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Back by Popular Demand: Playlist – 24 Additional Songs!

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Please note: this post was originally published on April 27, 2014. To update it, I’ve added more songs as well as links to all of the songs listed. Enjoy!

 

Do you have a playlist, one that’s specifically geared to fueling your enthusiasm for your goals and dreams? If not, it can be just what you need to help you keep taking steps on your path.

Here are 24 NEW suggestions (scroll down for the 24 songs in the original post):

 

“Tubthumping” (I Get Knocked Down) by Chumbawumba

“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” as sung by Diana Ross and the Supremes

“My Way” sung by Frank Sinatra

“Before the Parade Passes By” sung by Barbra Streisand in Hello Dolly!

“Oh, Happy Day!” from Sister Act II

“When You Wish Upon a Star” as sung by Jiminy Cricket

“Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” from Mary Poppins

“The Wonderful Thing about Tiggers” from Winnie the Pooh

“I’ve Got the World on a String” as sung by Frank Sinatra

“Get Happy” as sung by Judy Garland

“Happy Days are Here Again” sung by Annette Hanshaw

“The Trolley Song” sung by Judy Garland in Meet Me in St. Louis

“I’m a Believer” by The Monkeys (the original song)

“I’m a Believer” from Shrek (remake) sung Smash Mouth

“It’s a Beautiful Day” sung by India Arie

“I’m on My Way” sung by Phil Collins from Brother Bear

“Don’t Worry, Be Happy” as sung by Bobby McFerrin

“Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles

“Oh, What a Feeling” as sung by Irene Cara in Flashdance

“Simply the Best” sung by Tina Turner

“We are the Champions” by Queen

“Can’t Stop The Feeling” as sung by Justin Timberlake

“I’m Still Standing” as sung by Elton John

“Happy” sung by Pharrell Williams

 

Here are 24 suggestions from the original post:

 

“Good Morning” featured in Singin’ in the Rain

“It’s a Great Day” as sung by Peggy Lee

“Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” featured in Disney’s Song of the South

“What a Wonderful World” as sung by Louis Armstrong

“Climb Every Mountain” featured in Sound of Music

“Roar” as sung by Katy Perry

“R-E-S-P-E-C-T” as sung by Aretha Franklin

“I Can See Clearly Now” as sung by Johnny Nash

“Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor and featured in Rocky

“Jump” as sung by Van Halen

“Walking on Sunshine” as sung by Katrina and the Waves

“Celebration” as sung by Kool and the Gang

“Don’t Stop Me Now” as sung by Queen

“I Believe I Can Fly” as sung by R Kelly

“Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” as sung by Starship

“Magic” as sung by MoZella

“Do You Believe in Magic?” by the Lovin’ Spoonfuls

“Life is What You Make It” as sung by Hanna Montana

“Don’t Rain on My Parade” as sung by Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl

“So Long Dearie” as sung by Barbra Streisand in Hello, Dolly!

“New York, New York” as sung by Frank Sinatra

“Dream” as sung by Ella Fitzgerald

“Smile” as sung by Nat King Cole

“On the Sunny Side of the Street” as sung by Judy Garland

 

Feel free to add others that are your favorites. Sometimes as I sing and dance along with these songs, I tweak the lyrics to make them more powerfully specific to me. Feel free to do the same!

Your homework today is to make a playlist for yourself, one that’s filled with songs that motivate you toward your goals and dreams. If you already have one, then update it (Please remember to respect the hard work of the artists and download songs from reputable services). Have fun with this!

Play these songs first thing in the morning to get yourself charged up for a great day and to catapult you into taking the next step toward your dreams. Also, play the list throughout the day to keep you going.

You can do it!

Post in the comments section the songs that are your favorites for feeling good and motivating yourself.

I’m so proud of you—rock on!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

 

Morning Routines at Work

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This week we’ve talked about morning routines and adding “fun stuff” not only to lighten up the mood of doing them but also to give ourselves satisfaction and joy.

Just for us.

Just because.

What about when you arrive at work, though? Do you use the energy and the self confidence gained from your morning routine at home to slingshot you into a productive and effective day at work?  Do you let your co-workers’ drama or the latest panicked directive from your boss derail and dissipate all you gained?

Experts state–and researchers have confirmed–that the first few hours are the most productive. Successful people have proven this time and time again.  It’s routine for them to get into the office by 6 or 7 in the morning and they tackle the worst and toughest problems first.  They’re at their freshest and there are few distractions and interruptions so they can put the full force of their mind and talents to the tasks.

If you aren’t already “hitting the ground running” when you arrive at work, what can you do to alter your routine so that you are productive right off the bat? Perhaps you need to park in a different part of the lot so that you don’t walk in with Moaning Martin.  Perhaps you can bring in your own coffee so that you don’t stand at the company coffee pot and listen to Cranky Cathy and Downer Doug.

Give your morning routine at work some thought. Take time to work out a routine for yourself.  Don’t worry or become discouraged if you have to tweak things.  Accept it as a normal and natural process of honing the routine until you get something that works for you.

You can do it!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Morning Routines: What If…?

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Last week we talked about James Allen’s recommendation that we get up when our alarm clock first rings. He claimed that this simple act strengthens our will, leading to self-mastery, which is the cornerstone of a successful and fulfilling life.

This got me to thinking a little deeper about morning routines. We all have one, whether it’s something regimented or if it’s a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants, we all have certain things we do in the morning to get us up and going and out the door, reasonably on time.

When we think of the phrase “morning routine” it conjures up serious activities such as meditating and exercising. These are great activities and they certainly are worthy of being included in our morning routine, but what if we also included some “fun stuff”?

How would it make us feel to give ourselves enough time to sit quietly outside with our morning coffee or tea and watch the sunrise? What kind of a boost would it give our spirits?

How about scheduling in time for us to do something that’s totally indulgent and even frivolous for ourselves: practicing magic tricks, learning how to juggle, playing the kazoo, learning how to do handstands, or my favorite activity of practicing our bubble blowing technique?

Do you think this would put a spring in our steps and get us off to a happy start in our day?

I think so! I also think it’s worth a shot!

Let me know what totally indulgent and frivolous things you like to do. No worries if you can’t think of anything. Tomorrow we’ll talk about a few things you can do.

Enjoy!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

When Your Alarm Clock Rings: Thoughts to Think from James Allen

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There is a sense in which every day may be regarded as the beginning of a new life in which one can think, act, and live newly, and in a wiser and better spirit. ~James Allen

 

I came across a reading of a James Allen work entitled Morning and Evening Thoughts. As the title indicates, some of these thoughts are intended for the morning and the others are meant to be read at night just before sleep. Even so, they are all profound and, in my opinion, are good to listen to regardless of the time of day. In fact, if you can manage it, this recording could be helpful to have running as you go about the tasks of your day.

Just a note:  James Allen had a deep faith.  In some of these thoughts, he talks about Jesus and other Christian ideas.  Please don’t let that hinder you!   Feel free to substitute other holy or wise people such as Buddha, Mahatma Gandhi, or the Dalai Lama,.  Feel free also to use descriptors that fit with your philosophy or faith such as instead of God, use The Universe, The Divine Intelligence, or The Great Spirit.

Have a listen and let me know what you think:

 

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Get Up When Your Alarm first Rings: Inspiring Quotes from the Ancients

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We’ve been talking about getting up right away when your alarm rings and getting up early. Sometimes we think we’ve discovered something new, only to do a little research and find that the ancient sages figured it out millennia ago.

Here’s what the ancients thought about rising early:

 

First thing every morning before you arise say out loud, ‘I believe,’ three times .Ovid

 

It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom. -Aristotle

 

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love. Marcus Aurelius

 

The sun is new each day. -Heraclitus

 

When you wake up in the morning, tell yourself: The people I deal with today will be meddling, ungrateful, arrogant, dishonest, jealous, and surly. They are like this because they can’t tell good from evil. But I have seen the beauty of good, and the ugliness of evil, and have recognized that the wrongdoer has a nature related to my own — not of the same blood or birth, but of the same mind, and possessing a share of the divine. And so none of them can hurt me. No one can implicate me in ugliness. Nor can I feel angry at my relative, or hate him. We were born to work together like feet, hands, and eyes, like the two rows of teeth, upper and lower. To obstruct each other is unnatural. To feel anger at someone, to turn your back on him: these are obstructions. Marcus Aurelius

 

Hope you enjoyed these!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

 

What to Do After Your Alarm Clock Rings

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Yesterday we talked about James Allen’s explanation of why we should get up when our alarm clock first rings. He recommends rising early, even if you don’t have to. We mentioned a few things to do in the morning such as taking the time to contemplate sacred or inspirational writings, gentle exercise, or broadening our understanding of–and expertise in–the industry in which we are employed.

Just today I began reading the book Your Creative Mind: How to Disrupt Your Thinking, Abandon Your Comfort Zone, and Develop Bold New Strategies by Scott Cochrane. In this book he’s talking about creativity and how to develop it. The section of the book that stood out to me was “Chapter 3: Creative Power and the Power of Creation”. He lists several things a person can do to stimulate his/her inborn creativity. When I read the list, I realized many of the things he suggests are activities we can do in the morning during the time that James Allen suggests we take for ourselves.

These are the suggestions offered in the book by Scott Cochrane:

~Purge Negative Thoughts

This can easily and effectively be done while smiling at ourselves in the mirror as we brush our teeth, comb our hair, and tend to other personal grooming tasks. We can also do this as we shower and bathe for the day linking the activity with the imagining that we’re washing away unproductive, unhelpful thoughts and attitudes.

~Step into Bright Sunlight

This stimulates the production of seratonin and dopamine which, according to Scott Cochrane, are essential to fostering creativity. This can be incorporated into the morning walk or while doing Tai Chi or Yoga outside in the morning.

~Take Time for Music

Getting back to the instrument we played as a child or learning how to play an instrument for the first time are great workouts for our mind. It spurs creativity because our brains are working in ways they haven’t before. Doing this first thing in the morning can give us a reason to get out of bed right away as well as give us a sense of accomplishment first thing in the morning. This can then insulate us from the frustrations of the day.

These are just three of the several suggestions Scott Cochrane has made in the book so far. I thought these would be easy to incorporate into a morning routine. I haven’t finished reading the book yet and I expect there will be other points the author makes that I’ll want to share with you–stay tuned!

What activities will you add to your morning routine? Are they brand new or are they ones you’ve enjoyed in the past and are now bringing back into your life? Feel free to share in the comments below. Thanks!

Enjoy!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Earth’s Sounds, Nature’s Prozac

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The best remedy for those who are afraid,
lonely or unhappy is to go outside,
somewhere where they can be quiet,
alone with the heavens, nature and God.
Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be
and that God wishes to see people happy,
amidst the simple beauty of nature.
I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.
-Anne Frank

 

I love this quote by Anne Frank. I posted it yesterday but I just had to post it again today, all by itself, so you could read it and savor it.

I hope you can get outside or open your window and enjoy the sounds of Nature. Tonight perhaps you can open your window and let the night sounds lull you to sleep.

Enjoy!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren