If you need a pep talk, reach out and get it. Don’t wait for someone to come to you. If no one around you is in the position to act as your mentor, give yourself your own pep talk. Ultimately, you have to do the work—the responsibility lies with you.
– Howard Behar, “It’s not about the Coffee: Lessons on Putting People First from a Life at Starbucks”
With taking risks and stepping outside of comfort zones, comes not always having the answers and potentially a whole lot of second guessing oneself. Given the time of year, where society reminds us we should have a lot of improvements to make on ourselves and are not meeting our greatest potential, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Personally, I’ve been experiencing a bit of that perfect storm. Despite my last blog post, the fear of failure lingered in the shadows.
Coincidently, last week I was served up a sponsored Facebook ad and clicked through to an app called, “Peptalk.” “How did ‘they’ know?” I thought! This was exactly what I needed. A crazy December in the books – with a lot of self-induced stress over the holidays. On top of that, our geeks & creatives team has a lot of exciting, challenging client and personal projects lined up for 2018.
Back to the app that found me …
Again, I’m only 9 days into using the free version, but the daily reminders and audio are just the kick in the butt I need to reframe my thoughts. Here are a few samples:
The free app has some great features for daily push notifications/reminders and more audio for commutes and in between listening. Paid upgrades appear to offer expanded audio, offline access, ebooks and an elite group/community.
A bit more review-like feedback on the app:
Not sure it’ll be a long term daily use for me as the tone doesn’t quite fit my style. It’s good, but it has a very bold, “I am a champion,” and grind/hustle approach. I also have to say that frankly, I’m missing a woman’s voice in the Instant offerings, which are the daily produced compilations with multiple aspirational snippets and a super motivating & impactful music bed. That said, there are talks from women included – Sheryl Sandberg, Oprah Winfrey, to name a couple, and they sound fantastic. But it’s pretty clear it’s male dominated and I’m having to dig into the content in order to find them, rather than the app serving up voices of women as much as men. While writing this post, I did submit feedback on this concern and within the day heard back from app support with the message, “Definitely agreed! We’re working on it. Thanks a lot for your support!” Regardless of that beef, it’s still a great tool to checkout if you’re looking for a daily dose of inspiration.
THE TAKEAWAY: Ask for or give yourself a pep talk if you need it!
We’re only human. And our inner critic is a *@$%!. No complaining, no excuses. Step up to your potential and own your resolutions because no one else will. At wisnet, we like to say we help our clients go fearless into the net. Today, I’m telling you personally and professionally – go fearless into your today, tomorrow, your year … and if you need a pep talk, we’ll be here.