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Tuesday, 12 August 2008 06:50

In the Zone

Written by  Margaret Meloni
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Termites were dropping on my head and I had no clue!

I came back to my office and immediately immersed myself in answering communications, doing research for clients and jotting down ideas for new articles. I was having fun and experiencing my own joy in the job. I was extremely focused. And I was completely unaware of my surroundings.
Termites were dropping on my head and I had no clue!

I came back to my office and immediately immersed myself in answering communications, doing research for clients and jotting down ideas for new articles. I was having fun and experiencing my own joy in the job. I was extremely focused. And I was completely unaware of my surroundings.

Does this ever happen to you?  I was ‘in the zone’.  I was not ‘in the zone’ as an athlete. But I was experiencing my own type of peak performance. Here are the contributing factors:

•    I felt relaxed; I was not stressed, tired or upset.
•    I was confident; I had just completed a great coaching session where we both walked away feeling great about the results.
•    Extreme focus – Seriously, termites were all around me and I did not see them.
•    Things felt effortless, I would not have called any of it work.
•    Each thought or action lead automatically to the next. (This is also called flow.)
•    Fun
•    I was in control. Not control in any of its negative connotations, control as in things were going well. My actions were producing positive results.

Eventually something caught my eye. There on my desk was a winged insect. This time I knew it was not a flying ant. How did I know this? Well several days earlier I had a similar experience. I had been working away on my eZine, ‘The Positive Punch’ when I noticed something unusual.
Not just one, but two flying ants lying motionless on the floor. I had not seen a flying ant for so long that I was sincerely surprised. I thought that the flying ant was generally the queen. At least I think that is what I recall from the movie ‘Antz’.  Since I am not an entomologist I will absolutely go ahead and trust an animated film to teach me about the insect world.

(Don’t worry everyone; I do research the work we do together! That is why I do not have the brain space left to study ants and other insects.)

So how odd, that there would be two queens. Maybe it was a really large colony? Maybe they were twin queens. Now that would be really sad because both queens were lifeless. And they were lifeless BEFORE I found them.

A few days later I told a friend about the ants. My friend (who apparently does have time to study insects), informed me that my suspicions were correct – these were no ordinary ants.  What was so special about these ants? They were not ants at all, they were termites.

This time the desk, the floor and surrounding areas were littered with termites. Lucky me, I was being swarmed. The swarming had probably started while I was out on a coaching appointment. Most of the termites had not survived the effort, but a few were still valiantly attempting to infiltrate my office. Some were still falling from the ceiling. I cannot say how many landed next to my laptop before I finally noticed their arrival.

It was time to vacate the office. Oh and that item on my to-do list, the one about calling the exterminator? This was the perfect time to move that to the top of the list.

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