5 tips for being”In the zone” as Leaders

March 24th, 2011 by Gallagher John 1 Comment

As a basketball player, there is no better individual feeling than being “in the zone”.  Shooting the ball into the hoop is no longer a challenge. Getting open is easy, the defense seems to moves slower than normal, and most importantly, there is an extremely high level of focus and confidence that is a part of being in the zone.

My question is, as leaders, can we be “in the zone”?  I believe we can.  Here are 5 tips for putting yourself “in the zone” as a leader:

1) Work in your area of giftedness – Too often we are told “we can be anything we want to be if we just work hard”.  Well, that is just not the case.  I can work really hard at playing basketball, but at 6’3″ , I am probably NOT going to be able to work hard enough to get into the NBA. 

2) Practice – You cannot be in the zone if you don’t continuously learn and apply.  From a leadership perspective, this means learning from others by reading good books, attending seminars, following other leaders’ blogs like Michael Hyatt, and then applying 1 or 2 of those things you learn.

3) Develop Discipline – Discipline is doing what you need to do, when you need to do it…even when you DON’T WANT to do it.  Develop daily, weekly, and monthly disciplines that will move you forward.

4) Have Written Goals – If you don’t know where you are going, you likely will never get there.  Set measurable goals for yourself and write them down. 

5) Find a good coach – I have been working with a Life/Business coach from Building Champions for over 8 years now.  His friendship and accountability have helped me immensely.

Do you know how to get “in the zone” as a leader?  What are the things you do to get and stay there?