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Situations for a Motivational Playlist

Saturday, February 27, 2016
Motivation is a word with a good amount of meaning. We use it to describe a need as well as a state of being. One could even say it is a spectrum of sorts. At times we can feel ultra-motivated to accomplish all the things. Other times we need a little nudge to get through our to do list. And sometimes we are the ones doing the motivating. We may need to be spurred on in the moment or sustained through to the end. For all these reasons, a playlist of motivational songs should include songs that are dance worthy as well as some sing along faves to help get the good vibes flowing no matter your need. We all need a jump start every now and then.

When you want to celebrate a win
This playlist was created originally for a good day dance party. The year 2016 had come and I had been writing for an entire year. That was a huge accomplishment for me. I wanted to celebrate! And I wanted to keep the momentum. A solid punch dance can have a lasting impact. Trust me, I know from experience. (Two and a half years and counting!)

When you actually need to get started
Even when we are excited about something, taking the first step can be tough. Human nature is to assume we aren't capable or good enough to accomplish our goals. I've never heard it better described than as the "Natural Man," meaning left to our own limited understanding of our abilities, we are afraid to try. I like to think we have more support out there in the universe that is rooting for us. A good song can help us to feel those thumbs up and we can get a move on.

When you have to finish strong
Let's say you're working, but you are starting to run out of steam. You can't quit now! Take a break long enough to replenish your drink of choice, grab a snack, and start your motivational playlist. After you've revived yourself, press on, full steam ahead.

When you or someone you love could use a bit of optimism
Keep moving forward. We see it, we hear it, we know it's the right thing to do. But the future can be cloudy and the present can feel like moving through a pool full of honey. As a musician I can honestly say that writers work hard to share words of hope and positivity through song. The message is important. I like to imagine that others are singing directly to me and that people who hear my music feel the same about my words. Use your playlist when you need to hear those messages of you are valuable, you are important, and you have much to give.

As you can see, my list includes mostly rock jams that I can tap my toes to and keep the energy up. You can bookmark my playlist on Spotify using this link. Good luck with whatever you're needing to accomplish today. Keep working and you'll have everything worth getting!

Updated 10.10.2017
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