Music moves the soul. Music has the power to uplift and heal. Music can motivate and inspire. Music is super powerful. That is the bottom line of what I’m trying to say. While tastes vary, you can be certain that there is a song for everyone. I have yet to meet the person who doesn’t like music.
So, it is only fitting then that you absolutely must have a music playlist to keep you motivated and inspired on this road to reaching your goals. Sometimes it’s just a line in a song that grabs you, not even the whole song. It can give you that spark to get your creative juices flowing or the power surge to not give up when you feel like it.
I remember in my first year at university I was battling to adjust academically in my first semester. I failed one or two of my subjects, but at that time Aaliyah came out with a song called “If at first, you don’t succeed”. That song carried me through that year because it was the first time I had ever failed anything academically. At times I would feel so despondent, but the lyrics of that song just gave me so much hope and the strength and motivation to push through. “If at first, you don’t succeed, you dust yourself off and try again, you can dust it off and try again..” The rest of the lyrics were not relevant to my situation, but just that line was enough to get me through. That’s the beauty and power of music. Just a piece of it can inspire you.
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I would suggest that you compile your own list of power songs(as I like to call them) – that is music that moves you. Music that will help you to keep going and help you to express how you’re feeling. I’ve had a song or songs for many seasons in my life. Below is a list of some of my favourite music that I like to listen to when I feel I need a shot of motivation and inspiration.
- Michael Bolton – Go the distance
- Aaliyah – Try again
- Mariah Carey – Make it happen
- Mariah Carey & Whitney Houston – When you believe
- Yolanda Adams – I believe
- Christina Aguilera – Fighter
- Katy Perry – Rise
- Katy Perry – Roar
- Alicia Keys – Superwoman
- Alicia Keys – New York
- Gloria Estefan – Reach
- Celine Dion – The power of a dream
- Destiny’s Child – Survivor
- Destiny’s Child – Independent woman
- Luther Vandross – The impossible dream
- Mary Mary – Go get it
- Coolio – See you when you get there
- Whitney Houston – Tell me no
- Theme song from Fame – Remember my name
- Alicia Keys – Girl on fire
These are just a few of my “power songs”. The list is actually bigger and there are many more songs that I love that gives expression to different moods etc.
Youtube is great for compiling your own playlist, so is Soundcloud and Spotify. Better yet, buy them from iTunes.
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