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Peak Performance

by Karlene (Sugarman) Pick, M.A.

In the flow, in a groove, on a roll, in the zone - whatever you call it, it's all defining one thing. It's that special feeling of playing like you can do no wrong and everything goes your way. You are so involved in what you are doing that nothing else seems to matter because you are so connected to your task.

Unfortunately, these peak performances don't seem to happen often enough. In fact, every time it does happen, it is usually by chance, it just happened to be a day when everything fell into place, clicked for you, and you got a taste of what it's like to be in the zone. It's kind of like getting a taste of the good life. Hopefully this occurrence will motivate you to do everything you can to have more peak performances.

By implementing mental training skills and working effectively as a team, you can increase the chances of this transpiring on a more consistent basis and you will be able to be in the zone as one harmonious unit. Being in the zone means doing more than anyone else thought possible, even superseding your own expectations at times. This zone is the definitive reason why many people are motivated to participate in sports.

Characteristics of being IN THE ZONE

Suceess in sports requires your mind and your body and as an athlete it is very important to have a clear mental picture of what it is you are striving for. By taking some time to think about peak performances you have had in the past, you make sure they happen more often!

[Adapted from Chapter 1 of Winning the Mental Way, by Karlene Sugarman, M.A.—for more information please contact Karlene at karlenesugarman@gmail.com].


Karlene is a Mental Training Consultant and works with athletes and teams teaching mental training techniques and team building strategies. She works with athletes in sports such as golf, skating, swimming, tennis and gymnastics; baseball, softball, basketball, volleyball, soccer, and others. Karlene is also the co-founder of Pick and Foyle Consulting, providing mental skills training for teams and athletes. She is an Adjunct Professor in the Sport Psychology Program at John F. Kennedy University. She is the author of the book, Winning the Mental Way: A practical guide to team building and mental training. She is also a member of the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) and a member of IDEA Health & Fitness Association.


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