Everyone faces setbacks in one form or another.
When that happens, we all need some uplifting inspiration anywhere we can get it, to help us get back on track.
Plus, staying motivated sometimes feels really difficult, so witnessing others who have bravely faced something hard and can tell the whole world about it, is truly something to watch.
So when that time comes around and you are looking for a new way to look at what you are going through, I picked these 8 positive female-led Ted Talks, to give you that extra boost you need.
These ladies are not only inspiring but the way they convey their messages is a real power booster in and of itself.
They’ll not only help guide you to obtain your own personal goals but they’ll also make you think — alongside making you laugh — that’ll surely get you motivated and thinking outside the box!
Here are 8 Ted Talks that are guaranteed to inspire you with your own circumstances, so you can change them for the better!
Ted Talk #1. Stroke of insight.
Best-selling author Jill Bolte Taylor for My Stroke Of Insight shares her incredible story recalling the moments of her stroke.
Jill Taylor was a 37-year-old Harvard-trained brain scientist when a blood vessel exploded in her brain.
She was able to watch her mind deteriorate as she could not walk, talk, read, write, or recall any of her life during the moments of her stroke.
Her revelation is compelling and her story is remarkable.
Ted Talk #2. Your body language shapes who you are.
Social psychologist, Amy Cuddy shares an easy way that anyone can change not only others’ perceptions of them, but the way they feel about themselves.
Her trick? Spending two minutes “power posing” with your arms or elbows out, and having your chin lifted will make your posture more expansive.
She states that by doing this, you will have the power to bring your full, spirited self to any situation.
Ted Talk #3. Your elusive creative genius.
The Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses – the writer talks about the huge responsibility that is placed upon creative minds, to live up to the expectations of others in her own life and shares the radical idea that instead of the rare person “being” a genius, all of us “have” a genius within us.
It’s funny, personal, and surprisingly moving.
Ted Talk #4. Why some of us don’t have one true calling.
Basically, this next Ted talk is perfect for anyone who feels in limbo… If you’re not sure what you want to do for the rest of your life, you’re not alone.
In this illuminating talk, writer and artist Emilie Wapnick dictates the kind of people she calls “multi-potentialities” — in which she states that you may have a range of interests and jobs over one lifetime.
Is she maybe speaking about you?
Ted Talk #5. Looking past limits.
This TED talk challenges perceptions.
Activist Caroline Casey asks us all to move beyond the limits we may think we have.
She tells the story of her extraordinary life, starting with a revelation (no spoilers) and she explains that no matter what limits you think you may have, you most certainly can overcome them.
This talk is definitely one of my favorites on this list.
Ted Talk #6. The art of asking.
This talk is a must-watch!
Filled with a little humor, Amanda Plamer is worth watching.
She states that you really can make an art form by asking others to help you, no matter what you do or who you are.
She explains that most of us are conditioned to stay silent, but true beauty lays when you face fear and walk past it.
That the very act of asking people will allow you to connect with them.
Ted Talk #7. What it takes to be a great leader.
In this talk, Roselinde touches on how leadership has evolved through to the 21 century, how the leadership gap is widening and how you can harness her research to become a better leader in your own life.
She identifies that by sticking to your values, you’ll be able to harness the characteristics of a great leader and be able to better maintain your leadership role.
She states that great leaders do not have their heads down, that they actually see around corners.
Ted Talk #8. How to make stress your friend.
Empowering women as a health psychologist, and leading you through how to deal with stress and ultimately make stress your friend, Kelly McGonigal focuses her talk on giving importance to the way that you believe stress is making you suffer vs the truth of what stress really is.
She addresses that in order to have a balanced and less stressful life, you have to first change your mind about stress, so you can change your body’s response to it. Very fascinating!
Whether you want to improve your life or uplift your current mood, these ladies are a great watch and will leave you feeling like anything can be accomplished!
I hope these ladies were able to capture the motivation you needed today and please share this if you know someone who needs this!
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