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Just as some athletes are able to put themselves into a “zone” I believe we are all capable of achieving a similar goal; but in order to do so, we must possess a high sense of self-worth and follow paths in our lives that are not self-destructive.

Athletes who have experienced “the zone” will tell how suddenly everything seemed to appear in slow motion and they found themselves in what many describe as being on “automatic pilot” where everything flowed effortlessly. This is what I call a “Deep Zone.” But there’s also a “Surface Zone.”

I believe non-athletes can achieve the Surface Zone but in order to do so they must be leading a righteous life, their lives must be in harmony, they must have a strong belief in a higher power, they must not withhold their feelings and emotions, they must not engage in any kind of self-destructive behavior such as substance or alcohol abuse, and they must be loving, caring individuals with a high sense of inner-self.

When they achieve this state, the Psycho Self-Imagery process will take over and events will follow a flow, with positive “things” beginning to happen in their lives.

I’ve been doing some research related to what happens in an athlete’s life that precedes their entering “the zone.”  I once had the experience myself while playing handball when, during the game (I was playing against a much better player than I) everything suddenly shifted into slow motion.  Those of you who have ever played handball will understand the following:  For ten consecutive points I would serve, my opponent would return the serve, and I would fly kill the ball to end the point.  This happened ten straight times and then suddenly, it left me as quickly as it had arrived.  I often thought that because of that feeling I had actually elevated my game to a new level since after that game, I noticed my skill as a handball player improved considerably.  When trying to determine exactly what caused it, the only thing I could trace it to was that for the previous two nights I had gotten very little sleep.

I once read in a book about sports performance that some athletes related being in the zone immediately after a time in their personal lives when everything was in a state of disarray as a result of their having experienced some type of issue or trauma or emotional upheaval.  This was similar to my experience, but not exactly.  No trauma.  I’d be interested to know if anyone reading this has ever performed “in the zone” and what they believe may have triggered it.  Please send your comments to marv@mindoversports.com.  I’d love to hear from you.  And I promise not to use your quote or mention your name in my column without your permission.


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