You will often hear people refer to The Zone or a Flow State. Essentially, these terms refer to the same phenomenon. They describe a state of complete concentration and total absorption. People often report that peak performances seem effortless. They seem to have more time, see things more clearly and find the performance easy…

Research into The Zone tells us that there are a number of consistent features. The zone is a state in which we are completely involved in an activity for its own sake. We lose ourselves in the task. We become immersed. Simply doing the activity becomes its own reward. Psychologists call this optimal intrinsic motivation, which refers to a state where our whole being is involved in the task. We are so focused on the activity that we have almost no way of being distracted. There is no spare attention for anything else. In fact, there is probably not enough attention to even focus on ourselves.

Simon Hartley, 2012, Peak Performance Every Time.