19/12/2017 09:36 GMT | Updated 12/01/2018 10:46 GMT

Music For Maximum Motivation

Get in the zone

When you’re travelling for a big work presentation, you need the right music to help you focus and nothing pumps you up more than having the perfect soundtrack. Music that gets you ready for the kill, fires up your energy level and sends you off like a firework. But because you can’t play Eye of the Tiger and We are the Champions on loop, we’ve picked out a few others that do the job.

For many, motivation means loading up the MP3 player with in-your-face anthems, but that doesn’t work for everyone. As the DJ Trevor Nelson revealed to HuffPost: ‘I don’t think listening to hyped-up, pumped-up tracks before a meeting is necessarily a good idea. You need clarity. For most situations where you might feel nervous or in need of a boost, have a feel-good playlist at the ready.’

Some go for calming music to makes them feel zen inside, while others draw strength from songs that overcome obstacles, rid anxieties and tackle their haters face on.

Whatever your music taste, mood or mission, when preparing to play your A-game in front of a tough crowd, these songs are guaranteed to get you in the groove.

Get Ready

Mood: You’re feeling anxious, trying to push away past criticisms. Are you sure you’re ready?

Music: Ready To Start by Arcade Fire

Motivation: ‘I would rather be wrong, Than live in the shadows of your song.’

Mantra: ‘Now I’m ready to start. My mind is wide open.’


Believe In Yourself

Mood: Being yourself is good enough and no one is going to make you think otherwise.

Music: I Am The One And Only by Chesney Hawkes

Motivation: ‘I am the one and only. Nobody I’d rather be. I am the one and only. You can’t take that away from me.’

Mantra: ‘No one can be myself like I can. For this job I’m the best man.’


Exceed Expectations

Mood: You need to do better than you did last time. Get everyone’s spirit up to believe you all can.

Music: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger by Daft Punk

Motivation: ’Work it harder! Make it better! Do it faster! Makes us stronger!

Mantra: ‘More than ever, hour after hour, work is never over.’


You’ve Got This

Mood: Whatever it takes. If underhand tactics need to be employed, so be it.

Music: One Way Or Another by Blondie

Motivation: ‘I’ll walk down the mall, stand over by the wall, where I can see it all.’

Mantra: ‘One way or another I’m gonna win ya.’


It’ll Be Fine

Mood: Relax, enjoy yourself – this may be work, but you’re good at it. Everyone is going to love you!

Music: Walking On Sunshine by Katrina and The Waves

Motivation: ‘I feel alive, I feel the love. I feel the love that’s really real. I’m on sunshine, baby. Oh, yeah, I’m on sunshine, baby.’

Mantra: ‘Hey, all right now. And don’t it feel good?’


Failure Is Not An Option

Mood: You’re not up to it. Fear of failure is at critical level, all but ready to pack it in.

Music: Beat It by Michael Jackson

Motivation: ‘You have to show them that you’re really not scared. You’re playing with your life, this ain’t no truth or dare.’

Mantra: ‘No one wants to be defeated.’


Ignore Negativity

Mood: When one-upmanship is on the cards, the suspicion that a work nemesis is waiting to trip you up.

Music: Shake It Off by Taylor Swift

Motivation: ‘And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate, I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake. I shake it off.’

Mantra: ‘I never miss a beat. I’m lightning on my feet.’


What Will Be Will Be

Mood: Philosophical. You’ve done as much preparation as you can. Now go with the flow.

Music: Let It Be by Beatles

Motivation: ‘When the night is cloudy, there is still a light that shines on me. Shine until tomorrow...’

Mantra: ‘There will be an answer, let it be.’


Nothing Will Break You

Mood: Whatever happens, you’ll come out of this stronger.

Music: Survivor by Destiny’s Child

Motivation: ‘I’m a survivor. I’m not gonna give up. I’m not gonna stop. I’m gonna work harder.’

Mantra: ‘If I surround my self with positive things, I’ll gain prosperity.’