Finding Your Motivation in Music


For as long as I can remember music has been an important, powerful part of my life. Mom’s angelic voice graced the choir every Sunday and Dad sang and played piano and guitar. My brother, sister and I took piano classes starting at age five and participated in the band and the choir. Roughly 10 years ago I began singing and performing music in my speaking engagements. Getting together with friends for a little “pickin and grinnin” is one of my favorite things in life.

“The power of music to integrate and cure…is the profoundest nonchemical medication.” – Oliver Sacks

I’ve picked out some of my favorite lyrics from some of my favorite songs. For me, they are motivating even without the music.


“Music has charms to soothe a savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.” – William Congreve

I’ve got friends in all the right places. – Manchester Orchestra

Don’t ever say you’re on your way down when God gave you style and gave you grace. – Cold Play

I will survive. – Gloria Gaynor

Everything will be just fine, everything will be alright. – Jimmy Eat World

Don’t let yourself go. Take comfort in your friends. – R.E.M.

See me, feel me, touch me, heal me. – The Who

Just because I’m losing doesn’t mean I’m lost. – Cold Play


“Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. Music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks, and invents.” – Ludwig van Beethoven

Sometimes to keep it together you’ve got to leave it alone. – The Eagles

Be careful of something that’s just what you want it to be. – Waylon Jennings

Right now, tell me what are you waiting for. Turn this thing around. – Van Halen

Hold on loosely, but don’t let go. If you cling too tightly you’re gonna lose control. – REO Speedwagon

Let love rule. – Lenny Kravitz

Let it be. – The Beatles

All you need is love. – The Beatles

Just breathe. – Faith Hill

I got knocked down but I get up again. You’re never gonna keep me down. – Chubawamba

Be a simple man. – Lynyrd Skynyrd


“Make a joyful noise unto the Lord” -Psalm 100:1

It’s a beautiful day. – U2

What a wonderful world. – Louie Armstrong

I got a feeling that tonight’s gonna be a good night. – Black Eyed Peas

I learned more from failure than I learned from success. – Barry Manilow

I’m so excited and I just can’t hide it. – The Pointer Sisters

If you had one shot, or one opportunity to seize all you ever wanted, on moment, would you capture it, or just let it slip? – Eminem

I’m One Tough Mudder. – Doug Grady

You’ve got to change the world and use this chance to be heard. Your time is now. – Muse

“Music in the soul can be heard in the universe.” – Lao Tzu

Did you ever make a mixed tape as a kid? Do you remember how some of the songs got on there? If your life were a movie, what would be on the soundtrack? The power of music as close as your computer or mp3 player. Consider setting up a playlist titled “Motivational Music.” Consciously choose songs that inspire you and move you to your core.


About Author

Doug Grady

Doug Grady has been studying and teaching the pathways to personal potential for over 20 years. Exciting, entertaining and enlightening are words invariably used to describe his unique seminars and workshops. Doug is an entrepreneur, musician, and author of "The Ripple Effect" . He is President of High Achievers, and is owner or co-owner of three additional companies. His companies, writings, trainings, and music are designed with one purpose: to help people reach their God-given potential.

Leave A Reply