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The leadership practice of staying loose

Updated: Mar 21, 2021

A few years ago I started spinning. Hardest thing I've ever done and this from a women who has two children.

I love the motivational call outs from the instructors. One of the lines that stumped me for a long time though was the saying that when we were at the peak of the class (when it was the hardest) we had to relax and keep loose. I just didn't get it until I started reading the science behind stress and how it freezes the brain from being creative and solution oriented.

If keeping loose could keep me at the the top of my ride and my work, I could change all my thinking about how to react when the stress came on. I started noticing when stress crept in and how my shoulders would inch up towards my ears. My jaw would tighten during difficult conversations. Once I noticed my reactions I started to think "keep loose". That small action helped me keep my thinking where I needed it. In the creative and high functioning mode.

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