The Prompt – Run (or walk) to the nearest music playing device (radio, iPod, record player, 8-track) and turn it on. Select a lyric from the first, random song you hear. Use that lyric in a piece of writing of your choosing (fiction, non-fiction, poem, letter, etc.). The Twist – work the name of the artist into your writing as well.
In 2009, I was promoted from Clinical Nurse Specialist to Nurse Unit Manager. I was excited. However, I was unsure how I would go. I knew I was a good CNS but management—that was uncharted waters for me. I decided I would give it my best shot and see what happened. Miley Cyrus’s The Climb became my theme song and motivation.
“I can almost see it,
that dream I’m dreaming, but
there’s a voice inside my head saying you’ll never reach it.”
I needed to kill off my self-doubt. Playing this song on repeat helped. I wasn’t going to give up without a fight, so I decided the answer was to think positively and start at the beginning—building a strong foundation. Every spare moment—I played The Climb—to calm my mind and ensure my success—it worked. I won the battle and I am now a confident Manager. This role gives me more opportunities to share my knowledge and experience with whoever needs it.
“There’s always gonna be another mountain
I’m always gonna want to make it move
Always gonna be an uphill battle
Sometime’s I’m gonna have to lose
Ain’t about how fast I get there
Ain’t about what’s waitin’ on the other side
It’s The Climb”
Over the last 5 years, there has been lots of new mountains to climb—some easy, some very difficult—but I keep dreaming and climbing. After all who knows what tomorrow brings? I don’t. But—I’m not afraid. If I need a little motivation, I get out my mobile phone and listen to The Climb. I listen as many times as it takes to move my current mountain and ensure my dream becomes a reality.
What song motivates you?