Sound through voice has been used as a tool of motivation for centuries.
In the Maori culture, a specific Haka called the peruperu haka is performed as a ceremonial war cry or chant. Its purpose is to motivate the tribe members to have courage and strength for an upcoming challenge. Words are rhythmically shouted accompanied by aggressive facial expressions, vigorous movements, and stamping of the feet. Anyone who has witnessed a haka being performed can attest that the energy created through these sounds is very moving. On the opposite side of the globe, an intense game of football is taking place in a large stadium under the bright white lights. The game clock winds down until the buzzer goes off, indicating that the first half of the game is complete. The score is tied 14 to 14 and most of the players are tired and worn out from the physical exertion. As each team slowly jogs into their separate locker rooms, both coaches understand how important the next few minutes are. They take the opportunity to go over what has worked and what has not worked, while incorporating the sounds of motivation. A pep talk is how this particular speech is described. Each of the coaches pour out their heart as they describe their faith in what each player is capable of and how they know they can come together as a team to accomplish winning the game. These sounds and words activate the players energy and give them the motivation needed to continue playing at their peak performance, gearing up to kick off the last half of the game with more energy and enthusiasm than what they came into it with. It’s a contagious energy, one that ends with the whole team cheering and shouting together.
These specific situations showcase an authentic form of utilizing motivation. It seems only the natural thing to do given the circumstances. However, there is a way to intentionally call on the power of motivation any time you need.
There are 5 distinct sounds which speak a universal message. No matter where you come from, these sounds all have the same meaning. These sounds can be best described as the earth, fire, water, metal, and air sounds. We give voice to these sounds via our breath. Motivation energy emerges when the fire voice is accessed. To understand how to intentionally access this voice, one must first know a little bit more about its origin. The fire voice resonates in the belly. Let’s put it into practice. Imagine you are back to back with a one ton truck. Your instruction is to move the truck by pushing up against it. The sound that comes as you let out a deep grunt to accomplish this task is sourced in the belly. It’s as if a fire has been lit in the body system, heating it up in preparedness to take action. Practice making this sound on a daily basis to gain confidence in your own fire voice, being able to access it when needed.
When accessing this voice, you are accessing a voice of vitality, passion, and motivation. It is used in cultures around the world to accomplish a desired outcome. Let’s return now to the Maori tribe who uses the Haka in preparation for a challenge. The word haka can actually be broken up into two words “ha” and “ka”, which translate to breath and fire. Haka literally means breath of fire!
Sounds of motivation also come from outside sources, meaning other sources than the voice. Musical instruments are a popular item used to accomplish this very thing. As you watch a movie, pay particular attention to the background noise. There is almost always instrumental music setting the tone. Generally, we do not notice that there is any music playing at all as our focus is on what is taking place in the scene right in front of us. However, if you were to
pinpoint what element of the combination of scenery, actors, words, and music that makes the biggest impact on mood, it is hands down the sound of music subtly playing in the background. Begin to notice when there is a happy scene. What is the sound that is used to portray happy? What about when a suspenseful scene plays out? How does the background music shift? As you start to notice how the music affects your own energy, one thing to realize is how each sound is used to differentiate the many types of moods, much like how our own voices can do the same.
The reality is that music and sound can work for you or against you, depending on what it is that is picked. The same goes for our voice. We generate sounds and words that build and create or destroy and tear down. The first step is to find what music/sounds activate the energy of motivation for yourself and use it to your advantage. This requires to look inward and feel how the music affects you on a personal level. Imagine what a trip to the gym would look like without music. Better yet, what would it look like with classical music playing? It may lull you to sleep rather than be a tool for motivation. The time you take to exercise would seem very dull and time itself may feel like it passes more slowly. You may even lack the motivation to continue on with your regular routine, cutting gym time short.
Choosing the right music to tune into during your workout time can add a tremendous amount of value to your life. Let’s take running for example. Running to the tune of music gives your body something to sync up with. Having that steady underlying beat keeps your steps running in real time with the chosen music. If you would like to run a bit faster, pick a song that has a faster beat and you will be surprised how your pace begins to match it. Setting up a playlist with upbeat songs will set you up for success during your chosen workout time. Workout also interchanged well with daily chores that need accomplished around the house. Turning your playlist on during these times will also help motivate you to get things done. It has the ability to even inspire children to focus on their chores making for a faster and easier clean up time.
So how can we use this knowledge to our best advantage? First, when we lack the motivation to get moving or to get things done, remember that we have access to immediately activate the fire within us by simply making certain sounds, the fire voice. There is no relying on an outside source to do this for us. Focus and resonate your sound in the belly and watch how the energy starts to pulse throughout your body system. This may be uncomfortable for some as they have never experienced these sounds before, but as we connect to our full voice, a full life can be experienced. Second, you can rely on outside sound in the form of music to bring out the fire within. Whatever your choice is, you always have access to a powerful energy source waiting at the tip of your tongue and fingertips.
Voice your choice.