So, last weekend we went to see the new Mary Poppins movie. This movie is delightful, Emily Blunt is delightful and the music is delightful (go see if you get a chance).
But, I’ll tell you what’s not delightful. The fact that, since going to see it, the boyfriend’s kiddo plays the soundtrack, or sings that soundtrack, pretty much every chance she gets. Particularly the song, The Cover is Not The Book.
Now, I like this song, I really do. But, what started out as a lovely little diddy has now turned into the earworm from hell. It’s in my head all. the. time. And when it’s not, she turns it on and it wriggles its way back in.
While many of you parents may not be surprised by this (Frozen, anyone?) I am new to this parenting/step-parenting thing and have not yet experienced the mania for a certain song.
So, in order to counteract this and get the song out of my head (before I started to hate it) I needed to take action.
I decided to put another song in.
Any other song. Any other catchy, obnoxious song. The Gaston song from Beauty and the Beast made its way in. We’re Off To See The Wizard made an appearance.
And, it worked. When the original earworm would start to sneak back in, I would just repeat, “Because, because, because, because, becaauuuuse…because of the wonderful things he does.”
After the success of this method, I wondered…could this work in other areas of life?
If you don’t like the current song going through your head…change it.
If you’re not succeeding at your current focus, change your focus.
If you’ve been repeating, “I’m going to write a book, I’m going to write a book,” and you’re not writing a book, quit beating yourself up. Change your goal. Try, “I’m going to write a chapter.” Or, “I’m going to write 500 words.” And repeat that over and over until it’s true.
Or, shift your focus completely.
Writing goals have always been front and center for me. My head is constantly full of pesky earworms like:
“Write every day.”
“If you’re not writing, you’re not a writer.”
Or other not-always-helpful-idioms. It can get exhausting.
This year, I’ve shifted my focus a bit to my physical health. I’ve been spending time doing yoga, reading about it, going to the gym more, and trying to meditate. And ya know what? I started writing more.
Taking my focus off the song that was always in my head (the pressure to write all the time) and replacing it with a new song (go to yoga once a week, read a yoga book) made it easier to enjoy the original song again.
So, if you’ve got the same thing going through your head over and over, try changing the tune.
“I’ve already failed at my New Year’s Resolutions,” could be, “Today is another chance to set new goals.”
“I can’t find time to write every day…” could be, “Ten minutes is enough to get a few hundred words in!”
Don’t let a song stuck on repeat exhaust you. Get that song out of your head and pick a new tune.
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