Everyone wants to perform in the zone, or in flow, but to nearly everyone, it is an “X-factor” because it is elusive, a mystery and people don’t know HOW to be in the zone consistently.
To me, the zone is our natural state. It is a state of no thought (at least we don’t realize we are thinking) and a clear mind. Or as my friend, Garret Kramer calls it, “Stillpower,” which is also the name of his great book. It’s the opposite of “will power” i.e., trying, grinding or pushing through. The zone is a state of ease and freedom and a place where we have access to all of our instincts, wisdom and well-being.
Now let’s talk about what the zone is not, or in other words, a losing streak or slump.
I was once talking to a top baseball prospect in the clubhouse before a game and he confided in me that earlier that season he was in a big slump. During that slump, he tried fixing his grip. He tried fixing his stance. And he tried fixing his swing.
Then one day, he just said to himself, “You know what? Screw it.” He stopped “trying” to fix his game.
Well, that same night he broke out of his slump.
He went back to just playing, instead of fighting the slump or trying to fix things.
When we take a step back and let our minds naturally clear, we have access to everything we need. And we have access to our natural state…the zone.
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