Music to My Ears

This week I want to share a few songs that I listen to that help my keep my head on straight and my feet moving. Music is such a powerful thing and it can inspire and uplift us in so many ways. Without further ado, here are 4 songs that keep my leadership mindset in high gear.


  1. Beautiful Day by U2.  I’m not always a fan of the alarm clock going off. So I set my alarm to this song. It reminds me that as much as I may not want to leave the warm comfort of my bed, it’s going to be a beautiful day if I just choose to make it one. The place my alarm starts off is actually the beginning of the song, not the chorus. The song starts with the line, “The heart is a bloom, shoots up through the stony ground.” This reminds me that this is day to grow myself, regardless of how stony the ground may be.


2. Brave by Sara Bareilles. I am a person who tends to see my weaknesses more readily than my strengths. I see areas I need to grow before I see areas in which I have attained excellence (not that there isn’t room to grow there too. And there I did it again). I am working on feeding myself positive messages and building myself in truth. This is a great song that’s upbeat and reminds me to be brave and throw myself out there. It’s my choice to be ruled by fear or to step up and step out.


3. Get Better by Frank Turner. Just a high energy song that blasts away negativity and reminds me that “we can get better, because we’re not dead yet.” The song is a great push to get over the past and build a bigger and better future. My favorite line is, “They gave me a whirlwind, and I spat back the sea. I took a battering but I’ve got thicker skin and the best people I know are looking out for me.”  We can’t do it alone, but it will get better.


4. And for the times when there’s nothing to do but keep on keeping on, I’ve got Tubthumping by Chumbawamba. No clue what the song is about except that it shouts over and over “I get knocked down, but I get up again, you’re never gonna keep me down.” After all, in the end it’s not about how many times you fall or get knocked down. All that matters is how many times you get back up and try again.


Do you have any songs that you listen to to keep you energized and upbeat?  I’m always looking for more great music. Please share in the comments!

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