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Four Perspectives About 'Being in the Zone'


Images (2)I had breakfast the other day with a group of friends, and we spent the morning discussing what it meant to be ‘in the Zone’.  Interestingly, we had four very different perspectives.  One person came from a professional athletic perspective, another was a race car driver, another was a minister and then there was myself, a stock trader.  Let’s face it, by any one’s bench marks, we represented a wide spectrum of perspectives about what it takes to be ‘in the Zone’.

We bounced philosophically across a wide landscape, but surprisingly found common ground that is best described as “precise reality based upon factual truth.”  We finally settled upon the fact that anything that gets in the way of allowing one to embrace reality and the naked truth of the situation hinders attainment of the “zone”.


We discussed numerous barriers that stand in the way of this enlightenment.  Overconfidence can distort reality.  Known and unknown personal beliefs will filter the truth.  Stress can color a situation and paint false impressions.  Fear can lead to panic that diminishes clarity.  Denial in all its forms results in unreliable readings of a situation. 

Being too emotional leads to the dreaded four I’s:  Impulsiveness, Impatience, Indecisiveness and Inconsistency.  All of these distort one’s comprehension of the true facts.  Each of these can prevent you from truly seeing an unfiltered reality and therefore executing the most appropriate response for dealing with the existing reality as it presents itself.

In other words, the closer one is able to align his or her personal perceived reality with actual reality surrounding any event, the better the likely result.  The more your perspective is colored, biased and influenced by your own filters and emotional baggage, the less likely you are to accurately see reality as it unfolds and therefore less likely to be able to respond with the most appropriate tool kit and with precision and exactness. 

When your reality as a stock market trader matches the market’s reality, you will find yourself to be ‘in the Zone’.

Trade well; trade with discipline!
-- Gatis Roze


Gatis Roze
About the authors: , CMT, holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and is a past president of the Technical Securities Analysts Association (TSAA). He is also the co-author of Tensile Trading: The 10 Essential Stages of Stock Market Mastery (Wiley, 2016). A full-time investor for over 25 years, Gatis has taught sold-out investment courses throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond since 2000. Learn More

Grayson Roze
is the author of Trading for Dummies (Wiley, 2017) and Tensile Trading: The 10 Essential Stages of Stock Market Mastery (Wiley, 2016). He has worked in the financial services industry for since 2012, and now serves as the Business Manager for the company. He holds a Bachelor's degree from Swarthmore College. Learn More
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