What tunes boost Confidence?
Here's a snippet from the research findings:
"Participants who listened to the heavy base music reported greater feelings of power, than those who listened to light-bass music." Here's a more detailed blog all about the findings from Dennis Hsu's research if you're interested.
Interestingly, in additional research people who listened to power-based tunes like Queen's We Will Rock You were more inclined to step forward and speak their mind.
The mind science?
You already know that music has a powerful ability to boost your mood, I'm sure you've cranked up the tunes whilst driving on a sunny day and felt an instant smile. But what exactly is going on in your head?
Well it's all to do with something the NLP world calls 'anchors'. Our minds naturally creates links between our senses and our feelings, these are called anchors, e.g. You can smell bread and be reminded of your mum's cooking or give someone a hug and feel soothed. Maybe you've seen people doing yoga pressing their fingers together to enhance their feelings of calm. They are all 'anchors'. Think about the anchors your mind has created, you'll have lots of them.
Music is a very powerful anchor. Listening to music can be connected to feelings of joy, sadness, excitement, anger etc depending on the tune and what connections you personally have with it.
There's also another part to this. Our minds work on patterns. Imagine it as an A, B C link. You do A and your mind already knows that B and C follows thought learnt patterns you've honed over time. You don't have to think about all the steps, you just start the action and the rest flows. You see this every day of your life as you unconsciously perform lots of tasks like walking, driving, eating etc. You don't think of every step, you just do the first bit and then your mind knows what to do.
So listening to sad music before an interview, sets up the links associated with sadness and runs that pattern. Obviously the opposite will also be true.
My 10 Confidence Boosting Tunes
Listen to these tunes before any situation where you feel less confident. For your ease of access I've set them up as a Spotify playlist, click here to listen. These hand picked tunes fall into two categories, those picked for the Confidence Boosting Base and those picked for the Powerful Lyrics........Here's my list:
For the base:
- Avicii - Fade into Darkness
- Survivor - Eye of the Tiger
- 2 Unlimited - Get Ready
- Eminem - Lose Yourself
- Black Eyed Peas - Boom Boom Pow
- Queen - We Will Rock You
For the lyrics:
- Christina Aguillera - Beautiful
- Pink - Perfect
- 1D - What Makes you Beautiful
- Katy Perry - Firework.
There are even a few more on the Spotify Playlist ;)
So.........Prepare yourself to feel great and your head will follow, resulting in you feeling more confident and powerful in any situation.
Feel like I've missed some amazing Confidence Boosting tunes?? Good, cause I'm pretty sure there's loads more and I'd like to grow this playlist into a fantastic resource so please feel free to share the tunes which make you feel Confident in the comments box below.
Right I'm off to listen to Avicii - Fade into Darkness and smash my day's Do list.