Recognize Being In The Zone
I want you to see being in the zone as the indicator of those times when you’re using your skill and interest together to live in your dreamy dream world of hope and achievement. That world were you feel like everything flows. Where you’re successful. Where you want to get out of bed in the morning.
Tarot can focus your long term aspirations and drive monthly and/or daily actions that keep you in the zone and support you in living your passion.
That, my friend, is an indicator of passion. It’s also an indicator that you’re working to achieve something. There’s aspiration built in there. I want you to find it. Because when you find aspiration, you’ve completed the equation for passion. Remember, the passion equation, passion = skills + interests + aspirations.
When Was the Last Time You Were in the Zone?
You know when you really got in the zone? Those times where you sit down to work on something you really love. Those moments when you look up and realize you’re starving, your eyes are dry, and you have no idea how much time has passed.
I was in the zone so many times these past two weeks. It’s ridiculous. I was in training for a new job. I learned more about the tools available to manage parts of my new job. Even during the training I would fall out into this other world where ideas flowed and problems surfaced and solutions presented themselves and subject matter experts were raising their hands to answer my questions and be a part of my team <BREATHE> and I couldn’t stop myself. I was taking notes about the “thing” and everything else that popped into my head as fast as I could. The day flew by. Has this happened to you?
I’ll give you a minute.
When I was in the zone I was experiencing living my passion. I was solving corporate and people problems simultaneously. I began creating something out of nothing in order to achieve a clearly defined goal. I started curating a plan and a team that is not only going to advance our strategic goals but fundamentally change people’s lives for the better.
That feels freakin’ awesome.
What do you hope for?
Now you might be saying, “But I don’t have any aspirations about [insert thing].” Or any aspirations at all. But I think you probably do. You just may not have realized what they are.
I’m going to walk you through this so stick with me.
Hope is that thing inside us that insists, despite all evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us if we have the courage to reach for it, and to work for it, and to fight for it. -Barack Obama
You may uncover some save the whales stuff. You may land on save the children. But no matter the outcome, there’s a reason you’re so focused on the convergence of your interests and skills. I believe that’s something you’ve heard about for the last eight years. Remember “The Audacity of Hope?”
Without hope we’re all doomed. I hope I’m going to have a good day. You hope your family is safe. You’ve been hoping you’re going to get the job. We hope so much I think we stop remembering that we need to put action behind it. So here’s the thing. Keep hoping but let’s turn your hope into action.
After all, if you can be realistic about what you want to achieve practicality gets you there. So dream big but plan. Get exited and schedule. Maybe even find someone who can help hold you accountable. But let hope reign.
And while we’re at it, silence the nay sayers. Accept their objections to your dream as lessons learned. Their failures should serve you, not hinder you. Just because they’ve “been there, done that” doesn’t mean their experience is going to be yours. You’re two different people. Act like it. ‘Cause when you’re in the zone no one can stop you.
Did you shout out something to your family, friends, or roommate like, “I’ll be in the basement!”
Quick side note. Sometimes I get so in the zone I really forget that life is going on around me. I want you to take a moment and look into your husband’s/wife’s/partner’s/child’s eyes and remember what’s really important. Thank them for supporting you. Ask them for help when necessary because they want you to succeed. And thank them again.
If it makes sense, involve them. Share with them what you’re doing. Show them how you do what you do. Let them feel the excitement. Encourage them share in your joy. Allow your relationship deepen.
Hope Is Built In
Let’s pull it back and focus on what it means to be in the zone for a minute. Time to refocus for a moment. These questions are going to prove you already know how to do this. I expect you’ll be nodding your head soon.
Being in the zone is one of those moments that you should reflect on when you’re thinking about your passion. When you find yourself in that intently focused space, what was it that caused you to be so focused? Were you learning? Where you teaching? Were you improving something because you were so inspired by what you learned and testing the functionality?
And be honest, did you shout out something to your family, friends, or roommate like, “I’ll be in the basement!” or “I’ll be back for lunch!” and they know full well where you are, what you’re doing, and to leave you alone?
If that is the case, the fact that you find yourself being in the zone is an indicator that you’re engaged in your passion.
So let’s take that a bit deeper.
Think about what you were doing when you found yourself being in the zone.
- Are you interested in what you were working on?
- Have you always been interested in it? Why?
- Is it a new interest? Why? What was the trigger?
- Is it related to something else you’re interested in?
- Are you skilled at what you were working on?
- How did you become skilled at it?
- Would you like to be the best at it?
- Do you know people who are better? Who are they?
- Why did you spend so much time on it?
- Does it solve a problem? Will it make someone happy? When will it improve someone’s life?
- Will it do something for your family, friends, or co-workers?
- What was the outcome you hoped for by doing it?
Finish this sentence: “I was hoping that _______”
(Hint: that’s your aspiration)
See, you did already know what it is! Yes!
How Tarot Comes in to Play
If that last exercise felt a little uncomfortable or you’re feeling that figuring out what you hope for can sometimes be murky, I get it. I know it changes from year to week, to day, to minute, to the second you step out of your door and take a breath for the day to begin.
I believe that Tarot can help you narrow that field into strategic aspirations. Tarot can focus you into those long term aspirations that drive monthly and/or daily actions that keep you in the zone and support you in living your passion.
Get In The Zone & Change Your Life
Once you start living your passion your life is going to belong to you again. You’ll start feeling like you’re back in the flow. You’ll be doing what you love or looking forward to the time that you get to indulge in what truly drives you.
What Is Your Hope?
Tell me about that hope you identified while reading this post. No filter. No justification. Let me know what you hope for. We all need a bit of hope right now.