve shared some of my favorite motivational videos with you, I’d love to hear what you think. Do you have any images, websites or videos that are your go-to resources when you need some motivation? Please leave your suggestions and comments below.

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