Might as well, jump. JUMP!Posted: May 25, 2012
As many of you may know, I have been working with a coach myself this past year. I thought it was time for the cobbler to have her own shoes.
As I was leaving my final session this week and exiting the lobby, the song transitioned to “JUMP!” by Van Halen. This was old school Van Halen, the David Lee days. Aaah yes, big hair, scrawny David Lee… 9th grade was beckoning me all over again.
I chuckled for a minute and then I thought, wait a minute. This is no coincidence. This was a definite theme song moment.
Okay, okay, Van Halen and this song in particular, is hardly known for it’s poetic, history-making lyrics. In fact, there are about 20 words in the whole song. But, somehow, it fit the moment. That is definitely how I felt. I felt like jumping, full of enthusiasm. I am filled with a lot of positivity about the future and I feel like jumping.
I love that about music. Often times, when I work with clients and I know they find themselves stuck, I talk to them about music. Is there any song in particular, that when you listen to it, completely shifts your mood, your outlook? For one client of mine, it was an incredible theme song that came out of the Egyptian revolution. For another, it was the sweet and touching… What just makes that little old ant think he can move a rubber tree plant?
There is some powerful writing around music and it’s impact on our brain. One book in particular that I like is The Tao of Music which talks about the invaluable impact of music on our brains and how to leverage it to our benefit. It states, “Sometimes we need to modify our rhythms to harmonize with people and situations around us. One way to do this is with music.”
So, while I’ll be choosing to JUMP!, what will you be choosing to do to shift your mood in the right direction? What music helps you become an engaged, focused leader?
In case you need a little Friday morning flashback… Jump! Might as well, jump.
Enjoy the holiday!