I recently wrote about strategies to use when you’re feeling like giving up over at Pick the Brain and someone asked me more about one of the strategies I employ which is making a happy playlist so I thought I would expand on this idea here. Making a playlist is actually one of the key things I advise people to do when beginning their dreams!
Music is such a powerful tool and should really be utilised more when it comes to being focussed on your dreams. I feel like it was a huge help to me when I was striving to reach our travel goals, reminding me of what was to come, making me excited and smile and just re-energising me.
Like it or not, dreams take time. If you’re a person who is easily distracted and who wants things quickly, a bit like me, then you need to have some strategies to keep you motivated when times get tough and you’ve had enough. This is where inspirational playlists comes into their own!
How to make inspirational playlists
I’m an Apple fan and so I make my playlists on iTunes, although I’m sure there are many ways to make them depending on how you store your music. Or you could go all old fashioned and make a mix tape or cd to play in your car!
First of all, there’s no right or wrong songs to have on your list. Don’t let anyone tell you what to put on!
Think about songs that make you smile, you’re absolute favourite feel good songs. Put them on.
Do you know any songs have lyrics in them that are special to you, that speak to your heart about what it is that you want to do? Maybe they’re really talking about not giving up on love, but you always think about not giving up on your dream, that kind of thing.
Finally think about songs that are contemporary, songs that have been released at the time when you’re feeling excited to be following your dream. If you like them then put them on too! These ones are great to have on as they tend to be played lots in stores and on the radio so it can remind you of your goal in unexpected locations. Then in the future you’ll listen to them and remember the time of year as the time you made a start.
What’s on my playlist?
Like I said, there is no right or wrong songs, but here’s a little taste of my playlist and what I listen to when I am feeling the need to be motivated. My dream is travel (still is!) and so lots of my songs had a Scottish feel to them since that was where we were heading.
1. Alba – Runrig
2. Just Say Yes – Snow Patrol
3. Keep Holding On – Avril Lavigne
4. Long Way Round – Stereophonics
5. Sail Away – David Gray
6. You and Me song – Wannadies
7. Better Than This – Keane
8. California Dreamin’ – Mamas and Papas
9. Dolce Vita – Ryan Paris
10. Govinda – Kula Shaker
Oh, go on, have a nosy!
The playlist is designed to be listened to, so make a point of setting some time aside each day and put it on. It’s important that you don’t just listen to it when you’re struggling, but listen when you’re feeling happy and confident too. You need to remember the times when you feel invincible!
I’d love to hear about your favourite songs, which ones spur you on the most and which ones remind you what you’re aiming for. Please comment if you’d like to share! I am always looking to add more songs to my list too.