As we continue our Think Clearly module, I want to ask you a few questions:
Have you ever been completely focused and absorbed in a task only to emerge an hour later and realize you just did some of your best thinking? Or gone for a run and settled into a rhythm so smooth time seems to disappear?
Just about everyone can identify with moments like this. Unfortunately, for most of us, these moments are rare and seem random. But when we explore the science of human performance, you’ll see that this flow state – “the zone” – is something you can achieve on demand, and it is a state you can control.
In the research literature “The Zone” is 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. The state where we are energized, motivated, focused, happy, and able to perform at our best.
The Peak Performance Zone exists between two extremes of low and high activation – and you can learn to get there! Knowing what you need – and how to ignite your body and mind to prepare for that demand – can help you build your own Peak Performance Zone. By taking some time to understand your own Peak Performance Zone, you can learn how to achieve your most productive mode in every area of your life.
Today's Power Up: Identify Your Zone Moments
THE FIRST STEP IS TO GET A SENSE OF YOUR ZONES BY THINKING ABOUT TIMES WHEN YOU WERE PRODUCTIVE, ENGAGED AND FULL OF ENERGY – EVEN IF THE ACTIVITY WAS LOW KEY – WHILE ALSO FEELING A SENSE OF TIMELESSNESS.
THIS IS YOUR PEAK PERFORMANCE ZONE.
MAKE A CLEAR LIST OF THOSE MOMENTS, TIMES, OR TASKS WHEN YOU WERE IN A STATE OF FLOW / IN THE ZONE. WE WILL BEGIN TO DECONSTRUCT THOSE MOMENTS IN THE UPCOMING POSTS TO SHOW YOU HOW YOU CAN ENTER THE ZONE ON DEMAND.
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