2016 is the Year of “Happy” at Lexicon. We’ve taken on the challenge of helping you find more of your own, bringing you holistic tips and techniques to help you find not only professional success but personal fulfillment. At the beginning of this month we launched a challenge to get that going.
Day twenty-nine of the 30 Day Life Challenge…
The quote that got this all started is “People don’t go out and live, but they expect life results.” We want you to start getting the results you want. For the last five days of the month, we thought it fitting to concentrate on the five senses that help us get everything.
Sounds for Success
Yes, we know. Success and happiness are not necessarily the same thing. Having said that, we contend that just maybe success is a factor in experiencing happiness. Success is not just attaining professional goals, it’s also meeting those personal benchmarks that give us a sense of fulfillment. Many times those two areas of our lives intersect where our personal achievements catapult our professional abilities, or vice versa.
When I was a child, my mother found this cassette tape (yes, I know I’m dating myself) called “Subliminal Messaging: Success for Children.” It was classical music with what I assumed were underlying subliminal messages like “You can do it” and “Today is your day” underneath the music. At the time I didn’t know how to test my theory and I’ve since lost the tape (a bummer), but I believe that music helped me. Not only was a calmer and more focused after going to be to the sounds of the tape, but I was happier, more self-assured. It could have been the music itself, as classical music is known to have that kind of effect, or the underlying messaging, or if it was simply a placebo effect–maybe I simply believed I felt different so I did. I don’t know. All I know is it worked.
Music is only one of the sounds linked with success. Nature sounds soothe and inspire us. Maybe even the sounds of the urban jungle may motivate and energize some of us. What sounds move you?
Today’s prompt is easy. In finding your happy, practice listening. Modern technology makes this super easy these days. Browse the internet or the great outsides for sounds that make you feel plugged in to life, in to purpose, and to happy. Then find a way to take those sounds with you. Download the song (legally, please) or record the street sounds or sounds of nature. Then listen as long and as much as you need to.
What’s your motivational sound? Share it with us!
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