The new year brings a chance to start fresh. Sadly, 25% of you won’t even stick to your resolutions after the 1st week. So I decided to help.

Here are my all-time favorite most motivational / inspirational / truly awesome videos I have ever seen. For those days when you need a little extra boost, here you go:

8. Michael Jordan Response to Lebron’s Commercial

Reason #87 why MJ > > > Lebron. This is fact. You want to know what you should do Lebron.. step your game up. “Maybe you’re just making excuses.”

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7. Grinding the Crack

This is just nuts, and an awesome song to go with it. As a person who has recently experienced the incredible rush of skydiving, I can’t even begin to imagine what this is like. (And yes, a part of me definitely wants to try this)

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6. Mel Gibson - Braveheart

True, Braveheart is my favorite movie, but regardless this is just oozing awesomeness on so many levels. “Dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willing to trade all the days from this day to that for one chance….”

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5. Warhawk Matt Scott in Nike “No Excuses” Commercial

Nike kills it again. Absolutely awesome. No surprise though from the company with probably the most motivational slogan ever — Just Do It. How many of these excuses do you use?

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4. The Girl Who Silenced the World for 5 Minutes

Such an incredibly powerful message + delivered by a 13 year old girl = hope for the future. “If you don’t know how to fix it, please stop breaking it”

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3. I Love Living Life

This is an incredible story. Whenever you start to think your having a bad day, just watch this. Really puts things in perspective.

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2. Al Pachino - Any Given Sunday

I don’t think there has ever been a better halftime speech in the history of the world. If this doesn’t get you motivated to dominate life and fight for every inch, I’m not sure what will.

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1. How Bad Do You Want It

Definitely the best inspirational and motivational video I have ever seen. I normally start every morning by watching this before I even get out of bed. Seriously.

I do not claim to be an all-knowing source of motivational videos, but I do have to give a little shout-out to Shelby.tv for helping me discover about half of these. Please add your favorites in the comments for all the great ones I missed.

What a great year it has been and looking forward to an even better one in 2012. Happy New Years world.