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Last Updated on February 3, 2021

32 Inspirational Songs that Keep You Motivated for Life

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32 Inspirational Songs that Keep You Motivated for Life

Music is an amazing thing. The songs you listen to can change the way you see the world. If you need a little more motivation, besides checking out this motivation advice, turning up some of the following music is perfect!

The right inspiring lyrics or motivational songs can give you a kick in the backside; provides a quick pick me up to motivate you to accomplish your goals; or just a reminder about appreciating the beauty of the world that we live in and provides that little lift that we occasionally need.

Here is a list of 32 inspirational songs that will help you to stay the course and go for it:

1. Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) – Kelly Clarkson

“What doesn’t kill you makes a fighter”.  This song, performed by the American Idol Season 1 winner helps you to evaluate your life when something hasn’t gone your way. Learn from it and come back fighting so that you can reach the next level.

2. Don’t Stop Believing – Journey

“Don’t stop believin’. Hold on to the feelin'”. Remember when you started something new? How it felt? It’s not always going to be smooth, but remember what motivated you to start off, or how that relationship felt like at the beginning and strive to reinvent it.

3. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

“Don’t you know that there ain’t no mountain high enough. Ain’t no valley low enough, ain’t no river wide enough. To keep me from getting to you, baby”. Whatever your baby may be, it’s your goal. There may be obstacles on the way, but you can overcome them to reach that goal.

4. Save the World – Swedish House Mafia

“Who’s gonna save the world tonight? Who’s gonna bring you back to life?”. It’s down to you, motivate yourself to do what it takes to bring some activity back.

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5. Skyscraper – Demi Lovato

“Go on and try to tear me down. I will be rising from the ground”. If you are seeing obstacles blocking you, you can circumvent them and build back up. Life has it’s ups and downs and it’s up to you to build strong foundations so that you can continually build your own skyscrapers.

6. Get up Stand up – Bob Marley

“Get up, stand up: don’t give up the fight!”. It’s not over yet.

7. You’re Beautiful – James Blunt

“But we shared a moment that will last ’til the end.”.  When those moments happen, treasure them and remember them. You may need it one day to keep you going.

8. It’s My Life – Bon Jovi

It’s my life. And it’s now or never”. We only have one life, why procrastinate on the things that matter?

9. Beautiful – Christina Aguilera

“You’re beautiful. No matter what they say”. There’s something beautiful for someone in almost everything. Don’t focus on the negatives, focus on the positives.

10. Tubthumping – Chumbawumba

“I get knocked down, But I get up again, You’re never going to keep me down”. Persistence is important, take those setbacks into your stride. You’ve probably heard this inspirational song on countless sports shows. That’s how effective it is.

11. Fight Song – Rachel Platten

If you’re down and feel like a failure, this song will get you to stand up and keep fighting because “This is my fight song!”

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12. You Gotta Be – Des Ree

“Listen as your day unfolds. Challenge what the future holds”. Set your goals for the day and accomplish that challenge

13. We are the Champions – Queen

“And bad mistakes I’ve made a few I’ve had my share of sand kicked in my face – But I’ve come through”. We’ve all had bad days where everything feels like its on top of you, but think about how you’ve traversed through it and how you have learned from those lessons.

14. Not Afraid – Eminem

“We’ll walk this road together, through the storm. Whatever weather, cold or warm”. Not everything needs to be done alone, sharing your support to someone can help make their day.

15. Just Like Fire – P!nk

Just believe in yourself and you’ll shine bright — “Just like fire, burning out the way.”

16. Where is the Love? – Black Eyed Peas

“Take control of your mind and meditate”.  Focus on your objective, don’t waste your energy on the things you can’t control.

17. Human – The Killers

“Close your eyes. Clear your heart”. We’re all human, sometimes we need to take a bit of time to reset so that we can move on.

18. Lust For Life – Iggy Pop

“I’m worth a million in prizes”. Whatever motivates you, find that vigor that makes you feel like a million dollars.

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19. Remember the Name – Fort Minor

“This is ten percent luck, twenty percent skill, Fifteen percent concentrated power of will ,Five percent pleasure, fifty percent pain”.  Focus and work hard, it’s not going to be plain sailing, but if you want to reach your destination, you need determination.

20. What a Feeling – Irene Cara

“first, when there’s nothing but a slow glowing dream”. All your goals start from somewhere. Keep your eye on the goal.

21. Harder, Better, Faster – Daft Punk

“Work it harder, make it better, do it faster, makes us stronger;”. Working smart increases your output. Focus on doing it smart.

22. Walking on Sunshine – Katrina and the Waves

This is just a great feel-good song.

23. Perfect Day – Lou Reed

“Just a perfect day, problems all left alone”. Take a break from your problems and take some time to enjoy yourself.

24. Don’t Worry be Happy – Bobby McFerrin

“In every life we have some troubleBut when you worry, you make it double”. Bobby McFerrin’s inspirational 80’s song reminds us that everyone is worried about something, and we need to take time out to have some happy time.

25. Imagine – John Lennon

“You, you may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one”. Figure out what your dream is and strive for it.

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26. Always Look on the Bright Side of Life – Monty Python

“If life seems jolly rotten, There’s something you’ve forgotten!”. Focus on the positives.

27. Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles

“Little darling, I feel that ice is slowly melting”. Even if progress is slow, progress is still being made.

28. Beautiful Day – U2

“It’s a beautiful day. Don’t let it get away”. Celebrate your victories and achievements, no matter how small.

29. Lovely Day – Bill Withers

“When the day that lies ahead of me. Seems impossible to face”. Life sometimes seems impossible, but there is always a way, you just haven’t though of it yet.

30. Stand By Me ~ Ben E. King

“No I won’t be afraid. Oh I won’t be afraid”. That challenge may seem daunting, but don’t be afraid it. We have to overcome our fears and comfort zones to progress.

31. Teardrop – Massive Attack

“Most faithful mirror. Fearless on my breath”. Take a look at yourself and see if you’re heading in the direction you want. Make course corrections without fear.

32. What a Wonderful World –  Louis Armstrong

“The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky”. Life is not in black and white, there is so much color out there to keep motivated for life. This song is terrifyingly inspirational when you consider how long this song has lasted.

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Published on September 3, 2021

6 Friday Motivation Tips to Help You Stay Motivated

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6 Friday Motivation Tips to Help You Stay Motivated

You know the feeling—that “I still have another whole work day to get through” feeling? It sucks. The worst part is knowing that you have to get up, get to work, and be productive when you feel checked out, unmotivated, and would rather go back to bed. The trickiest part about it is that even though you may know intellectually that you’re not the only person who has ever felt that way, at the moment, it can feel very lonely.

If you feel the Friday funk and want to shake it off, try these six tips to lift your Friday motivation.

1. Eat a Solid Breakfast and Plan to Eat Lunch

The first thing you can do to lift your Friday motivation is to eat a solid breakfast. We have all heard the phrase, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” It turns out that it wasn’t just something our parents were telling us to get us to eat before school. Studies have shown that eating breakfast can help with improved memory, recall, mood, and visual-motor functions.[1]

However, researchers have found evidence that the benefits of the micronutrient boost provided by breakfast do wear off after a while. Just like a car with a full tank of gas that runs out after a long journey, the body needs to be refueled. Therefore, planning to eat breakfast and lunch on a day when you are not feeling your best could give you that extra boost you need to get through the day. Skipping meals can lead to low blood sugar, which can leave you feeling weak and tired.[2] If you are already struggling with feeling motivated, not eating is only going to make you feel more sluggish and less inspired to get anything done.

2. Prioritize What’s Urgent

I have always been a fan of the cheat sheet. No, I’m not a cheater, but I love knowing what needs to be done. No one wants to waste any precious energy trying to figure out what should be done when you are already feeling unmotivated.

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No matter who you are, there is a high probability that by Friday, on any given week, you have at least one or two items that were supposed to be completed earlier in the week but just didn’t get done. Here is my quick trick for figuring out what’s urgent.

Just ask yourself these three questions:

  • Are there any projects with deadlines that have passed already but are still due?
  • Which of those projects is the most overdue?
  • Of the overdue projects, which will take the least time to make significant progress or complete?

This should help you to easily identify at least one task that you can spend time working on diligently, knowing that you are getting something important done.

3. Tackle the Low-Hanging Fruit

Another way to refresh your Friday motivation is to tackle the low-hanging fruit. There is nothing wrong with doing the easy stuff first. Maybe you are so burned out and the urgent tasks will take too much energy. There is nothing wrong with knocking out the obvious easy things. Emails, filing, data entry, document reconciliation, follow-up calls, editing or revising written work, and research are all low-hanging fruits—these are all straightforward tasks.

Getting these easier tasks done will give you a sense of accomplishment. You can leverage this sense of accomplishment to help you tackle some harder tasks or get all the easy tasks done so the following week, you can dedicate your time to the harder projects.

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4. Give Yourself at Least Two Scheduled Breaks

Give yourself at least two scheduled breaks during the workday. Life is stressful. Feeling like you have to work when you don’t feel up to it is stressful. Let’s not compound it by forcing yourself to sit in front of the computer all day with no breaks. The days of believing that “lunch is for punks and working 80 hours a week is what you should be doing” are fading away—if not already a distant memory for some.

In fact, scientists discovered that, although “taking short breaks throughout the working day may not have as obvious an impact as taking a holiday, research has found significant benefits. Studies have found that breaks can reduce or prevent stress, help to maintain performance throughout the day and reduce the need for a long recovery at the end of the day.”[3]

Before you sit down in front of your desk for the workday, set three alarms—two 20-minute breaks and one lunch break. You aren’t proving anything to anyone by forcing yourself to be miserable in front of your computer. You deserve flexibility and compassion. Let these breaks be a radical act of self-care.

5. Listen to Some Upbeat Tunes

Another way to improve your Friday motivation is to listen to some upbeat tunes. Music is medicine. It is not a mystery that the vibrations of sound can affect our mood. Ancient communities knew this and embraced it through practices like chanting, the use of singing bowls, chimes, bells, and other sound instruments as tools for healing. Practices like Kirtan and Bhakti yoga use chanting to heal and shift energy. The Hindu and Buddhist religions use bells and chimes in many of their spiritual healing rituals. Throughout the modern world, we have adopted the use of signing bowls for energetic healing.

Most people could recall at least one moment in their lives when music or sound has helped shift their mood. Music has been shown to have a direct effect on the listener. Studies show that listening to music while you work can lead to an “increase in both mood and quality of work”.[4]

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If you are feeling super unmotivated, the solution to your problem may be throwing on your favorite album in the background while you try to get a few things done. If you can’t work while listening to music with words and you do not like classical music or traditional jazz, explore genres like Trip hop, house, ambient, Beach House, JamBand. You may also enjoy artists like Bonobo, Thievery Corporation, and Grammatik.

6. Give Yourself Something to Look Forward To

As a yogi, I’m all about being present in the moment. But sometimes, the present is a little too intense, and being super present is not going to help to improve your mood. In those moments, tapping into the power of positive anticipation can be your secret weapon because “knowing that something good is coming your way pushes you to accomplish those tasks you may not necessarily want to do.”[5]

We all love to be rewarded, especially when we are doing something we don’t want to do. Giving yourself something to look forward to is the way to guarantee that you will be rewarded for the hard work of getting through the day.

The reward doesn’t have to be immense. It can be something small like getting ice cream, going for a walk, spending time with friends, or vegging out with your phone on do not disturb for a few hours. I used to employ this trick a lot when I was in boarding school. The time between semesters in new England would feel so long especially in the winter that my friends and I would let ourselves get excited about little things like drinking lime rickeys at Brigham’s. Believe it or not, it worked.

Try it the next time you get the hit with the Friday funk. Think about something you can look forward to no matter how small, and notice how it shifts your energy.

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Final Thoughts

As the adage says, “this too shall pass.”

Friday is just a day like every other day before it will end. One thing you can count on is that time waits for no one, so despite how difficult it may feel to get through, know that the time is on your side.

No matter what, Friday will wind on. The best thing you can do to improve your Friday motivation is to make sure that your body has the micronutrients it needs to power through the day, identify what’s urgent, tackle low hanging fruit, give yourself time away from the desk, throw on your favorite tunes, and think about the fact that you have the entire weekend to look forward to.

You got this!

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