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25 Lyrics That Will Change The Way You Look At Life

25 Lyrics That Will Change The Way You Look At Life

Music, and more specifically lyrics, have a way of touching our hearts. Lyrics can affect our moods, unite nations, allow us to forgive one another, and change the way we view life.

Yesterday, I found myself listening to a song that I had never heard before. With the drop of the first few lines, I rushed over to the music player and started the song over again. This time, I would be sure to listen to its words much more closely.

It’s funny how that happens, isn’t it? The musical double take.

It made me wonder if there are other songs that have the power to do that. More importantly, what lessons can they teach? Here are a few of those songs.

You Can’t Always Get What You Want – The Rolling Stones

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    The world has a way of giving you exactly what you need when you need it most.

    Beautiful – Christina Aguilera

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      The words in “Beautiful” gave a generation hope when there seemingly wasn’t any. They taught our youth what it actually meant to be beautiful.

      Man in the Mirror – Michael Jackson

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        Michael kindly reminds us that changing the world starts in only one place. You.

        One Tin Soldier – The Original Caste

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          All the fighting in the world is done at what cost?

          Peace really is the answer.

          Everybody Hurts – R.E.M.

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            Suicide is real.

            Each year, 42,773 Americans commit suicide, and for each “successful” one, 25 others have attempted it.

            No one is alone. We all hurt and we all suffer. “Everybody Hurts” acknowledges this.

            We Shall Be Free – Garth Brooks

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              As tensions rise, is there a better song that demonstrates what it would mean for the world to be free of hate, prejudice, and anger?

              Same Love – Macklemore and Lewis

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                Having recently just heard this song for the first time, it nearly brought me to tears with its message.

                We pretend to be a proactive community, but if you talk to minorities, work still has to be done.

                Beautiful Day – U2

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                  Ah yes, my alarm clock. Is there a better way to wake up than having someone tell you “It’s a beautiful day”?

                  Live Like You Were Dying – Tim McGraw

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                    If tomorrow was your last day and you knew it, would you treat today differently? I know I would.

                    Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey

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                      What list would be complete without this all-time favorite? I think the message is pretty clear, don’t you?

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                      Cat’s In The Cradle – Harry Chapin

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                        Have you ever taken the time to listen to the message in this song?

                        Don’t lose sight of the important things in life for the things that aren’t important.

                        What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong

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                          An all-time favorite of mine.

                          Take time, slow down, and appreciate the world, your world, for how amazing it is.

                          Win – Brian McKnight

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                            An amazing song about the power of persistence.

                            “And if I fall… I’ll just get up and try again.”

                            Imagine – John Lennon

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                              How different would the world be if it stopped hating and started loving?

                              I Believe I Can Fly – R. Kelly

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                                This song brilliantly advises the listener that we all come on hard times. The only thing that’s important in times like these is to not doubt yourself.

                                Roll With The Changes – REO Speedwagon

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                                  Change takes two things:

                                  1. A want to have it
                                  2. A willingness to go for it

                                  Turn the page on your old story and start writing a new one.

                                  You Raise Me Up – Secret Garden

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                                    Everybody has someone in their life that has the ability to pick them up when they are down.

                                    If that person isn’t around when you need it most, these lyrics will do nicely.

                                    True Colors – Cyndi Lauper

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                                      Never be afraid to be yourself.

                                      Remember, you are the only version of you on the planet.

                                      Changes – 2Pac

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                                        The world has come so far, but not far enough.

                                        These lyrics are as powerful now as they were then.

                                        Spiritual Revolutionary – Nabil and Karim

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                                          You are capable of achieving whatever you want.

                                          Whether you do or not is up to you.

                                          If You’re Out There – John Legend

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                                            Imagine what would happen if we all stood up against hate, anger, fear, discrimination, prejudice, and racism.

                                            How different would the world be?

                                            Come Together – The Youngbloods

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                                              Another classic about the power of a united species.

                                              What would happen if we as humans took this advice?

                                              I Can See Clearly Now – Johnny Nash

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                                                When times are at their darkest, remember that eventually, it will be a “bright, bright, Sun-Shiny day.”

                                                Drive – Incubus

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                                                  The quintessential life lesson.

                                                  When something has you fearful, the only way to overcome it is to do it anyway.

                                                  Hold On – Alabama Shakes

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                                                    Perseverance at its finest.

                                                    Hold on, push through, and keep fighting.

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                                                    How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                                    How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                                    You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                                                    We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                                                    The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                                                    Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                                                    1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                                                    Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                                                    For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                                                    • (1) Research
                                                    • (2) Deciding the topic
                                                    • (3) Creating the outline
                                                    • (4) Drafting the content
                                                    • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                                                    • (6) Revision
                                                    • (7) etc.

                                                    Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                                                    2. Change Your Environment

                                                    Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                                                    One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                                                    3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                                                    Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                                                    Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                                                    My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                                                    Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                                                    4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                                                    If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                                                    Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                                                    I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                                                    5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                                                    I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                                                    Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                                                    As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                                                    6. Get a Buddy

                                                    Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                                                    I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                                                    7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                                                    This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                                                    For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                                                    8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                                                    What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                                                    9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                                                    If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                                                    Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                                                    10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                                                    Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                                                    Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                                                    11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                                                    At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                                                    Reality check:

                                                    I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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