Whether you are a salesperson, manager, entrepreneur, trial attorney, weekend warrior, or professional athlete, you often need an edge to perform to your full potential.
If you know how to get into the zone and stay there, you will definitely have the edge or edge you need to win, beat your competition, and perform to your fullest potential.
What is the area?
You are safe, relaxed, focused and living in the present. Furthermore, there is a sense of enjoyment, her actions seem automatic and easy, and there is a growing belief that her dreams can come true.
It is interesting to note that the zone is parallel and coincides with a hypnotic state of mind.
Thirty-one tools that you must use effectively to stay in the area
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 help athletes, coaches and parents of athletes understand the elements that make up the area. Readers of this article will also understand what are the common barriers to entering the area.
Here are the questions.
Simply rate yourself 1 through 10 on each of the questions.
You can use ratings from zero to ten and you can use decimal points. Ten is the highest grade you can get a zero is the lowest grade.
How safe do you feel?
How relaxed do you feel?
How focused do you feel?
How well have you been practicing?
How strong do you feel?
How well do you sleep the night before a competition?
Are your eating, sleeping, and exercise patterns in balance with each other?
How much fun do you have when you compete?
Can you calm self-criticism?
Do you engage in positive internal dialogue?
Are you able to turn off distractions?
Are you able to stay in the present?
Do you have pre-shot routines that you use constantly?
Do you follow and eat a regimen that makes sense for your body and your sport?
Is it possible for you to kepp relax your mind and trust to your body?
Can you calm your mind to focus on one thing?
Are you injury free?
Are you able to control any interpersonal or stressful problem?
Do you use a simple mantra, phrase, or melody to reset your mind and body before, during, and after competition?
Do you know how to recover from a loss, a setback or a fall?
For young athletes: how is your relationship with your parents?
In the last ninety days, Have you seen yourself on video ?
Are you grateful for your opportunity to master a sport or skill?
Do you have a technique to move from suffocation to the area?
Are you having fun competing and practicing?
Do you set measurable goals and objectives in the short and long term?
If you are a religious or spiritual person, do you use prayer as part of your training and as part of your pregame routine?
How well do you handle the ups and downs that are part of any challenge?
How is your relationship with your coaches, teammates and colleagues?
Do you practice meditation, visualization, guided imagery, or visualization before you compete and when you practice?
If you discover weaknesses that are making you lose matches and tournaments, you should develop strategies and techniques to overcome these deficiencies.
It is difficult to make these kinds of changes on your own. A sports psychologist, coach, or mentor can often be quite helpful in building confidence, reducing anxiety, improving focus, and showing you how to enter the area more frequently.
If your scores are very low, you can probably benefit from some type of counseling, mental resistance training, or self-hypnosis training.