The Secret to Getting in the Zone

What do Michael Jordan, Gabby Douglas, Dustin Hoffman, Serena Williams, Steph Curry, Misty Copeland, Usain Bolt, Rafael Nadal, Jason Kidd, and Michael Phelps have in common?

They all have a special formula to get in the zone for peak performance.

In performance environments, there are things you can control and things you can’t.

  • You can’t control the competition, the weather, or the audience.
  • You can control your thoughts, attitudes, and actions.

A pre-performance routine is a great way to increase consistency, confidence and control. Many athletes and performers already have a pre-performance routine (whether they know it or not).  Is your current pre-performance routine (or lack thereof) contributing to your nerves and inconsistency?  What needs to be changed or added to get you in the zone for competition?

Your pre-performance routine is where all of your mental skills come together.  It takes time to build, practice, and perfect.  Once you have it in place, it allows you to control the controllables and stay focused and relaxed before and during competition.


It’s what you do and think before you perform.  Sounds pretty obvious, I know.  Everyone does something before they go out on the field, stage, court, etc.

It starts the week before

  • What do you do to prepare mentally and physically?
  • What kinds of thoughts go through your head?

Then the night before

  • What do you eat?
  • How do you sleep?
  • What do you think about when you lie in bed before a big event?

On the day of the event…

  • What do you do and think?
  • What about when you arrive at the venue?
  • When it’s time to go on?
  • At critical moments?
  • After mistakes?

All of those things have an effect on how well you perform.

The secret to consistency is finding what works for you,

then doing the same thing, every time.


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