I’m obsessed with music. I listen to it when I’m writing on this blog, when I’m strength training, when I’m running, and when I’m washing the dishes. Every day, I have to force myself to silence the noise so I can hear the sweet nothings. It’s hard to do because I love music. It’s my addiction.
The danger with listening to music all day or worse, too much of the same kind is that the message of the music sneaks into your subconscious. For example, if you listen to DMX all day, don’t be surprised when you have road rage or start barking at your co-workers. On the other end, if you listen to Adele 24-7, don’t wonder why you’re stalking your ex on facebook or crying every time you see a loving couple – or a cute puppy. What you listen to is powerful.
I’m not telling you to boycott the aforementioned. I’m telling you what you hear affects how you feel, how you act, and how you perceive. Check your playlist. Is it upbeat? Is it sad? Is it angry? Granted, you might want an angry playlist for a tough workout sessions or vigorous bathtub scrubbing. Otherwise, I want you listening to stuff that makes you better.
Here are a few songs, artists, and podcasts that put me in a good place.
1. Miracles by Mambo Sauce. Genre: go-go [My ultimate motivational song.]
2. Sunrise by Yeasayer. Genre: pop/rock
3. Something by Musiq Soulchild Genre: soul
4. Awesome God by Fred Hammond Genre: gospel
5. Closer (remix) by Neyo. Genre: r&b/dance
6. Rich Roll podcast. Focus: vegan nutrition & fitness
7. Paleo Solution podcast with Rob Wolff. Focus: paleo diet & fitness
I could go on and on.
Day 3 of the 21 Day Fitness Jump Off
1. Listen to and share good music. I want you to create a new playlist, with songs that make you smile, nod your head, or drum the steering wheel. Maybe it’s funky, soul music, think James Brown. Maybe it’s slow, meditative tracks, think Buddha Bar. Maybe it’s full of songs that bring back good memories. Respond to this post when the task is complete. In your reply, I’d also like you to respond to the following question:
What songs, ebooks, podcasts put you in a better mindset?
(If everyone contributes, imagine how much good music we’ll discover.)