When the magic happens…

Magic happens when you don’t give up, even though you’re unmotivated. Magic happens when you remain unbreakably positive, while everyone else is complaining. Magic happens when you have clear goals for the day, and you’ll do anything and everything to achieve them. It’s time for a magical Monday 🌟 Make it happen, – Joel Sunset Read more about When the magic happens…[…]

You can still have fun, even when it’s broken

I got a HUGE bounce house off of Craigslist last week. I was soooo excited to blow it up and host the neighborhood kids. They all waited patiently and watched me as I set it up in the front yard… But sadly, when I plugged the blower in, the bounce house didn’t fully inflate. Turns Read more about You can still have fun, even when it’s broken[…]

It’s clobbering time 👊

clob·ber verb, informal 1. to hit (something) hard. “Mary vows to clobber her to-do list today” 2. to treat or deal with harshly. “Steve made swift and ruthless decisions, absolutely clobbering his projects at work” 3. to defeat heavily. “Working together, they clobbered the competition” 👊👊👊 Happy Monday, y’all. It’s clobbering time. – Joel Our Read more about It’s clobbering time 👊[…]

The moment I wake up. (Before I put on my makeup)

Attitude is everything. It’s more important than how you look, what you wear, or the size of your to-do list today. You can conquer anything with the right attitude. Sooooo…. This morning as you’re standing in front of the mirror prettying yourself up for the day, spend a few mins beautifying your headspace and straightening Read more about The moment I wake up. (Before I put on my makeup)[…]

A wish for your week ahead

May your week be both focused and impactful, a combination of smashing your to-do list while having the most fun you can along the way. May you remember your boundaries, protecting your flame so you’re in the best position to help others. May you stay positive and optimistic, celebrating when new opportunities fall in your Read more about A wish for your week ahead[…]

Friday affirmations ☝️

I am capable (actually MORE than capable) of finishing all my tasks on time today. ✅ My work stuff today directly contributes to the awesome life I’m building for me and my family. 👨‍👩‍👦 I will attract positive people and situations today (and leave a positive wake for others) 🙌 My superpower is ___________ and Read more about Friday affirmations ☝️[…]

An apple a day 🍎

Did you know… eating more fruits and vegetables will actually make you happier? 🍌🥦🥕 It’s true! (well, maybe)… A recent study conducted with over 12,000 Australian adults found that consuming more fruits and vegetables boosted their happiness, life satisfaction, and overall well-being. Woohoo! But… since the study was conducted in Australia, and Australians are mostly Read more about An apple a day 🍎[…]

Today’s happiness forecast… 👨🏼‍🏫

Well hello there everybody this is 5am Joel with your monday morning happiness forecast… 👨🏼‍🏫 Today will be mostly awesome with a chance of brilliant. We’ve got a 90% chance of yummy coffee to begin the day, followed by a wave of productivity, energy and optimism. Good vibes will roll in around mid-morning, spurring tranquility Read more about Today’s happiness forecast… 👨🏼‍🏫[…]

Your personal cheerleader 🤸‍♀️

I was thinking the other day… Wouldn’t it be cool to have a personal assistant or someone who’s entire job was to follow you around all day, motivating and encouraging you, telling you compliments, pushing you and reminding you how awesome you are at stuff? Imagine how great you’d feel and all the stuff you’d Read more about Your personal cheerleader 🤸‍♀️[…]

Zigging and zagging ↘️ ↗️

“Failure is a bend in the road, not the end of the road” – Roy T. Bennett Reminder for this week ahead: Life rarely goes in a straight line. Projects at work, relationships, finding balance at home, etc… They’re more like twisty, windy adventures. You gotta zig ↗️  and zag ↘️  accordingly. Happy Monday, happy Read more about Zigging and zagging ↘️ ↗️[…]


365 participation awards 🏅

per·sist·ence noun firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition. “You can depend on Janice to always get the job completed because she has patience and persistence” ***** In yesterday’s email I wrote “persistence is your advantage”. It’s one of my favorite reminders that an average skilled person Read more about 365 participation awards 🏅[…]

A great way to start Monday

What are 3 awesome things that happened this past weekend? 1. ___________ 2. ___________ 3. ___________ And what are 3 awesome things that are happening this week? 1. ___________ 2. ___________ 3. ___________ Lastly, what are 3 reasons WHY these awesome things are happening in your life? 1. ___________ 2. ___________ 3. ___________ Counting your Read more about A great way to start Monday[…]

Peptalk Hotline Number

Motivational Hotline —> Call (707) 873-7862

Feeling lethargic? Need a pep talk? Call this motivational hotline… Some students over at West Side Elementary School in Healdsburg, California started a project called PepToc. It’s a bunch of pre-recorded motivational messages to help encourage you, pull you out of a slump, or give little bits of life advice. Try it!! Just call (707) Read more about Motivational Hotline —> Call (707) 873-7862[…]

Your Monday affirmations… 💪

Happy Monday, peeps! What an awesome day to be alive 🙂 Fill in the blanks for your personal Monday affirmations… 👇👇👇 Today I’m feeling ____(positive feeling)___! My superpower is ___(skill)___, and I’m going to use it today to kick ass doing ____(hard task you’re trying to avoid)___. I won’t stress over ___(thing you can’t control)___ Read more about Your Monday affirmations… 💪[…]

Wow them twice. ✌🏼

Most people think it’s best to underpromise ⬇️ and overdeliver ⬆️ And while yes I agree thats a good practice ​(it’s definitely better than promising too much and not delivering), I recommended you try this out once in a while… Overpromise ⬆️ AND overdeliver ⬆️ This way you “Wow them twice!” (and you might even Read more about Wow them twice. ✌🏼[…]

Your Mind is a Suggestion Engine 🧐

“Consider every thought you have as a suggestion, not an order.” — James Clear Right now my mind is suggesting that I feel tired. It’s suggesting that I’m up too early. It’s suggesting that I should go back to bed and maybe this 5am thing isn’t fun anymore. Maybe I should give up… But when Read more about Your Mind is a Suggestion Engine 🧐[…]

Surround yourself with positive people

I have a challenge for you this coming month… Think of someone really positive, upbeat, and happy that you don’t regularly speak with. (Or, find someone new in your extended network that you think is cool and motivating). Reach out to them. A short text, DM, or email saying hello and something uplifting. (Eg. Hey Read more about Surround yourself with positive people[…]

Parable of the Ducks — YOU have wings!!

There is a town where only ducks live. Every Sunday the ducks waddle out of their houses and waddle down Main Street to their church. They waddle into the sanctuary and squat in their proper pews. The duck choir waddles in and takes its place, then the duck minister waddles forward and opens the duck Read more about Parable of the Ducks — YOU have wings!![…]

How do you cheer yourself up?

A few weeks back I asked you guys “How do you cheer yourself up, snap out of a bad mood, and switch from negative to positive thinking?”… 7 brave soles responded, and here are the replies below! (and right at the very bottom, I’m adding a link to my personal massive list I’ve been building Read more about How do you cheer yourself up?[…]

Ways to cheer yourself up

101 Ways to Cheer Yourself Up and Be Happy!

Here’s a list of 101 ways to cheer yourself up! Some of them are a little weird, but bear with me — there are some really fun ones in here… Try them out and let me know what you think! And remember, we all have tough days and go through weird moods. It’s natural. But Read more about 101 Ways to Cheer Yourself Up and Be Happy![…]

The Two Doormen – A Story About Perspective

One day, a reporter was interviewing two different doormen working at the fanciest hotels in New York City. The reporter arrived at the first hotel and asked the doorman, “So, tell me about your job. What do you do for the hotel?” The first doorman replied, “I am virtually a slave… The lowest man on the Read more about The Two Doormen – A Story About Perspective[…]

Just do it speech transcript

Just Do It – Speech by Art Williams – Full Transcript

Art Williams is my hero. He said “Just Do It” before Nike had their slogan, before Michael Jordan said it on TV, and definitely before Shia LaBeouf made his little motivational video. It was at a National Religious Broadcasters organization conference in 1987 where Art Williams was a guest speaker. He was asked to talk Read more about Just Do It – Speech by Art Williams – Full Transcript[…]

A weird way to motivate yourself…

Here’s a cool (and weird!) motivation trick I learned yesterday… Download the “FaceApp” (free version) app on your phone Upload a photo of yourself Use the “age” filter to make yourself look 30 years older… Print the photo, and hang it above your work desk. Here’s what old Joel looks like…   Now, use that Read more about A weird way to motivate yourself…[…]

Monday happiness – you gotta choose it.

Dear everyone, It’s been brought to my attention that despite my daily morning emails, some of you are still having a hard time staying motivated and happy each day. Therefore, I have decided to increase my efforts… Starting tomorrow, instead of just 1 email each day, I will be sending 15 emails per day. You’ll Read more about Monday happiness – you gotta choose it.[…]

How to supercharge your weekend…

Do you know how often lightning strikes the earth?… About 100 times, every second! ⚡️ ⚡️ ⚡️ 🌎 Hard to believe, right? Well it’s true. Right now, as you read this, at different places all around the globe, massive amounts of energy are striking the earth. 6000 lightning bolts per minute! Amazing. But even more amazing is this… The Read more about How to supercharge your weekend…[…]


te·nac·i·ty noun 1. the quality of being very determined; determination. “Dang! I want Jane on all my team projects moving forward! She’s got awesome tenacity and it’s inspiring to be around!” 2. the quality of continuing to exist; persistence. “It’s like nothing ever gets Steven down! He just keeps trying and trying and trying. Soembody Read more about Tenacity…[…]

Happy Monday! Back to “reality”.

I always found it tough returning to work after a long weekend. Most people do. But something changed a few years back… I started watching unhappy people, and noting the things they do. Then, I tried to do the complete opposite. Instead of complaining about Mondays, I embraced them. Instead of talking about the things Read more about Happy Monday! Back to “reality”.[…]

Pain is temporary

Pain is temporary – you’ll get through it

  “Pain is temporary. It may last minutes, an hour, a day, or even a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place.”   I got this quote from a Lance Armstrong book. (Yes, I know he’s a cheater and lied to the world about taking performance drugs… He’s probably Read more about Pain is temporary – you’ll get through it[…]

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101 Random Things I’m Grateful For!

  Over the past few months I’ve been pulling out my phone and jotting down the little things that I’m grateful for in life. Random events throughout the day, surprising moments in nature, or when I’m reminded of how blessed I am! Below is my list of things I’m grateful for. There’s a 101 listed Read more about 101 Random Things I’m Grateful For![…]

Easy choices hard life

What weakens you, strengthens you.

What weakens you, strengthens you. Imagine if life was always easy… From the moment you were born you got everything handed to you, you never got picked on as a kid, never given chores or hard work, everything was paid for, never had stressful choices to make, etc. If things were always easy, you’d wake Read more about What weakens you, strengthens you.[…]

Disasters: Human Behaviour

How Do People Behave During a Disaster?   Chatting with a friend last week, he told me he was stocking up on guns, ammo, and weapons… He said he’s planning for “when people start to turn on each other”. Maybe he’s seen too many doomsday movies. During a crisis, do humans really turn to theft, Read more about Disasters: Human Behaviour[…]

Motivation Monday

10 x Favorite Monday Messages

Mondays were the worst. Until I made a change… I started writing myself positive messages every morning, forcing myself to have a positive attitude, encouraging myself to change, and motivating myself. Slowly but surely, things improved! Mondays are great for me now. It’s been nearly 3 years of morning emails, and 152 of them have been Mondays. Here’s a list Read more about 10 x Favorite Monday Messages[…]

Reasons to Always Work Harder

  Always do more than what you’re paid to do. Always go the extra mile. Here’s why: – You will get more opportunities (more specifically, you’ll be noticed by the people who hand out opportunities) – You will accumulate more skills – You will gain more negotiating power for flexible work terms – You will Read more about Reasons to Always Work Harder[…]

wishing and hoping

Replace Wishing with Working

You get what your work for, not what you wish for.   Back in my early 20’s, I used to hate Mondays. I sat in my cubicle at work just wishing my life would be better. Week after week, nothing improved. As I grew older I changed my attitude towards “work”. I realized my chances of achieving the things I wanted Read more about Replace Wishing with Working[…]

i hate leaf blowers

I hate leaf blowers. — Don’t become one in life.

I hate leaf blowers. Every Monday my gardeners come and fire up 2 loud leaf blowers. They circle around my house blowing all the leaves, dust, sticks and rocks away from my yard and straight into my neighbors yards. A couple days later, my neighbor’s gardeners come. They fire up their leaf blowers and blow Read more about I hate leaf blowers. — Don’t become one in life.[…]

Wake up and CHARGE the day!

  I’ve learned many life lessons from my dog. He is so wise. The latest thing he’s been teaching me is how to: Wake up happy and charge head first into every single day. It doesn’t matter what day it is, doesn’t matter what the weather is like, doesn’t matter what the stock market is Read more about Wake up and CHARGE the day![…]

together we figure it out!

Everything is figureoutable

  Do you have a really hard problem to solve? Something you’ve never done before? Pull in a team member or friend to help! Still cant solve it? Bring in another person for advice. Then more people, if needed. The more people you bring together, the bigger your invisible collective brain grows. And with enough Read more about Everything is figureoutable[…]

too much thinking

Less “think” and more “do”

  “What if you spend much of your time thinking about a lot of issues that concern you? You will spend less time taking action to solve these problems.”   This is a snip from a book I’m reading. Surprise, surprise, it’s a self-help book that analyzes successful people and breaks down their basic habits Read more about Less “think” and more “do”[…]

motivation for me?

Need Motivation?… BE the Motivation!

  Need motivation? BE the motivation!   When I was younger, I got turned down for a job promotion at work. When I asked the hiring manager for reasons why I didn’t get the job, he said that something during my interview worried him. Apparently, when he asked me about teamwork, I told him: “My teammates Read more about Need Motivation?… BE the Motivation![…]