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Whether you’re looking to improve your life, develop new habits, or just make it through the day, you’re going to need motivation. But motivation can be hard to come by.
These five motivational apps for iPhone solve that problem. In just a few minutes, these apps will help you gather motivation and prepare yourself for a successful day.
Regularly watching motivational videos can give you a big boost. Some even insist that it can change your life. But searching YouTube every day for new videos takes time. If you want to get your motivational videos faster, Motivate will help.
On the free plan, you get five videos every day. Just open the app, hit play, and watch. You can also listen—Motivate will stay open when you put your phone to sleep, so you can get motivated on the go.
The Pro plan ($12/month or $96/year) gives you access to the entire library of videos. Browse by category, see editors’ picks, and check out curated playlists. If you’re looking for even more motivational videos, don’t forget to check out our list of the best YouTube channels for self-improvement and motivation.
Download: Motivate (Free, subscription available)
Self-talk is a powerful force that can change our thought and behavior patterns. That’s true whether your self-talk is positive or negative. ThinkUp keeps your thoughts positive.
These encouraging affirmations help you develop a positive mindset. You’ll record yourself saying the affirmations suggested by the app or ones that you write yourself. Listen to them for five minutes at least once a day, and you’ll be on your way to increased positivity.
With the free plan, you can record up to four affirmations and use a single piece of background music. The Pro plan ($5/month or $24/year) gives you storage for unlimited recorded affirmations and lets you use multiple pieces of background music.
Hearing your own recorded voice might make you wary about this app. But ThinkUp points out that your brain both trusts and understands your own voice. So it might seem weird at first, but you’ll get used to it—and it will pay off.
Fabulous describes itself as a life coach and habit tracker. It focuses on building the right habits to improve your life. Just choose a goal (like being more energized throughout the day, losing weight, or sleeping better), and the app will tell you which habits you should adopt to meet those goals.
Habits are introduced one a time, so you can focus on making small changes with micro habits. The first challenge in the Feel More Energized goal, for example, is to drink a glass of water upon waking up. If you complete that challenge three times, you’ll get another habit to work on.
You can also add other habits to progress faster. And you can add custom habits that fit your personal goals. Keep track of your progress, keep moving forward, and you’ll establish great habits that help you lead a better life.
With the free version of the app, there’s only a single goal: Feel More Energized. With a subscription ($10/month or $96/year), you get access to more goals.
And if you feel yourself failing at big goals overall, check out these 100 days projects for some motivation.
This app gives you access to speeches, pep talks, and other motivational audio files. You can sort by channel, category, or speaker to get exactly the pep talk you need.
Popular speakers on the app include CT Fletcher, William Hollis, the Mulligan Brothers, Mel Robbins, and Tim Ferriss. There’s also a great feature for filling your commute with motivation. Tell the app how long your commute is, and it’ll create a mix of popular and favorite pep talks for you to listen to.
With a premium subscription ($10/month or $50/year) you get an ad-free experience, offline downloads, new daily pep talks, and a dedicated Facebook group.
Download: Peptalk (Free, subscription available)
5. Motivation Quotes
Quotes are some of the most commonly used motivational tools. It’s hard to beat the simplicity of a single sentence that sums up what you’re feeling or what you need to do.
This motivational app has hundreds of quotes to boost your drive. You can save or share the quote of the day and get motivational reminders on a set schedule. With a premium subscription ($5/month or $36/year), you won’t see ads, can browse by category, and get more color and font options.
Download: Motivation Quotes (Free, subscription available)
If you’re interested in motivational quotes for fitness, check out FitQuote.
Get Inspired With Motivational iPhone Apps
Everyone is motivated in different ways. Whether you’re looking for inspirational quotes, motivational videos, positive affirmations, or help with building habits, these apps will help keep you on the right track.
And if you’re looking for more apps that will help you lead a better life, check out these iPhone mental health self-care apps. They’ll help you meditate, reflect, and affirm your way to a more positive lifestyle. You can even use apps like these when you’re on a call and need a little extra motivation. (If you’re having trouble downloading apps on your iPhone, we have a few fixes for you.)
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