ZOOM! Fast Forward or Full Focus?

2 Jan

Our power word for January is zoom! (yes, with an exclamation mark).  How can I apply it?  What kind of a mantra is it for me?  In staying true to myself, I will not pick one interpretation, just as I can never settle on a favorite color.  I will use zoom! in two ways:

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1) Fast forward – to remind myself that a new year is a time of new action, of renewed energy.  I have many projects ahead of me this year, and I need to give myself a fast start, to give myself the gift of momentum. When I start finding myself being weighed down by perfectionism, by indecision

, by doubt, I will repeat this mantra to myself and zoom! past all of that.

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2) Full Focus – to remind myself that focus is required to accomplish what I want to accomplish.  There is a difference between being open and creative versus being distracted.  Though focusing will be slightly easier for me now that The Voice is over for the season, there are still many shiny objects in my life. When I need to focus in on my immediate goal and ignore the mental clutter, I’ll repeat this mantra to myself and zoom! in, pushing the distractions out of my viewfinder, at least temporarily.

What these mean for me creatively is that I’ll commit some focused time preparing for the SCBWI conference in January, so I can be prepared to chat about (or pitch!) my projects on a moment’s notice if the right opportunity presents itself.

What does zoom! mean to you and how will you use it?

4 Responses to “ZOOM! Fast Forward or Full Focus?”

  1. Christy Koehnlein December 28, 2012 at 3:16 pm #

    I was just trying to comment on this great post but it won’t let me! I wanted to let you know that this post got me excited for the new year 🙂 I love the idea of grabbing momentum. Thank you for sharing 🙂 I’ll check back later to see if the comment will work for me. Christy

    On Fri, Dec 28, 2012 at 2:05 PM, WordPress.com

    • pursuingthemuse January 2, 2013 at 12:53 pm #

      Yay, Christie! We can help each other keep up that momentum too. A little encouragement goes a long way!

  2. jeancalvert December 28, 2012 at 3:20 pm #

    I LOVE that you have picked the word ZOOM. Wish I’d thought of it first. I may have to borrow it.

    It certainly applies to me, more and more with each passing day, especially since I’ve tuned into The Voice. No, not the one on TV. You know, THE VOICE, with all caps. It’s becoming clearer every day, informing me what I need to do, guiding me to the right resources to accomplish it, then working with a laser-beam focus to make it happen.

    I’ve taken on a lot of major projects for the coming year. It’s going to take some herculean effort to do them well. I’m not in pursuit of perfect. I’m in pursuit of effective, and healing, and an upward spiral in our potential to rise to higher levels of functioning. And what better ZOOM could there be than that, my friends?

    Love and Light, Jean Calvert Swingingly hot jazz … Sultry cool blues …

    You can visit my website to read a bio, hear half a dozen songs, check out my calendar, and read my blog.

    On Fri, Dec 28, 2012 at 2:05 PM, WordPress.com

    • pursuingthemuse January 2, 2013 at 12:51 pm #

      We’ll be cheering you on, Jean! Let us know how your projects come along 🙂

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