They have grabby titles, eye catching thumbnails and bold claims on how they can change your mindset: the motivational video movement seems to grow year upon year on video platforms.
Although my introduction sounded a little sarcastic, I genuinely love watching and listening to this type of content. I am listing here three reasons why I love these videos and will link to some of my favourite in this post.
1) Motivational videos are often well edited and pleasing to the eye.
Okay, so this first reason may not be ‘the best’. But hear me out.
You are taking time out of your day to listen to or watch content on the internet. How much more enjoyable is the experience when the background music is epic, there is a cinematic feel of the editing of film extracts and the true grit demonstrated by some of the people in the video makes you feel you could do the exact same thing?
2) Motivational videos give some good advice
There is many a time when I have sat down to watch one of these videos and thought to myself: “Yes, that is indeed good advice”. Who would disagree with the suggestions of watching less television, eating healthier and becoming more proactive in life?
Most of the advice is sound and can be laid out in a different way so as to make it click. Who knew that a change of perspective could give such Aha! moments. I admit that agreeing with the advice doesn’t mean that I always find myself applying it afterward, a fact which I will explore in another post. In the meantime, I am grateful every day that I have such free access to the internet and the billions of tuns of information that comes with it.
3) Motivational videos are … motivational
I love that feeling after watching a motivational video. Finding that gem, then listening intently to all its content and feeling a sense of accomplishment and change. It feels like research, like an essential component to get or keep going. I am bettering myself. I am learning.
Despite the caveats to this that I will explore in another post, I thoroughly enjoy the rush of purposefulness that follows watching this kind of content.
One of the lectures that I have enjoyed watching in the past is the following:
To conclude: I have heavily focused here on positive aspects of this kind of content that I enjoy, but I am sure that you can tell that there is a darker side to all of this… To be continued… 😉