Choosing Your Own Motivational Tune

Music is a wonderful way to get you going, whether you are trying to complete a tedious chore, get through the day without feeling hungry when you’re on a diet, or get moving with more stamina when you’re doing your workout. It can be wonderful inspiration and can give us drive even when we’re feeling drained.


That said, actually choosing the tunes to motivate you at any given time can suddenly seem daunting when you’re facing a virtually never ending list of songs. How do you create that motivational playlist that you can rely on to get you from where you are to where you want to be?


The type of motivation you need plays a very important role in the music that you will choose for the task. For example, are you trying to take some of the boredom out of a long work day? If so, then you may want to choose great instrumental music, since tunes with lyrics may be distracting and could slow down your ability to read or focus on data. Are you seeking drive to power you through your workout? You’re going to want to make sure that your selection has a certain number of beats per minute so that you don’t end up slowing down to match the rhythm of the song. Are you washing the floors and vacuuming before a big gathering of family and friends? Something upbeat is a great option, especially if it has lyrics that you can sing out loud!


Studies have repeatedly shown that music can not only help to change a person’s mood, but it can also help to provide inspiration and motivation so that you don’t just have to rely on it to put you in a good mood or to keep a certain beat, but it can actually give you the feeling that you “want” to be doing the task. It can remind you of the positive feeling you will have once you have achieved your goal.

This impact goes right down to your brain waves. Studies have revealed that sound wave physical characteristics can be reflective in the waves in the brain. This helps to show how important it is to make the right song choices. You are having a direct influence on the way that your brain will function.


Start paying attention to your response to some songs. Do you feel frustrated halfway through? Do you have a hard time listening to it without dancing? Is it calming? Does it promote powerful focus? If you start noting a particularly positive response from a song in the situation where you’d like to use it, jot down its title. Keep testing music until you find a song list for each of the areas of your life where you will need motivation. Don’t forget to keep it up to date as some songs start becoming stale for you and as you discover other ones that you love.