What Would Change if You Could “Let it Go” at Work?

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As predicted, the song Let it Go has permeated my house.  My kiddo plays it incessantly, and being the catchy little tune that it is, both my husband and I find ourselves humming it out of the blue.  When I couldn’t sleep Friday night, the song replayed in my head over-and–over again, uncontrollably.  So rather than fight it, on Saturday morning when I was doing the dishes I thought it would be good to stop singing my own lyrics and learn the real ones.   I could foresee embarrassing moments looming ahead when I mindlessly belt out my own version while working in the back yard (my son would be mortified).

For those of you out there who don’t have kids and have a tougher time finding an excuse to listen to Disney songs without tarnishing your very cool grown-up image, let me give you the quick back-story for the song:  The song is from Disney’s Frozen and is sung by the character Elsa (played by Idina Menzel).  Elsa was born with special powers, but an accident that occurred when she was little, caused her parents to make her hide them away – and thus herself away.  When she finally releases her powers, she frees herself from the bondage of her old life and expresses the freedom she feels in being able to be herself and own her power in the song Let it Go.

This song is everywhere.  It won the Academy Award for best song.  Every parent of every kid who loves to sing and perform has probably heard this song more times than they can count.  When I was in Dallas and staying with one of my dearest friends, her daughter was playing this song as she was getting ready to go to school.  And last week at my kiddo’s Elementary School’s Town Hall meeting (my husband and I attended because Jeremy was performing) the teachers spontaneously burst into a flash mob singing Let it Go and before they finished everyone in the room was up and singing – the kids, the parents, the teachers – it was like a scene out of a movie.  The energy in the room was absolutely incredible.  Palpable.  There is a “Let it Go” frenzy in the world.  The Idina Menzel YouTube video has 214 Million views.  The Demi Lovato version has almost 150 Million views…

So as I’m doing the dishes on Saturday morning, I crank up our recent download of this phenomenon and, in attempt to learn the real lyrics, I listen intently for the first time.  And then I replay it.  And replay it….

Let it go, let it go
Can’t hold it back anymore
Let it go, Let it go
Turn my back and slam the door

The snow glows white on the mountain tonight
Not a footprint to be seen
A kingdom of isolation, and it looks like I’m the queen
The wind is howling like this swirling storm inside
Couldn’t keep it in
Heaven knows I tried

Don’t let them in, don’t let them see
Be the good girl you always had to be
Conceal, don’t feel, don’t let them know
Well now they know

Let it go, let it go
Can’t hold it back anymore
Let it go, let it go
Turn my back and slam the door
And here I stand
And here I’ll stay
Let it go, let it go
The cold never bothered me anyway

It’s funny how some distance makes everything seem small
And the fears that once controlled me can’t get to me at all
Up here in the cold thin air I finally can breathe
I know I left a life behind but I’m too relieved to grieve

Let it go, Let it go
Can’t hold it back anymore
Let it go, Let it go,
Turn my back and slam the door
And here I stand
And here I’ll stay
Let it go, let it go
The cold never bothered me anyway

Standing – frozen in the life I’ve chosen
You won’t find me, the past is so behind me
Buried in the snow

Let it go, let it go
Can’t hold it back anymore
Let it go, let it go,
Turn my back and slam the door
And here I stand
And here I’ll stay
Let it go, let it go
The cold never bothered me anyway…
(let the music go on)
let it go, let it go
Let it go, let it go

And I run upstairs to my husband and say, breathlessly, “Let it Go…it’s hitting a universal chord with people….it’s….it’s tapping into the need that we all have to be ourselves and own our power…this isn’t just a Disney-thing, this is exactly what I’m seeing all around me in my sessions.  People want the same thing at work!  They just want to feel free to be themselves, powerfully…to be real...to Let it Go…”

“I know!” he said, “I just wrote that down!” (we had been talking about my business earlier that morning – it’s good to have an innovation guy around to chat with on a Saturday morning in your jammies over coffee).

So I wanted to put it out there to you, is this what you experience?  If you could Let it Go at work, how would that change things for you?  How would you feel and what could you do, if you could truly Let it Go?

(for real, I’d like to know!)

 

©OnStage Leadership, 2014

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Kimberly Davis is the Founder/Director of OnStage Leadership, a full-day experiential leadership workshop. 

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