Are you in the zone?

While in my Sunday Spin class, about halfway through the hour-long routine, the instructor blurted out, “Are you the zone yet?”

The entire class was in a full on sweat, breathing heavy, and reveling in the high and intense motion of the workout.

He was suggesting that after the warm-up, and various up-down exercises, the body should be in that special place where everything comes together.

It reminded me of Rule #3 in my book, Confessions of a Serial Salesman, which suggests that the real challenge in life is to learn to LIVE “in the zone” on a daily basis.

I love to ask people, from time to time, if they have ever heard of being “In the zone”. Invariably they ask, “What does in the zone mean?”

For the average person, hitting all the green lights, walking into a line-free Starbucks, or arriving at the office and receiving that amazing call you have been waiting for would be examples of being “in the zone”. Everything just seems to go right and you feel euphoric!

I developed a system years ago that allows me to defend myself against all of the negative influences that we are being bombarded with by our surroundings.

I believe that if you could match the feeling of being in the zone with a number system, say a scale of one to ten, then each morning when you awoke, you could self asses yourself and figure out what number you would be.

What if you woke up and you were a 5?

The key to lifetime success is to understand whatever it is YOU need to do to go from a 5 to a 10.

Some exercise, some meditate, some listen to music, whatever it is, when you figure it out, you will start to live in the zone, and when you are in the zone, people notice and are attracted to you because of the emotion you are emitting.

As my friend Dan Lier says, “Everyone has something inside of them where they want to be the best they can be and maybe they don’t know how. So, learning specific tools and strategies can help get you to be better leaders, professionals, salespeople, husbands, and wives etc.….”.

I am often asked why someone would need to operate at a level ten. Why not accept where they are and be comfortable? Here is my answer:  Is it enough to be less than a ten with your kids and your family? Of course not. What about your job and your clients? Would it be okay for you to be less than a ten for your next prospect or your employees? Do you desire for them to see you at your very best? Being a ten is all about excellence and commitment.

The Zone is where Magic Happens. When you’re in the zone, you’ll know it. In the zone, you’re on fire. You know it and you can’t miss the mark. Common sense tells you that you cannot operate at that level every minute of every day. Some days you just don’t feel it and your mind is telling you that you can just fake it.

What you learn is that you set the standard of how you want to live your life.

Don’t let your surroundings and situation dictate how you show up.

“and that’s what Nudelberg says”….