You’ve Got To Move It, Move It

Last week was one of THOSE weeks. So much to do. The great, good, bad, and ugly. Pressures mounting on all fronts. Important investments in people, for which there was no short-cut. Business travel and back-to-back meetings. Demanding senior executive reviews and the requisite preparation. Mid year performance write-ups and discussions. A newly selected leader, and vital discussions with disappointed candidates). Preparation for our upcoming Leadership Summit, including an important tradition of writing personal notes in books for each member of the team. And then the unexpected train delays, and “small” LGL frustrations, like my entire site going down due to server issues. No time for exercise. Too much caffeine. Time to move it.

I received a note from an old friend, he asked “when do you sleep?” I responded with some bologna about being on a mission. Bottom line I hadn’t slept much. When the alarm went off the next morning, my husband said, (I think affectionately)… wow, honey, you’re a machine.).

Of course, I’m not a machine, and Friday night, I collapsed early. Saturday I awoke before 6 to ironically start writing my “energy series.” I was staring at the computer, when in all my stuckness, my little guy, Seb, snuggled in and said, “mom, are we going the gym?” We always go to the gym on Saturdays. It’s our “routine.” Ugh, I didn’t know I had this big summit next week, much work to do and NOTHING written on LGL. It’s an important week for the REAL model, the Energy front. 5 posts to write on something I believe in deeply and I had a big family day on Sunday with lots of commitments. The summit includes dramatic evening activities, so there would be no time to write then. Something had to go.

We went to the gym. Sometimes you’ve got to move it, move it.

Move it, Move it

Enter, Michael, my kickboxing instructor. This guy’s an energetic cop always over-the-top with excitement. He began, “I really need your help today, I need some support in gaining my usual energy.”

I thought, “Seriously, dude? Crap. I don’t feel it, you don’t feel it”

Okay game on. I smiled, he smiled, we went for it. 87 of us went for it. With in 10 minutes the “move it, move it” left my stress, his stress, our stress dripping on the floor. Something needed to go. We kick-boxed it away. I came home, and wrote 3 posts. The stuckness was gone.

When you’re exhausted, the last thing you want to do is “move it.” Take time to shake loose the energy. Get the blood flowing. Back away from the situation, and kick something. The ideas will follow.

For anyone who needs some Friday inspiration, our second favorite family song, I like to Move It, Move It .

Real leadership
This is the last in our series on Energy, the second branch in the REAL model. Tomorrow we return to our regular fare. Next week, Authenticity. Not yet a subscriber, enter your email address so you never miss a post.

Posted in Employee Engagement & Energy and tagged , , , .

Karin Hurt

Karin Hurt, Founder of Let’s Grow Leaders, helps leaders around the world achieve breakthrough results, without losing their soul. A former Verizon Wireless executive, she has over two decades of experience in sales, customer service, and HR. She was named on Inc's list of 100 Great Leadership Speakers and American Management Association's 50 Leaders to Watch. She’s the author of several books: Courageous Cultures: How to Build Teams of Micro-Innovators, Problem Solvers, and Customer Advocates (Harper Collins Summer 2020), Winning Well: A Manager's Guide to Getting Results-Without Losing Your Soul, Overcoming an Imperfect Boss, and Glowstone Peak.


  1. How do I energize? I glean one thing from your story today. I know there are multiple lessons, but today I feel like the lesson for me is this – don’t allow multi-tasking to be the norm. When presented with a task, do the task. So many times, we have messaging, internetting, conversing, thinking, planning, acting … and so many more balls in the air at once. While that is one way of performing, perhaps the best way when overwhelmed is to be dedicated to one. “Can we go to the gym” is an example. You go. There is no work, LGL, planning, and other balls in the air. Just one. Your little guy. And then working out. One tasking. For me, the lesson I read is how a person can re-energize by allowing oneself to be present with one task. Do it. And go.

  2. Reminds me of one of my beliefs around stress,, the LAST thing you want to be doing is trying to relax. You don’t want to have an idle mind, and really, your brain is just going to make it a pain to achieve a relaxed state, and you might then be facing another goal not met!

    Enter Karin,,, she goes kick-boxing. Nice.

    I think your solution is the power of distraction at work. Leaders who are also parents should get that one 🙂 It works.

    Another that comes to mind if you can’t take leaving your task alone- try biting off just one teeny tiny bit of it and accomplish that.

    You stay busy, you are not (hopefully) distracted by the big picture just now, and you get a sense of achievement. Remember, teeny tiny. Do 10 of them if you like but keep it easily achievable.

    Switches that negative emotion around the current goal to a positive.

  3. Dallas, perfect. One bite at a time. Between you and David, you’ve written 2 very important posts today. So now the LGL community gets 3 for the price of 1. Love it. That’s EXACTLY what this community is about. Namaste.

  4. I have to admit I don’t energize, though I wish I could. Instead, I work between the gaps. When I have the energy I push it and get lots of things done. When I don’t I relax a bit. Much different than years ago but I’m at that stage where I’ve finally learned to go with what my body’s telling me more often. I think not listening put me into this state.

  5. Mitch, thanks so much. Great to have you in the conversation. The important part is that you have a strategy… and it sounds like it’s working well for you. Listening to your body and doing what you can, when you can, is also so important.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.