We’ve all heard the term “in the zone”, right? Well, I want to tell you a little story about my husband, and how the right atmosphere can get you there.
Yesterday he was at work, and really wanted a sandwich for lunch. The problem was that the Mall where the sandwich shop was located was closing, and he only had 15 minutes to get there, get his sub, and get back to work.
So what did he do? He put in his headphones, put on the Mission Impossible soundtrack, set a timer on his phone…
And my nerd got in the Zone.
He told me that as soon as that music hit his ears, he was Ethan Hunt (the lead character from the Mission Impossible franchise). Everything between him and his goal was an obstacle.
Every automatic door, every leisurely walking granny, even the benches, decorated with their pretty potted plants.
As he briskly walked through the mall, lithely sidestepping customers to grab “the package” and get back to work on time, he couldn’t help but feel a rush of adrenaline.
It’s incredible how what we input affects our output. Just listening to the theme song that my husband associates with energy, daring, and focus, made him move faster and more deftly than he usually would.
He was in the Zone, and his music put him there. Suddenly just going for a sandwich became a whole different experience.
I often listen to music to get into the zone when I am writing. Creating content comes much easier to me when I have just the right soundtrack playing in my head. It’s one of the ways I “get in the zone”. Vanilla-scented candles sure help too.
(BTW, he made it back, just in time…)