Do you have a ritual or something you do that gets you ready for a hard task you need to complete, or to just make you feel better? Music can have such a positive influence in our lives if we find the right music to get us pumped up.
There are so many options out there for good music, and there are so many bad ones as well. I am more drawn to a beat than I am the words, but definitely the words (especially if they aren’t good words) do have an impact on us. I love to listen to a wide variety of music, and I tend to focus on certain types to achieve different results. When I am wanting to feel like I want to dance or just feel good, I listen to rap, hip hop, R&B, a little pop and disco. I like NWA (I know, not typical), I love Mary J Blige, P!nk can really get me pumped up, love a little Rihanna, Drake, Travis Scott, and so many others. If I want to feel inspired I listen to songs like “This is Me” from the Greatest Showman, “Unstoppable” by Sia, and a few others that help me to remember why I am here and how great I should feel about myself.
Music has been used to centuries for inspiration, and many other reasons, so there must be something to this theory. I have had times in my working career where I could become distracted by negativity, and I would use music through headphones to block out the “noise” and help me to focus on the things that were important. As I have been working with Brandon and going to his Live events, we use music to create a certain mood. We use it to help people get out of their comfort zones, and I have seen it work amazing wonders. In fact, the more I see it, the more I want to use it in my life.
He goes through a ritual every morning and listens to music to wake him up, to get him ready to take on the day and the make sure his mind is in the place it needs to be so that he can be there for the people that NEED him. I love that music can do that, I love that just by listening to the beat, the words and by letting that music take you places, you can honestly change your state and put yourself in a better mood, create the energy you need to accomplish anything if you really want to put your mind to it.
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Even when I am at home and I have to clean the house, the task doesn’t seem so bad when I have music on and it can take me away from what I am doing. Driving long distances in the car becomes a lot more tolerable when you can listen to some great music.
As I started to think about Brandon’s LIVE events, his morning ritual and the feelings that I have when I listen to some music that speaks to me, I started to think more and more about it. What I realized is that music and it’s artists really do have a power, and it’s there for us to use if we choose to! We can harness the power of music and use it to our advantage. You may already be doing it without even being aware, but my guess is that if you set yourself up with a great routine or ritual of listening to inspirational and motivational music before you do something that is important to you, the results will actually end up being better.
I have a few playlists loaded in my iPhone, different ones for different reasons, so that when I am working out, driving to work or a meeting, or even just having a hard emotional time, I can call on that playlist to help me change my state.
As I sit writing this post I have some background music, not something that distracts me from what I am writing, but rather music that makes me FEEL so that I can be real and write something that hopefully resonates with you. You’ll have to let me know…;)
Now Monday is here, and let’s be honest Monday’s don’t have the best reputation, why not start incorporating more “good” music into your life. Should you choose to accept this challenge – I would love to hear how it worked for you.
Have a great week!