What is “The Zone”?
“The Zone” is when you are so focused you perform at your best with little effort. Unfortunately, these moments might seem rare and random. However, there are some tricks you can use to enter your zone on demand.
TODAY’S EXERCISE: IDENTIFY YOUR ZONE MOMENTS
1. Think about times when you were engaged, motivated, focused, happy, and full of energy. For example:
A time when you were completely focused and absorbed in your exercise only to emerge an hour later and realize you just did some of your best training.
During a competition in which your mind quieted down and you were able to perform at a level you never knew you were capable of until that moment.
2. Make a clear list of these moments in the “Identify your zone moments” exercise on page 13 of your Athlete Workbook.
3. Later, we will discuss how you can learn to enter this state on demand.
More on the zone
Have you ever been completely focused and absorbed in your exercise only to emerge an hour later and realize you just did some of your best training? Or during a competition in which your mind quieted down and you were able to perform at a level you never knew you were capable of until that moment?
“The Zone” is also known as the Ideal Performance State (IPS). When our activation is low, we lack motivation, interest and energy. When our activation is high, we are agitated, anxious, stressed or tense. But somewhere between these two activation states (either too activated or not activated enough) there lies the magical ideal performance state.
Unfortunately, these moments might seem rare and random. But “The Zone” is something you can achieve on demand.
The key is to build a picture of your ideal performance state so that you can trigger that state by acting like you did when you were in it. From there, the thoughts and feelings will follow. And if you get distracted and are acting in a way that isn’t optimal, take control. Make some changes. Breathe your way into it. Move differently, think differently, transition to a different emotional state.
The information and advice provided in this program is intended to assist you with improving your performance, as well as your general health. It is intended to compliment your training plan and not instead of guidance from your coach. It should also not be used in place of advice from a doctor or for treatment or diagnosis of any specific health issue. By participating in this program you assume any risks, and that you release Impactic Sport from any responsibility or claim relating to such participation.