“Come on, Steve, let’s dance! Please, let’s dance!”
When Julie and I were first dating and then early into our married life we loved to dance. Can I be totally honest… I’m not that good but I think I am. .. I grew up with Saturday Night Fever and John Travolta! I actually convinced myself I was on par with his sexy moves and unstoppable poses.
Julie and I never mastered choreographed moves like you see now on “Dancing with the Stars.” We were more “shake your body” no rhyme, no reason, no real method to the madness. I always knew it was a good night if Julie finally whispered in my ear, “you look like an idiot.” Or if we were dripping with sweat and all the rest of the dancers had moved several yards away.
But over time, life happened- kids came, bills mounted, schedules filled with soccer and football and baseball, there were sleepovers, mortgage payments, petty disagreements, and serious work. No more dancing for “Serious Steve.” Saturday Night Fever became Saturday Night Recovery. Then one day, out of the blue, after a football tournament for my son, we were with a group of parents and heard music off in the distance… from a night club… it was Saturday Night Fever type of music… hmmmm..
Julie looked at me and said, “Come on, Steve. Let’s dance!” We proceeded to lead the whole over-the-hill gang into the bar and danced to our little hearts desires until dawn. Well, not exactly dawn, but at least close to 1 am! I hadn’t seen that type of night since my Travolta days!
This next part is completely true. Julie and I now dance at least once a month. That is a lot for us. Sometimes we will go out with friends or follow our favorite Seattle band, the BGP. We dance and we laugh and Julie still tells me that I look like an idiot, now so more than once.
Leadership Application: Exceptional You 2.0
Can you roll out a little fun this year? “Come on, let’s dance!”
It is vitally important to maintain your energy and prevent burn outs. One of the most effective ways to do so is to plan fun and relaxation into your schedule. This is time that you deliberately put aside for unwinding and rebuilding. Dancing is a great example because it is fun, it is silly, and it is good exercise. Do something you enjoy that gets your heart pumping, your laugh booming, and your body moving, you’ll be a stronger more sustainable leader when you do.
Try this: Set some time on your calendar for a “date night” and go dancing! Join the “you look like an idiot” club.
Try this: Set some ridiculously fantastic and stunning new goals that make you smile and dance.
Try this: Don’t worry so much about what you look like on the dance floor and get out there. Do it in your business too! Shake that business bootie a little. Shake it up and try some new things!
Try this: Don’t be so serious. Some of the most extraordinary and successful leaders I know are a blast to be around. And they can dance! (Or at least they think they can…)
Try this: Recreational. Re-Creation-al activities put a smile on your face and a skip in your step. Why not take up some dancing lessons. Come on, let’s dance!
Try this: Go dancing!
I know most of us have families and careers and real life pressures. We have goals and aspirations, desires for excellence and personal growth. We have financial responsibilities and worries. This is my simple heartfelt attempt to remind my readers and my myself that sometimes we need to just break out and dance.
To my beloved Leadership Community,
Let’s Dance our way through 2012
Let’s make it our best dance yet! Here’s to building better leaders and not so dirty dancers!
Ps. Be sure to check back later this week for a special post with more important information on the Leadership Quest Inner Circle! This year is your year to become the new and improved You 2.0, the Exceptional You!