Tennis players were the first athletes to call it the Zone. Now it’s a universal term.
Basketball players initially called it going unconscious. Sprinters call it tipping—when they feel they are levitating as they run and only the tips of their toes are barely brushing the track. Yet, no matter what sport an athlete plays, the descriptions of the phenomenon are remarkably similar.
The Zone is a magical period of perfection for an athlete. Some say it’s like finding an extra gear where they experience uncharacteristic surges of speed and strength. Almost everyone points to the extraordinary mental serenity, an inner stillness under the most demanding circumstances.
In all cases, time is reported to take on a different character. Fast-moving, intensely competitive events are experienced in slow motion. During these sublime moments, athletes feel transported to a new level, where they calmly perform in total freedom—able to do whatever they want, whenever they want.
In the Zone, an athlete is invincible.
The Zone is euphoric—so euphoric that those who experience it regard it as more wonderful than winning. For them, the Zone has become the goal of all their athletic endeavors.
I welcome you to this blog where playing from the Zone will be explored.
Hang on to your hats. We're in for a wild ride.