What music boosts your EQ?
In the EQ-i model, Self-Actualization is the ability to set and strive toward meaningful goals. Self-Actualization shows up as ambition, focus, determination and a drive toward self-improvement and achievement. So what songs trigger your Self-Actualization?
OKA’s Self-Actualization Playlist has to include the following songs. Click the album graphic or song title to hear the song.
Lose Yourself, Eminem
While this song was wildly popular and eventually dripped awards—Grammies and even an Oscar, its inspiration is its gritty and desperate delivery. The song is sung by a man against the wall with only one long-shot between him and a life of failure and defeat. Only courage, drive and determination will save the day. This is a great Self-Actualization message.
Hall of Fame, The Script and will.i.am
Adversity and challenge will follow you everywhere, but only those who stick with it and keep driving forward—whether teachers, politicians, astronauts or simply truth seekers—will end up in the Hall of Fame. “Be a champion. Be a champion,” the song chants. This is a wonderful striving song.
Defying Gravity, Chris Colfer and Lea Michele
Originally from the Stephen Schwartz’s wonderful play Wicked, my favorite version of this song is from the first season of the TV show Glee. This is a beautiful song about finding your power, moving on and leaving behind beliefs and relationships that no longer benefit you. Don’t let other people bring you down–defy gravity.
Gonna Fly Now, Bill Conti
Before the movie Rocky spun out all those sequels, it won the Academy Award for Best Picture of 1976 and gave us a score that is still synonymous with an underdog’s striving, straining and pushing to the limit. The main theme, “Gonna Fly Now,” always makes me want to run or try to lift something heavy.
One Moment in Time, Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston—at the peak of her vocal prowess—was tapped to sing the anthem for the 1988 Summer Olympics. This song drives us to seize the day, push yourself, drive through the pain and win.
Support your EQ with music. What is on your Self-Actualization playlist?
Interested in OKA’s other playlists?
- OKA’s Playlist–Self-Regard
- OKA’s Playlist–Assertiveness
- OKA’s Playlist–Independence
- OKA’s Playlist–Interpersonal Relationships
- OKA’s Playlist–Social Responsibility
- OKA’s Playlist–Optimism
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