If you’re a sales person, a manager, an entrepreneur, a trial lawyer, a weekend warrior or a professional athlete, you frequently need an edge to perform to your fullest potential.
If you know how to get into the zone and stay there, you definitely will have the edge or advantage you need to win, beat your competition and perform to you fullest potential.
What Is The Zone?
In short, the zone is a state of relaxed concentration where there is no self-criticism. You are confident, relaxed, focused and living in the present. Furthermore, there is a sense of enjoyment, your actions seem automatic and easy and there is an increased belief that your dreams can become realities.
It is interesting to note that the zone parallels and matches a hypnotic state of mind.
Thirty One Tools You Need To Use Effectively To Stay In The Zone
The author has worked with thousands of world class athletes, young athletes and weekend warriors. He has evaluated and helped Olympic champions.
Below you will find a simple questionnaire and rating system that can athletes, coaches and parents of athletes to understand the elements which comprise the zone. Readers of this article will also understand what the common barriers are to getting into the zone.
Here are the questions.
Simply rate yourself from 1-10 on each of the questions.
You can use ratings from zero to ten and you can use decimal points. Ten is the highest rating you can get a zero is the lowest rating.
“Ideally, I like to see athletes with scores of 8.5 on most of the above. Being eighty five per cent ready, is usually enough to produce fine performances. So, a perfect score on this test is about 263.5 If you get this score, there is a good chance that you are in a mental frame of mind that will allow you to perform well.
If you discover weaknesses that are causing you to lose matches and tournaments, you need to develop strategies and techniques to overcome these deficiencies.
It is hard to make these kinds of changes on your own. A sport psychologist, coach or mentor can often be quite helpful in building confidence, reducing anxiety, improving focus and in showing you how to enter the zone more often.
If your scores are very low, you can probably benefit from some counseling, mental toughness training or training in self-hypnosis.