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Old 09-23-2012, 12:49 AM   #14
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"Donít force the flow. When you push, things tend to push back."

There are various techniques for improving your chances of achieving a "flow state" or "getting into the zone". One significant prerequisite for most people is getting a good/quality night's sleep. Meditation or visualization can also be employed to facilitate a flow state. Here are some other ideas for "getting into the zone":

http://mindsportlive.com/Articles/Ar...?articleId=236
http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2012/03/how_...your_zone.html
http://www.active.com/softball/artic..._The_Zone_.htm

While not for everyone, I will sometimes ingest 1/2 serving of a no-sugar energy shot (like 5-Hour Energy) and then perform 15-20 minutes of cardio before heading over to the court. This, with a good tennis warmup, will often bring on a peak performance.
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