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Last Updated on July 4, 2019

30 Inspirational Songs that Keep You Motivated for Life

30 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 30 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. 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.

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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. Walking on Sunshine – Katrina and the Waves

This is just a great feel-good song.

16. 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.

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. 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.

22. 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.

23. 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.

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. 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.

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26. 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.

27. Beautiful Day – U2

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

28. 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.

29. 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.

30. 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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Last Updated on September 10, 2019

7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

Most of your reality is not a given. It is shaped by your expectations, beliefs and thoughts you have formed about it. A big chunk of these beliefs and expectations are encoded into habits you integrate in your daily life.

Yes, some of these habits are formed unconsciously and can be counter-productive or limiting but conversely, you can consciously form positive habits that will transform and empower your life significantly.

This is a powerful point of departure that more and more people are becoming aware of. The most common trait of highly successful people is the recognition of the power they have in co-creating their reality through changing the way they think, believe or expect their reality to be.

One of the most effective ways of changing our belief patterns is through practising and maintaining daily rituals. Ancient traditions had clearly understood the power of rituals in reinforcing habits and changing the way we see and create our reality a long, long time ago.

Once again, if you look into the life history of any highly successful individual, you will find some form of ritual in their daily routine. Some of these rituals may seem banal or eccentric but don’t be deceived by appearances. Rituals are one of the most effective self-empowering tools freely available at the practitioner’s disposal – that is, you!

Below are some the easiest yet life-changing morning rituals you can do every day. Of course, you can have your own afternoon or bed-time rituals but morning rituals are extremely effective in empowering your day since they help you charge yourself before it all starts.

1. Gratitude

Feeling gratitude and appreciation for those little signs and moments of joy happening in your life is probably one of the most overlooked or underestimated rituals. It is a perfect morning ritual to start your day on a very positive key.

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The real power of gratitude is that it makes you pick out and focus on what is working in your life – what is in tune with your being as a whole. It is selectively positive. It reinforces happiness and positivity by shedding light on those awesome things, small or big, that grace your everyday living.

Quite often, we just pick out the pain points, the problems, the bottle necks, whatever it is that is not working in our life and causing friction, anxiety and unhappiness. This is like constantly rewriting the script of your life with a negative or tragic overtone. Your subconscious mind follows faithfully that script you write whether it is a negative or positive one.

So feeling gratitude is undoubtedly an immensely empowering ritual. Start your day by being thankful for those positive things that happened the previous day or throughout the week. It could be something really petty and small. It doesn’t matter. You might be grateful for an unexpected visit from an old friend, a beautiful encounter with a kind stranger, a new opportunity or whatever it is that shines your way. Do it every morning and see what happens during the day.

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    2. Writing Down Your Most Important Tasks

    This is a very practical ritual. Start your day by identifying and writing down from one to three of the most important tasks you need to complete during that day. These tasks are ones which support important long term goals that are aligned to your purpose, passion or general direction in life.

    For example, if writing a book or building an online community are important long term goals which are aligned to your personal growth, then an important task for the day might be finishing off a particular page or two of the book or coming up with fresh content ideas for the online community.

    What is important with this ritual is that you identify these tasks and complete them as early in the day as possible. Of course, you will have other tasks apart from the ones you will write down but, these are tasks which can be tackled later or batched up and carried out in one go.

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    Writing down your most important tasks in the morning helps you focus your day and life according to what is essential. It helps you prioritize and manage your time better. As a result, you simplify your life by applying your focus and energy on what really counts for your overall life progress.

    3. Affirm Your Goals in Writing or Drawing

    This is similar to the previous idea but different in its application and purpose. Writing down your most important tasks of the day is a way to have a concrete structure of action to follow. Affirming your goals, on the other hand, is a very powerful way of crystallizing your vision and goals in life into your everyday mental space.

    Writing down or doodling your goals on a piece of paper helps you externalize those goals by giving them form. In return, they are reflected back in your subconscious mind and thus, reinforcing them and integrating them more wholly.

    An example of this would be writing down “I am achieving greater success in my career” or “I am becoming healthier and stronger through my exercise.” Notice the present tense being used as a way to tell yourself you are in the process already. Remember the life script we subconsciously follow? You are basically modifying the script to be applied now in the present.

    Drawing or doodling can be equally, or even more, effective  (if you are more of a visual person) as it summarizes a graphical representation of your goals. For example, if your goal is to build a new house or live in another country, you can draw the house or draw things that symbolise the country you want to live in.

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      4. Practice Qi Gong Exercises

      According to Chinese philosophy, Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) means the life force or energy inherent in all things;[1] and Qi Gong is the practice to cultivate and circulate that energy in your body. This may sound esoteric or complicated but actually, Qi Gong is really a set of simple exercises aimed at increasing your health and vitality.

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      There are numerous forms and practices available for free through the online media. As a morning ritual, I recommend following these simple exercises by Qi Gong master Lee Holden:

      5. Drink Hot Water with Lemon

      Simply add a slice of lemon in a glass of hot water and drink one every morning. This is a very simple ritual I follow faithfully every morning.

      Apart from being a good source of vitamin C and a great way of flushing out toxins in the morning, it balances and maintains the PH levels in the body, reduces pain and inflammation in joints and knees and helps nourishing brain and nerve cells. Here are some more benefits of drinking hot water with lemon.

      6. Rise Earlier

      The practical advantages of waking up early are obvious.

      For example, you gain more time for doing exercise such as walking, cycling or Qi Gong as suggested above. You gain more time to be with yourself to reflect, meditate or, more importantly, carry out the other morning rituals.

      So rising early can be seen as a foundation for all the other morning rituals. Many, like myself, find that they are more productive in the early hours of the day.

      Also, various studies have shown that there are many other benefits from waking up an hour or two earlier in the morning. Sleeping early and waking up early helps the body attune with the earth’s circadian rhythms thus, promoting more restorative sleep. Other curious results from such studies show, for instance, that early risers tend to be more optimistic and can anticipate and solve problems more efficiently than the norm.[2]

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      7. Listen to Uplifting Music

      Uplifting music can have a direct impact on our mood, especially in the morning. It charges us emotionally and tunes us into a more positive outlook of the day ahead.

      Most people wake up to music or listen to music as they commute to work. Very often, however, they tune in to a radio or randomly pick a playlist from their device. Being more selective and conscious of the music you listen to in the morning can have a great impact on your day and life in general.

      It’s funny how we try to choose music according to our mood. For example if you are feeling down or disappointed by something, you are more prone to listen to music that reflects that mood – for instance blues, sad songs or downtempo music. This has the effect of reinforcing that mood. What you need to do is the exact opposite and retune your mood by listening to music that beats to a different tune than that mood.

      Try to listen to more uplifting music in the morning even if, or especially if, your mood does not dictate so.

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      Reference

      [1] Live Science: What Is Qi Gong
      [2] Harvard Business Review: Defend Your Research: The Early Bird Really Does Get the Worm

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