We have all made New year’s resolutions that vanish before the new moon. This blog isn’t about making resolutions, it is about changing your life. Do you want to lose weight, eat better, give up smoking or get ready for a 5K? Maybe you want to be nicer, or more patient with your kids. Maybe you have promised yourself that this is the year you will finally declutter (Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chic calls is “decrapifying!!!”) and get organized. Whatever it is, you can do it. In order to achieve your goals, you need to keep your vision close to you so that you can keep your eyes on the prize.
Do you have a signature song? It isn’t just music you like, but music that speaks to you and makes you think. It reminds you of your goals or dreams. I was reminded of this concept this morning while watching the Rose Bowl parade. The Oregon marching band played the song Walking on Sunshine, a popular song by Katrina and the Waves in the 1980’s. The song is the epitome of optimism. Really, how could you lose when being fueled by such an upbeat song? Don’t it feel good- yeah! No wonder Oregon handily beat Florida State. If you want to feel better- take a listen.
Last summer I had a lot of changes in my life. I was leaving my job, selling my house, moving and starting over in Madison. The two arguable hottest songs of the summer kept playing, and I felt they were personal anthems for me. Let it Go, by Idina Menzel is an anthem to owning your power- something I needed to hear as I left one job for the unknown of starting my own business. The other was Happy by Pharrell Williams. I was feeling happy and the song reminded me of it regularly. I believe happiness is a choice, and I was regularly clapping along with Pharrell.
Just in time for the new year, my cousin Cindy sent a link to a song I hadn’t heard before. One listen and it is my signature song for 2015. The Song is I Lived by One Republic. They also sang Good Life a couple of years ago, another good anthem song.
A signature song helps remind us of who or what we want to be. It is a pleasurable and easy way to keep motivated three minutes at a time. Do you have a signature song? Does it change from year to year? What have been your signature songs through the years? I’d love to hear about it.