What are you waiting for?

I’ve always been captivated by music’s ability to give voice to our inner truths.

When our own words fail us, the right piece of music can express our emotions in a powerful way.

And how is it that we can memorize the words to a catchy new tune with ease and yet struggle to remember our own computer password? [Guilty]

It’s because music is Morse code for the soul.

We are naturally drawn to a piece of music when it resonates with who we are and what we’re experiencing in that moment.  Simply put: something about it is true for us.

It could be the tempo, the lyrics, or the mood of the music that hooks us but, when it does, it’s irresistible.

When it’s not safe to say what we think or feel, music gives our soul a way to express itself.


[Secret admission: I’ve always had a habit of breaking into spontaneous dance.]

Whether it’s to celebrate after an especially powerful conversation with a client or in preparing to write this blog post, I’m always inclined to turn up the volume and get down.

Moreover, music has a way of inspiring us to act.  When our brain is slamming on the brakes and hurling cautionary thoughts at us, music hands us the keys and calls, “shotgun!”

So what are you waiting for?

Here are four of my favourite musical tonics for life’s situations:

  • Feeling discouraged & criticized?  Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off is your perfect comeback.
  • Feeling fed up with hiding out and playing small in life?  Nickelback’s What Are You Waiting For is your kick in the pants.
  • Needing a dose of love and self-acceptance?  Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings serve it up with an irresistible groove in We Get Along.
  • Ready to conquer the workplace?  Nothing beats the Dark Vader Theme song!

So go ahead!  Turn up the volume and dance a little. Give voice to those dreams inside of you.  Get down with the music and step up to life!



P.S. What’s YOUR favourite dance song? I’d love to know!

Post your favourite tune – and why you love groovin’ to it – on my Facebook Page here.

Heather Petherick is a master success coach for high potential business leaders, having established her private coaching practice in 2007. Since then, she’s coached hundreds of emerging leaders and entrepreneurs from around the globe to overcome the mindset traps that keep them playing small so that they can realize their potential and create the impact they’re meant for. Her areas of speciality are: • Mindset • Confidence • Communication • Speed of Implementation Her clients include corporate rising stars at WestJet, Agrium, Suncor Energy, Manulife Bank, TD, Royal Bank of Canada, KMPG and PepsiCo International as well as big-thinking entrepreneurs from around the world. She has been featured as a career and success expert with Women Engineering The Future, The Royal Bank of Canada, Canadian Living Magazine and Chatelaine magazine. Heather’s journey from growing up on a humble sheep farm on the prairies of western Canada to building a global coaching business have lent to her signature coaching style that combines both wit and humility, style and business savvy. She holds a Master’s degree in Management and lives in Lethbridge, Alberta with her husband and two children.

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