If you’ve been following me for any length of time now, you’ve probably guessed that I really like to write! But I am aware of the fact that some of you out there prefer to watch your inspiration and lessons versus read them. So I have a special treat for you. I’ve been compiling a Top 10 list of some of the most motivational videos out there for athletes. Some are joyful, some are heartbreaking, and they are ALL inspirational. Even if you’ve seen them before, they’re all worth watching again.
There’s something for everyone in this two-part blog post. I had fun searching around, getting suggestions, and trying to find a wide range of inspirational videos for you. Get ready to be inspired!
1. Heather Dorniden’s Race of a Lifetime
I love this video. If you follow me on Facebook, you’ve probably seen a version of this video posted before. I chose this version because of the audience commentary and for the incredible celebration you see at the end. If you need a lesson in the idea that, ” the race isn’t over until it’s over”, this comeback story is just the inspiration you need. This video really captures the elation and celebration of the event. Everyone in the stadium felt that come back and you will feel it too.
2. Kid’s Triumph in Learning How to Ride a Bike
This is still one of my favorite inspirational videos. It’s amazing how good you can feel in witnessing how good and proud he feels. You can tell that that he wants the rest of the world to feel it too! If you need a lesson in believing in yourself and feeling pride in your accomplishments – this young cyclist has some words of wisdom for you. “Just keep practicing. You will get the hang of it, I know it!”
3. MMA Fighter with Down Syndrome Defines What it Means to Be an Athlete
This incredible video shares the story of Garrett Holeve and the path to his first MMA fight. There are many moving and stimulating moments in his story. The biggest lessons for me were around not holding yourself back with your own self-defined limits, that sometimes you have to keep believing even when others around you have doubts, and that only you get to define what meaning your passions hold for you in your life.
4. Life = Risk
This is a short and powerful video. In just 1 minute it teaches you the following three valuable lessons:
- Don’t let setbacks define you or keep you from continuing on your goal path.
- Even the most successful people faced challenges along the way.
- If you aren’t pushing yourself to the point where you risk failure, you’ll never know what you’re truly capable of.
5. Hiker Finds His Stash: Never a Language Barrier with True Happiness
I will never get tired of watching this video. It shows a Norwegian explorer during his South Pole Expedition as he comes back to find a stash of food that he buried during an earlier portion of his trip. Enough time has passed that he didn’t remember exactly what he had buried and he also happened upon his stash when he was feeling quite hungry. You can’t help but feel good during his display of pure unadulterated joy at what he finds. And his hair is pretty awesome too.
Watch Part 2 here!
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