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These 10 Songs Will Get You Pumped to Follow Your Dreams

These 10 Songs Will Get You Pumped to Follow Your Dreams

Like most of you, I’m sure, I love music. It plays a huge role in my life: whether I’m at the gym, at home or at the office (oops!), nothing gives me more joy or energy than to listen to my favourite tunes. They perk me up when I’m feeling down or sluggish, give me food for thought when inspiration fails me and egg me on when my motivation flags. In other words, music has had my back in times both high and low and I firmly believe that there is a song or melody out there for pretty much any occasion!

On that note, today I’d like to share my go-to playlist for when I need a little mojo to chase my dreams. You know the score: some days, the will to boldly go after what we want is lacking and we find ourselves uninspired, unmotivated and bored. Ugh! In times like these, there is nothing better than plugging your earphones in, shutting out the world and letting brilliant, uplifting music wash over you. After just a couple of songs (or more, if the doldrums have really hit me), I feel refreshed and raring to go!

The following songs are a mix between good, old-fashioned (and probably more than a little cheesy) pop, rough and ready rap and soulful R&B. What they all have in common, though, is that they will get you pumped to follow your dreams! Ready? Let’s go!

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1. Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’

Don’t stop believing / Hold on to that feeling

Don’t Stop Believing by Journey is a bona fide classic and has its place in any motivational playlist. The melody is rousing and the lyrics, uplifting, so press “play” when you’re in need of a boost!

2. Alicia Keys – Empire State Of Mind (Part II) Broken Down

I’mma make it by any means / Got a pocket full of dreams

Alicia Keys’ beautiful rendition of Empire State of Mind (Part II) captures all of the Big Apple’s promise. The soaring vocals coupled with the inspiring words make this song the perfect companion for chasing dreams!

3. Irina Menzel – Let It Go

It’s time to see what I can do / To test the limits and break through

Let It Go is one of my favourite songs of all times, so it isn’t surprising to see it on this list. It’s the perfect song to belt out when you need to muster your strength and face those epic challenges!

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4. Iggy Azalea – Impossible Is Nothing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgT5WLqWfF0

I shall never let them see me sweat / Promise to want for more until my very last breath

Iggy Azalea might not be for everyone, but this song never fails to get me pumped up. Hearing her talk about her struggles and her steely will to succeed will definitely motivate you to reach for the stars!

5. Darin Zanyar – Be What You Wanna Be

I know you could reach the top / Make sure that you won’t stop

This song is definitely an acquired taste, but the lyrics contain a rare optimism that’ll have you tapping your feet and raring to go!

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6. Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole – Somewhere Over The Rainbow / What A Wonderful World

Someday I’ll wish upon a star / Wake up where the clouds are far behind me

Another classic beautifully rendered by the legendary Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole, this song will open your eyes to the beauty of the world.

7. Eddie Vedder – Rise

Gonna rise up / Turning mistakes into gold

Rise is a glorious ode to adventure penned by none other than Pearl Jam’s own Eddie Vedder for the epic movie Into the Wild. Its rousing, hopeful melody will ignite your wanderlust!

8. R. Kelly – The World’s Greatest

And I’m that little bit of hope / When my back’s against the rope

This touching ode to Mohammed Ali serves as a reminder that even in the darkest hour, there is still hope. Listen to this song when the going gets tough.

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9. Eminem – Lose Yourself

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmXumtgwtak

You only get one shot / Do not miss your chance to blow

Eminem’s Lose Yourself is on a great deal of motivational playlists, and with good reason: it’s a veritable anthem to hard work and a reminder to always seize opportunities as soon as they present themselves to us. Carpe that diem!

10. Katy Perry – Firework

Baby, you’re a firework / Come on, let your colours burst

No motivational playlist is complete without Firework by Katy Perry! This song has been my ally on many a difficult run. Its inspirational lyrics and good, old-fashioned poppy fun never fails to put a smile on my face!

Sometimes, all it takes to put you back on the path to success is the right attitude… and the right song! What is your go-to song to put you in a dream-chasing mood? 

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How to Communicate Effectively in Any Relationship

How to Communicate Effectively in Any Relationship

For all our social media bravado, we live in a society where communication is seen less as an art, and more as a perfunctory exercise. We spend so much time with people, yet we struggle with how to meaningfully communicate.

If you believe you have mastered effective communication, scan the list below and see whether you can see yourself in any of the examples:

Example 1

You are uncomfortable with a person’s actions or comments, and rather than telling the individual immediately, you sidestep the issue and attempt to move on as though the offending behavior or comment never happened.

You move on with the relationship and develop a pattern of not addressing challenging situations. Before long, the person with whom you are in relationship will say or do something that pushes you over the top and predictably, you explode or withdraw completely from the relationship.

In this example, hard-to-speak truths become never- expressed truths that turn into resentment and anger.

Example 2

You communicate from the head and without emotion. While what you communicate makes perfect sense to you, it comes across as cold because it lacks emotion.

People do not understand what motivates you to say what you say, and without sharing your feelings and emotions, others experience you as rude, cold or aggressive.

You will know this is a problem if people shy away from you, ignore your contributions in meetings or tell you your words hurt. You can also know you struggle in this area if you find yourself constantly apologizing for things you have said.

Example 3

You have an issue with one person, but you communicate your problem to an entirely different person.

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The person in whom you confide lacks the authority to resolve the matter troubling you, and while you have vented and expressed frustration, the underlying challenge is unresolved.

Example 4

You grew up in a family with destructive communication habits and those habits play out in your current relationships.

Because you have never stopped to ask why you communicate the way you do and whether your communication style still works, you may lack understanding of how your words impact others and how to implement positive change.

If you find yourself in any of the situations described above, this article is for you.

Communication can build or decimate worlds and it is important we get it right. Regardless of your professional aspirations or personal goals, you can improve your communication skills if you:

  • Understand your own communication style
  • Tailor your style depending on the needs of the audience
  • Communicate with precision and care
  • Be mindful of your delivery, timing and messenger

1. Understand Your Communication Style

To communicate effectively, you must understand the communication legacy passed down from our parents, grandparents or caregivers. Each of us grew up with spoken and unspoken rules about communication.

In some families, direct communication is practiced and honored. In other families, family members are encouraged to shy away from difficult conversations. Some families appreciate open and frank dialogue and others do not. Other families practice silence about substantive matters, that is, they seldom or rarely broach difficult conversations at all.

Before you can appreciate the nuance required in communication, it helps to know the familial patterns you grew up with.

2. Learn Others Communication Styles

Communicating effectively requires you to take a step back, assess the intended recipient of your communication and think through how the individual prefers to be communicated with. Once you know this, you can tailor your message in a way that increases the likelihood of being heard. This also prevents you from assuming the way you communicate with one group is appropriate or right for all groups or people.

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If you are unsure how to determine the styles of the groups or persons with whom you are interacting, you can always ask them:

“How do you prefer to receive information?”

This approach requires listening, both to what the individuals say as well as what is unspoken. Virgin Group CEO Richard Branson noted that the best communicators are also great listeners.

To communicate effectively from relationship to relationship and situation to situation, you must understand the communication needs of others.

3. Exercise Precision and Care

A recent engagement underscored for me the importance of exercising care when communicating.

On a recent trip to Ohio, I decided to meet up with an old friend to go for a walk. As we strolled through the soccer park, my friend gently announced that he had something to talk about, he was upset with me. His introduction to the problem allowed me to mentally shift gears and prepare for the conversation.

Shortly after introducing the shift in conversation, my friend asked me why I didn’t invite him to the launch party for my business. He lives in Ohio and I live in the D.C. area.

I explained that the event snuck up on me, and I only started planning the invite list three weeks before the event. Due to the last-minute nature of the gathering, I opted to invite people in the DMV area versus my friends from outside the area – I didn’t want to be disrespectful by asking them to travel on such short notice.

I also noted that I didn’t want to be disappointed if he and others declined to come to the event. So I played it safe in terms of inviting people who were local.

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In the moment, I felt the conversation went very well. I also checked in with my friend a few days after our walk, affirmed my appreciation for his willingness to communicate his upset and our ability to work through it.

The way this conversation unfolded exemplified effective communication. My friend approached me with grace and vulnerability. He approached me with a level of curiosity that didn’t put me on my heels — I was able to really listen to what he was saying, apologize for how my decision impacted him and vow that going forward, I would always ask rather than making decisions for him and others.

Our relationship is intact, and I now have information that will help me become a better friend to him and others.

4. Be Mindful of Delivery, Timing and Messenger

Communicating effectively also requires thinking through the delivery of the message one intends to communicate as well as the appropriate time for the discussion.

In an Entrepreneur.com column, VIP Contributor Deep Patel, noted that persons interested in communicating well need to master the art of timing. Patel noted,[1]

“Great comedians, like all great communicators, are able to feel out their audience to determine when to move on to a new topic or when to reiterate an idea.”

Communicating effectively also requires thoughtfulness about the messenger. A person prone to dramatic, angry outbursts should never be called upon to deliver constructive feedback, especially to people whom they do not know. The immediate aftermath of a mass shooting is not the ideal time to talk about the importance of the Second Amendment rights.

Like everyone else, I must work to ensure my communication is layered with precision and care.

It requires precision because words must be carefully tailored to the person with whom you are speaking.

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It requires intentionality because before one communicates, one should think about the audience and what the audience needs in order to hear your message the way you intended it to be communicated.

It requires active listening which is about hearing verbal and nonverbal messages.

Even though we may be right in what we say, how we say it could derail the impact of the message and the other parties’ ability to hear the message.

Communicating with care is also about saying things that the people in our life need to hear and doing so with love.

The Bottom Line

When I left the meeting with my dear friend, I wondered if I was replicating or modeling this level of openness and transparency in the rest of my relationships.

I was intrigued and appreciative. He’d clearly thought about what he wanted to say to me, picked the appropriate time to share his feedback and then delivered it with care. He hit the ball out of the park and I’m hopeful we all do the same.

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