Christmas is a natural time of year to Zoom-Out. To step back and take a broader perspective on your life and the people in it. This is precisely what happened to Ebenezer Scrooge in the classic Christmas story by Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol – he essentially undergoes a series of Zoom-Outs facilitated by three ghosts.
This workshop has 4 parts (‘Staves’) comprised of a short video (~3 mins) and an accompanying exercise (~10 mins). You can choose to do one part per day or do all four together (< 1 hour).
Stave 5 concludes the story with a final point of reflection.
Please share with family and friends. In fact, you can do these exercises with other people if you have a shared history, shared social circle and shared future.
Stave 1: The Spirit of Zoom-Out
In this first episode, it’s Christmas eve and you are visited by the “Spirit of Zoom-Out” who has come to give you some Zoom-Out coaching.
At times we can become Zoomed-In on something unhelpful. That is, we can hold a narrow view about something, someone or ourselves in a way that is detrimental to ourselves and those around us. In Ebenezer Scrooge’s case, he had become Zoomed-In on money at the expense of many other aspects of his life.
EXERCISE: After watching the video, take 10 mins or more to think about times you have been Zoomed-In on something unhelpful in a way that has held you back, closed doors or generally dented your happiness.
Stave 2: The Ghost of Christmas Past
In this second episode, after your encounter with The Spirit of Zoom-Out, you are visited by The Ghost of Christmas Past who takes you on a Time Dimension Zoom-Out, to reflect on your highlights of the year since last Christmas.
Evolution has built into us a negativity bias which has maximised our chances of survival and passing on our genes but at the expense of our happiness and effectiveness in other aspects of our lives. As a result, we tend to focus on and remember the failures and ‘negative’ events. This exercise aims to boost our self-esteem and sense of gratitude for our own achievements and the ‘positive’ events and people in our lives.
EXERCISE: After watching the video, take 10 mins or more, to write down your highlights of the year on a timeline from last Christmas to this one. Simply draw the timeline on a piece of paper or you can download and print this worksheet.
Stave 3: The Ghost of Christmas Present
In this third episode, you are visited by The Ghost of Christmas Present who takes you on a Social Dimension Zoom-Out, to reflect on and re-evaluate all of the key people in your life and that should be in your life.
Christmas is a natural time of year to Zoom-Out on the people in and around us – to connect or reconnect. However, we need to put time and attention to do that and watching this video and doing the exercise if a great way of doing this.
After watching the video, take 10 mins or more, to write down your social circles. Simply draw the circles and names on a piece of paper or you can download and print this worksheet.
Stave 4: The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come
In this fourth episode, you meet The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come who takes you on a Time & Social Dimension Zoom-Out into the future, to consider what you would like your legacy to one year from now.
Do you have goals for next year? How will you get the most of of your time next year? Reflecting on these in terms of your legacy, your impact on your world and the people you love and value, is a powerful way of zooming-out on your goals. Stepping out of ourselves to view our legacy from the point of view of other people and not the narrow confines of ourselves adds additional power to this Zoom-Out exercise.
EXERCISE: After watching the video, take 10 mins or more, to write what you would like people to be saying about you next Christmas. Simply write this on a piece of paper or you can download and print this worksheet.
Stave 5: Christmas Morning – A New Dawn
Zoom-Out Christmas Cards
These Christmas-themed Zoom-Out cards accompany the above videos and exercises.
Narration by Rob Aston
Voices of the ghosts by Kev Tsai
Theme music by Rob Aston & Ilana Jacobs
Conceived and created by Rob Aston
Inspired by Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
Thank you to all of the people that have co-facilitated, dressed up and
acted in the face-to-face workshop in previous years
and to all of the people that have taken part.