What is the number one indicator of success in life? Intelligence? No. Your SAT scores? No. Family wealth? Certainly not.
The primary indicator of your ability to achieve “success” is your ability to exert “self-control.”
In fact, regardless of how you define "success," self-control is highly important.
When compared with other techniques to get motivated, listening to music is by far the simplest way. As a rule of thumb, you shouldn’t opt for ballads, chill-out, or lounge music. Instead, choose songs that you find motivating and inspiring, songs that immediately energize your whole body, and make you smile from ear to ear.
Some suggestions include:
- Jorge Quintero’s “300 Violin Orchestra”
- Steve Jablonsky’s “Arrival to Earth” (Transformers Soundtrack)
- Daft Punk’s “The Game has Changed” (Tron: Legacy Soundtrack)
- Hans Zimmer‘s “Time” (Inception Soundtrack)
- Paul Engemann’s “Push it to the Limit”
- Nas ft. P. Diddy’s “Hate Me Now” (instrumental)
- Queen’s “We Will Rock You”
- Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight”
- AC DC’s “Thunderstruck”
- Blur’s “Song 2”
- Chariots of Fire theme song
- Out of Africa theme song
- Dances with Wolves theme song
- By keeping track of your activities, did you feel you were “more” or “less” productive over the past seven days, in comparison to the previous weeks?
- What events, or distractions, provided a “procrastination event” for you?
- What can you do going forward to remove distractions and remain more focused on your objectives?
Dr. Ron A. Rhoades is an Asst. Professor of Finance at Western Kentucky University's Gordon Ford College of Business, where he chairs the (B.S. Finance) Financial Planning Program. An innovative, passionate teacher, he is the author of Choose to Succeed in College and in Life: Continously Improve, Persevere, and Enjoy the Journey (2014), from which many of these blog posts are derived.
Dr. Rhoades also serves as a consultant to the Garrett Planning Network, a nationwide network of independent, Fee-Only financial planners making competent, objective financial advice accessible to all people. He is the author of several books, dozens of articles, and he is a frequent speaker at financial planning and investments conferences. He is the recipient of many awards for his advocacy on behalf of the fiduciary standard. Dr. Rhoades is also a member of The Florida Bar, and he practices estate planning and transfer taxation for select current clients.
Dr. Rhoades and his wife, Cathy, reside in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
To contact Dr. Rhoades, please e-mail: WKUBear@gmail.com.