Equanimity, Freedom

Get Motivated

As I drove into work on last Tuesday, my car connected with my phone. I backed out of my garage, waiting for the sound to fill my morning. Instead of playing the audiobook that I am currently listening to, it began playing music randomly from my iTunes library.

The first song that began to play was Salt -N- Pepa’s Push It. As I pumped myself up in the car, an idea struck me: Fuel your dreams through music. I really got excited while listening to the song and decided to use the chorus of the song to motivate my drive towards my dreams.

So it goes: “Ah, push it, push it good. Ah, push it, push it real good” I told myself that I would push away the self-imposed limitations. We doubt ourselves and we compare our progress with that of others– ah, push it!

The next song that played was Imagine Me by Kirk Franklin. This whole song is just a beautiful rendition of what it means to have faith in yourself and the higher power that put your on the path called life. But the first verse says it all: “Imagine me, Loving what I see when the mirror looks at me ’cause I, I imagine me. In a place of no insecurities, And I’m finally happy ’cause
I imagine me.” Look yourself in the mirror and see what those who love and believe in you see. You are amazingly made and your dreams are yours and cannot be devalued by anyone. Take back the power and get motivated.

It doesn’t matter what type of music you listen to, there are always ways to get motivated through music. The final song I listened to during my commute to work was Ching-a-ling by Missy Elliott. Now some of you are probably thinking: how can this really relate to following your dreams? Well I will tell you. The lyrics are: “The party is ending at 2 a.m. So whatever you must do, Do it now!” For me, this means that time waits for no one and the time to pursue your dreams are now.

Then the song says: “Ching-ching, gettin’ paid over here. Ching-ching, gettin’ paid over here.” Success isn’t always measured in dollar bills. You can be paid in many ways based on how you define your success.

Finally, she says, “Thirsty, baby bring it over here. Thirsty, baby bring it over here.” Unfulfilled dreams should make you thirsty and when you reach small victories, your thirst should hopefully be quenched at each step.

My point is, music has the ability to lighten any load and push anyone towards stronger self-images. If you don’t hear it in the melody, look for it in the lyrics.

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