When we are in “the zone”, we are totally focused on what we’re doing and fully engaged with the task at hand. We are focused on taking the best path to achieve our outcome. For those of us who trade this way, we fully understand the benefits both personally and financially of such a powerful state.
I think most of us pop into and out of the zone on a regular basis without really understanding what gets us there and keeps us there.
The best way enter the zone is to purposely focus our attention on things we can control like following procedures. You can easily enter the zone when you “desire” to perform well, focus on doing the right things and let it happen.
One of the best ways to leave the zone is to turn our focus to things we cannot control like the outcome of the performance. The reality is that it is nearly impossible to enter the zone if we “need” to perform well. When a trader “needs” to make money for example, it becomes difficult to stay focused on the execution of trade plans and proper risk management, what we can control, versus focusing on market movement and their p/l, which we cannot control. This drives our attention away from performance and creates anxiety and stress which will immediately drop us out of the zone.
Being in the zone REQUIRES that we have a certain level of control over what we’re doing. So to get in the zone focus on doing the best with what you can control and just let the outcome happen.
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