Getting into “The Zone”

Being in “The Zone” implies increased focus and attention which allow for higher levels of performance. It often includes a feeling where you appear to be seeing things in slow motion. Others describe it as forgetting themselves and being completely immersed in what they are doing.

Most people have experienced being in “The Zone” at some point in their lives. It can happen in all areas of life, not just in athletics. Surgeons, actors, salespeople, janitors, gamers and many others have all experienced this feeling.

There are many books and articles that have been written on how to get into “The Zone,” and although I find most of them interesting, I also find them to be counter-productive. You will also find many books and articles on how to “Fall in Love,” but they share the same problem in my humble opinion. Being in “The Zone” and “Falling in Love” are feelings you experience when certain things are in alignment. They are not a skill or trade that can be taught.

So, you may be asking yourself: If it is something that can’t be taught and all those books and articles are counter-productive, why am I still writing about getting into “The Zone?” This is a great question.

The answer is that, even though I cannot teach you how to get into “The Zone,” I do have a few suggestions that will likely increase your odds of finding yourself in it more often. It’s all about controlling the things that are within your control.

Firstly, do not think about or try to be in “The Zone.” My problem with the books and articles that purport being able to help you find “The Zone” or “Love” is that looking for either almost guarantees you will not find them. All of my clients strive to perform in “The Zone” but I have NEVER seen or heard about anyone who stated that they wanted to be or were going to be in “The Zone,” who experienced it on that day.

You don’t find “The Zone” or “Love” they find you. The first rule about getting into “The Zone” is: We don’t ever think about “The Zone!”

Secondly, work diligently on your craft, as the more prepared you are, the more likely “The Zone” will find you. I can guarantee that if you do not take the necessary steps and put in the work to develop your skills, “The Zone” will not find you.

Finally, you have to prepare so well that you have complete trust in yourself and your preparation.

That’s it, forget “The Zone” exists, prepare like you care, and trust your preparation and yourself. These three steps will assure that it finds you on as many occasions as possible. Make all three your habits and you may be that rare person who “The Zone” finds on a regular basis.


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