Music influences human behavior by affecting the brain and subsequently other bodily structures in ways that are quite observable, identifiable, measurable, predictable and repeatable.
Music therapists use these influences to affect specific behaviors and outcomes because music has the power to strongly influence our mood. Music triggers whole brain processes and functioning, which directly affect one’s cognitive, emotional, and physical functions and abilities. Music can relax us or excite us, make us happy or it can cause us to cry.
The radio industry once ran an advertising campaign stating that music is the soundtrack of our lives. They are correct! But what I find to be most interesting is that it is not your life that creates the soundtrack of music, but the music itself that can create the life you want. If music affects you, and I feel safe in assuming that it does, then it seemingly makes sense that we use music to create within ourselves a most powerful, positive mood enhancement.
Most of us have smartphones that contain our favorite songs. If not the 2GB iPod shuffle works fine at next to no cost at a yard sale. Create a playlist on your phone or use a Shuffle type MP3 player to create a compilation of 10 – 20 highly positive, motivating, heart racing, dance, workout, or sport theme songs that gets your motivation peaked! I have found certain songs trigger a response in me that gives me an emotional boost of energy. I am sure you have some favorites that do the same for you!
The music I select will differ from the music you will select. The only rule, if there is to be one, is that the music should be positive. For me, a great way to start my Monday morning is listening to Rush’s Tom Sawyer.
Exit the warrior today’s Tom Sawyer
He gets high on you
And the energy you trade
He gets right on to the friction of the day.
Before starting training events I liked to listen to Bob Seeger’s Turn the Page.
Out there in the spotlight you’re a million miles away
Every ounce of energy, you try to give away
as the sweat pours out your body like the music that you play.
As I’ve mentioned the music that works for me, more than likely is not the same that will work for you. Don’t concern yourself with what’s popular, or how silly a particular song may appear to the rest of the world. This is your brain that you are programming for the purpose of filling you with enthusiasm and positive energy.
Utilize the power of music to peak your emotional attitude and increase energy at any time you feel an emotional boost would be beneficial. Use it while problem solving and brainstorming.
Motivational music is medically better than caffeine and always delivers open throttle results. Why not prepare a healthy dose for regular consumption? Create that playlist today for creating a more energized tomorrow.
Rock on! – Rick