National Motivation & Inspiration Day© was passed by The United States Congress on 12/18/2001 after the tragic events of 9-11-01. H. Res 308 is the resolution that was passed declaring January 2nd National Motivation & Inspiration Day©.

In having the day passed, Kevin L. McCrudden became the ONLY motivational and leadership speaker to ever have such a day passed by Congress, acknowledging the importance of “motivation” and “inspiration” in our daily lives. In addition, a resolution was passed by New York State and Suffolk County, NY also acknowledging January 2nd as Motivation & Inspiration Day, and January is officially “Motivation & Inspiration Month” in New York State. 

Most of us start a new year with some type of goals to achieve.  Then in a month or less we forget what we had good intentions of achieving and feel like a complete failure.  I know that after going through that kind of defeat over and over again you laugh at the thought of making “New Year’s Resolutions.”

What if your resolution was to get motivated or to get inspiration to do something you have been putting off for a long time???

I think that changing our tune or frame of mind to warm us up to doing something difficult gives us a better chance of achieving difficult goals.  I think about losing weight for example.  We gain weight one pound at a time.  It is when we look at those extra 20, 50, or 100 pounds that we notice them and get overwhelmed.  So, why do we expect those pounds to be gone overnight when we start a diet or exercise program?  They have to come off one or two pounds at a time.

So, here are some books and apps on motivation and inspiration to help you take a new approach and get you started this year:


TEDTalks : Tony Robbins, Why We Do What We Do  Call Number Streaming Video  Summary: Tony Robbins discusses the “invisible forces” that motivate everyone’s actions.


In the Driver’s Seat : Motivation.  Call Number Kanopy Streaming Video  Summary: This lesson explores multiple elements of psychological motivation including hunger for air, eating disorders, the desire for sex, and the need to belong.


Unstoppable [electronic resource] : The Pathway to Living an Inspired Life Call Number E-BOOK BF637.S8 G55 2004  Summary:  In Unstoppable, Adrian Gilpin shows us through his own amazing life-story, how ordinary people can achieve extraordinary things. Adrian’s story starts with his recovery from a financially catastrophic business collapse, and moves into his journey of awakening through the labyrinth of personal development teaching.


Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear Call Number BF408 .G464 2015  Summary: Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert’s books for years.  Gilbert encourages us to uncover the “strange jewels” that are hidden within each of us. Whether we are looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in our work, embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy.


My Goals app:  With this app, you can set goals in different areas of your life: professionally and personally, health and beauty, behavior, academic and etc. Why use My Goals:  1) Simple to use.  2) Easy instructions.  3) Organization by Category: Create categories for each area of ​​your life. You can choose from 9 different colors for each category. 4) Motivational: Read inspirational quotes in a mosaic formed by your goals. 5) Monitor Your Progress: With concluded subgoals and the proximity of the deadline, the app provides simple indicators in order for you to check the progress of your goal.

Fabulous app:  Just use Fabulous to coach yourself to reach your goals, lift yourself to get active, eat better, sleep better, lose weight, and stay motivated by installing 5 healthy living habits that will make you forget about fatigue and low-energy. This is not just a habit tracker or a quantified self app. Fabulous is a holistic approach, it’s your own happiness trainer.


So, what are you waiting for?  Grab some motivation and inspiration and get started with this brand new year!


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