I have written about using music as an inspiration. Here is an article that was one of the headlines on the MSN homepage. It is 10 ways music is good for your well-being.
For me, during the course of my recovery, I have used different songs as anthems to get me through certain stages of the recovery. "You Raise Me Up," by Josh Groban when I was in the Cardiac Care Unit, and "Carry On," by Fun. when I was walking again "well enough," but improvements had slowed down, but I knew I had the capability to improve/recover even more.
Here is the article: 10 Ways Music is Good for well-being