The Music That Moves You
What Makes You Move?
What songs find you blasting the volume when you hear them and make you feel totally alive, happy, and powerful? I ask every new client that question at the beginning of our work together. Knowing what music moves you is having a powerful motivating tool at your disposal.
Match or Shift Your Mood
Music can be a natural expression of your current mood, whether you’re feeling up or down. For instance, when you are sad, low-key music that matches your mood and acknowledges how you feel can be soothing.
Music is also a very effective tool for when you want to shift your mood. Certain songs are a short cut to a better frame of mind. This is what Tony Robbins and NLP¹ experts call “anchoring”: having a certain reference point such as a symbolic visual, physical gesture, or in this case, a song, that automatically puts you into a powerful emotional state.
During a particular phase of my career when the company I was working for was in upheaval, I was dragging myself to work every day. I didn’t like starting the day feeling disempowered and frustrated, so I decided to use every bit of my short 11-minute commute to “massage my brain”. Rather than listen to the sarcastic banter of morning DJs, I became the DJ. With an assortment of CDs stocked in my car, I played songs that made me feel alive, energetic, and capable. Sometimes one song had such an effect that I would play it over and over during my drive. I then walked in the door feeling significantly better equipped to manage whatever was on the docket that day.
Eventually I started sharing my musical motivational methods with others. One morning on the way to what I anticipated would be a tough meeting with a customer, I picked up a co-worker with the U2 version of Mission Impossible blaring in the car. Even though she was not exactly what you’d call a morning person, she indulged me! Somehow we harnessed the explosive energy of the music into a major attitude adjustment and brought that power with us into the meeting.
Tip of Your Fingers
The next time you want to psyche yourself up, feel confident, empowered, or __________, select a song that puts you there. One of the most effective ways to motivate yourself is at the tip of your fingers. Use it!
This Week: Give yourself a theme song to sing, a new perspective, and positive energy to bring with you. Stock your car with your favorite CDs. Create a motivational play list on your iPod.
Experiment with using music:
Let the music play!
“Music washes away from the soul
the dust of everyday life.”
I am thinking about creating a music resource page for www.inthecurrent.com. Feel free to write back and share your favorite mood booster songs. See the eclectic sampler I’ve included below and listen right now if you wish!
Here's to you,