Do you have a power song? A song empowers you when you need a lift?
My introduction to the concept, unfortunately, came from the ’90s TV show, Ally McBeal. I was not a regular viewer; in fact, I found a lot of it very annoying, and therefore a lot of the things I associated with the show I thought of as hokey. The power song fell into this category and so I never spent much time thinking of one of my own.
A few years ago, however, I read that a good job interview technique is to listen to yr power song on the way to the interview so you’re all pumped up and ready to go. There does not need to be an elaborate process for choosing a song - reflect on yr favorite songs and which ones get you excited, make you feel emboldened. You may need to try out a few before you find the one that really does the trick.
For awhile mine was Ono Soul by Thurston Moore. I love the lyrics (“bow down to the queen of noise”), but I always felt it was lacking something, a certain energy. Then recently, out of nowhere, it dawned on me that Peaches’ “I’m the Kinda” is totally my song! It has a great beat, motivating lyrics, and makes me feel sexy and powerful. Sometimes when I’m walking down the street and notice that my posture or body language needs a lift I’ll start thinking of this song to energize me.
What’s yr power song?
After reading this article I decided to come up with some calendars of my own. There’s a basic calendar for crossing off each day (I love the visual that a chain of red slashes will create) and another for filling in achievements each day. I am using the cross off calendars to track daily crafting and writing. The calendar with logging spaces is to track how long I walk each day (this one will be my biggest challenge, I am sure). The calendars begin this month and continue through 2010.
The logging calendar: http://docs.google.com/View?id=djf29p9_49cnpg55dt
The cross off calendar: http://docs.google.com/View?id=djf29p9_50gcgfjsf8
Feel free to try them out yrself - and be sure to tell me how they work for you.