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Zoom In Or Zoom Out - Which Is the Best Approach?

April 15, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 233

Pretend you are looking through the lens of a camera and you zoom in as close as you can and imagine the following.

As you look closer at your current challenges or problems you feel more and more out of control. No options and lot's of questions. Why is this happening? Why am I going through this yet again? What am I going to do?

Fear, worry, concern and stress fill your mind. The more you zoom in the more the situation looks like increased chaos and you feel totally out of control. The concern increases, the uncertainty seems to relentlessly loom over all of your choices and the ambiguity fills your mind. You feel like you are in crisis mode with no where to turn, not sure what to do next and feel almost completely incapacitated.

Feel better now? I seriously doubt it.

This is the approach that most people follow when they face adversity, challenges, problems and uncertainty. Do you really think this is the best approach?

It can be if you are able to remain poised, confident and detached and see the situation for what it really is - just another of life's circumstances that has come into your life to guide you, teach you or help you increase your ability to handle something that in the broader range is just a blip on the calendar of your life.

However few people bring these mindsets or attitudes to the negative issues they face. These people seem to wallow in the problem and feel like victims. The more they focus on the problem the worse it seems to get. The solutions seem improbable or impossible. Often their reaction is - what's the point? Once I solve this something else is just around the corner.

This zoom in approach is not the best way to view any situation so what's your other option? Zoom out.

What do I mean by zoom out?

OK, start reversing the zoom feature on your camera and begin to distance yourself gradually from the situation. As you click once you are back to a normal view. You see the circumstance for what it is - no details just the reality of the problem or challenge. At this point you may still feel much of the fear or worry and not sure how to handle the situation. So click again and zoom out a little further see the situation as if you were looking at small flower at a greater distance. Close up you can see all the detail and color. Closer still and you can no longer see the flower but just the color. Closer still and it all becomes a blur. As you zoom out from the flower you see the whole garden. Further still - the entire yard. Keep zooming out - the neighborhood, the city, the state, the country and then even the world. Keep going - the flower is still there but you can no longer see it. It hasn't changed but your view of it has. Why not zoom one more time and find yourself in the middle of the universe. Detail? None whatsoever.

Back to your issue. As you zoom out you begin to see that your challenge or problem is nothing more than a single speck in the scheme of things. Your adversity when viewed from a distance when compared to your entire life history is also just that - a speck. Consider the millions of people who inhabit the earth. Think anyone else has or is dealing with a similar challenge?

What's the advantage of this zoom out approach?

The primary benefit is that this it helps you see what is - as just that - something that is. It isn't bad or good - it just is. You begin to see that in the greater scheme of things that it isn't as bad as it appears. When you compare it to other challenges you have faced you begin to realize that no matter what is going on in your life you can handle it. It can't break you or you understand the futility of letting this single event or situation rule your entire present life.

You come to realize that you are bigger than whatever life gives you and that letting a single situation, no matter how grave it seems (when you zoom in) that is not really a huge issue when you consider all of the years that have passed in your life and all of the other situations you have faced.

Zooming out takes courage but more than that it requires that you understand that no matter what happens in your life it is really insignificant when you consider the bigger picture of your entire life.

Tim Connor, CSP is an internationally renowned sales, management and leadership speaker, trainer and best selling author. Since 1981 he has given over 4000 presentations in 21 countries on a variety of sales, management, leadership and relationship topics. He is the best selling author of over 70 books including; Soft Sell, That's Life, SOLD, 81 Challenges Managers Face and Your First Year In Sales. He can be reached at, 704-895-1230 or visit his websites at

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