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3 Things To Do Before You Can Benefit From Any Song You Hear

3 Things To Do Before You Can Benefit From Any Song You Hear

People listen to songs for pleasure. There’s nothing wrong with that. But, wouldn’t it be good if you could go beyond that? What if you could listen to any song, be entertained, but learn something from it at the same time? That’s what I’m going to share with you today – the three things you can do to benefit from any song you listen to.

1. Memorize the song

It’s interesting that even though we listen to a song many times we rarely memorize all of them. This is because you are listening passively; you let the words flow through your ears as if they are meaningless utterances and only the sound caught our attention. You need to change that.

Commit to memorize the songs you listen to because every memorization effort you take can help to solidify the strength of your memory. Aside from that, it can help you to understand the meaning behind the song because if you know every word in the song, you will easily grasp what the song writer has to convey.

For more tips on memorization, read the article “10 Practical Tips on Improving Memory” to start jump-start your memory improvement effort.

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2. Discover the meaning behind the song

Did you know that Paul McCartney of the Beatles wrote the song “Hey Jude” as a way to comfort John Lennon’s son, Julian, after the divorce of John Lennon? How about the song “Zombie” by the Cranberries which was about the ethno-political conflict in Ireland?

It’s important to discover the meanings behind songs you listen to as it can help you to appreciate the effort the song writer puts into it. Sometimes, you might find the meaning is relevant to your life and there are many people who explained how some songs changed their life after they discovered the meanings behind them.

Meanings can be subjective. There are meanings coming from song writers themselves or they can also be interpreted by you. It doesn’t matter what kind of meaning you choose because if a song has some sort of meaning that resonates with you, you can usually find it relevant to your life and cherish it.

Websites like Song Meanings and Song Facts are good places to learn the variety of meanings people attribute to the songs they listen to and how it can help you appreciate the diversity of opinions and interpretations.

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3. Make an anchor out of a song

Songs are good emotional anchors. Essentially, when you decide that a song is an anchor for an emotion, you will listen to it anytime you want to feel the emotion. There are various uses of song anchoring.

Generally, you can use it to motivate yourself by using anchoring “motivation” into high energy songs. If you are a novelist who writes in the romantic genre, you can listen to the song that you anchored for the feeling of “love” before you start your writing. Or maybe you need to write a reflection and you think a gloomy outlook can help you to be realistic, then just open the song that’s been anchored with “sadness.”

Songs are meant to be indulged

The three tips outlined above can be highly beneficial if you want to get the most out of any song. It can help you turn from a passive listener into a reflective and appreciative listener.

Your homework is to listen to the following song “Fix You” by Coldplay and answer the questions below the video.

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Try to understand the meaning behind the following phrases:

1. Stuck in reverse

2. Lights will guide you home

3. And I will try to fix you

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There are no right or wrong answers to these questions; It’s only right if your heart says that it’s right. Happy listening!

Featured photo credit: Sing along with me by John Liu via flickr.com

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Last Updated on April 8, 2020

Why Assuming Positive Intent Is an Amazing Productivity Driver

Why Assuming Positive Intent Is an Amazing Productivity Driver

Assuming positive intent is an important contributor to quality of life.

Most people appreciate the dividends such a mindset produces in the realm of relationships. How can relationships flourish when you don’t assume intentions that may or may not be there? And how their partner can become an easier person to be around as a result of such a shift? Less appreciated in the GTD world, however, is the productivity aspect of this “assume positive intent” perspective.

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Most of us are guilty of letting our minds get distracted, our energy sapped, or our harmony compromised by thinking about what others woulda, coulda, shoulda.  How we got wronged by someone else.  How a friend could have been more respectful.  How a family member could have been less selfish.

However, once we evolve to understanding the folly of this mindset, we feel freer and we become more productive professionally due to the minimization of unhelpful, distracting thoughts.

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The leap happens when we realize two things:

  1. The self serving benefit from giving others the benefit of the doubt.
  2. The logic inherent in the assumption that others either have many things going on in their lives paving the way for misunderstandings.

Needless to say, this mindset does not mean that we ought to not confront people that are creating havoc in our world.  There are times when we need to call someone out for inflicting harm in our personal lives or the lives of others.

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Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO of Pepsi, says it best in an interview with Fortune magazine:

My father was an absolutely wonderful human being. From ecent emailhim I learned to always assume positive intent. Whatever anybody says or does, assume positive intent. You will be amazed at how your whole approach to a person or problem becomes very different. When you assume negative intent, you’re angry. If you take away that anger and assume positive intent, you will be amazed. Your emotional quotient goes up because you are no longer almost random in your response. You don’t get defensive. You don’t scream. You are trying to understand and listen because at your basic core you are saying, ‘Maybe they are saying something to me that I’m not hearing.’ So ‘assume positive intent’ has been a huge piece of advice for me.

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In business, sometimes in the heat of the moment, people say things. You can either misconstrue what they’re saying and assume they are trying to put you down, or you can say, ‘Wait a minute. Let me really get behind what they are saying to understand whether they’re reacting because they’re hurt, upset, confused, or they don’t understand what it is I’ve asked them to do.’ If you react from a negative perspective – because you didn’t like the way they reacted – then it just becomes two negatives fighting each other. But when you assume positive intent, I think often what happens is the other person says, ‘Hey, wait a minute, maybe I’m wrong in reacting the way I do because this person is really making an effort.

“Assume positive intent” is definitely a top quality of life’s best practice among the people I have met so far. The reasons are obvious. It will make you feel better, your relationships will thrive and it’s an approach more greatly aligned with reality.  But less understood is how such a shift in mindset brings your professional game to a different level.

Not only does such a shift make you more likable to your colleagues, but it also unleashes your talents further through a more focused, less distracted mind.

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