How To Tap Into Your Sixth Sense
By: Jim Fannin
Recently I discussed the sixth sense in a blog post and the response was amazing. There were scores of readers that loved sharing their diverse experiences. Most wanted to know how to regularly hone this uncanny sense that most of us dismiss. Over and over I was asked, “How do I regularly attract the sixth sense in all aspects of my life?”
In 1998 I coached six Major League Baseball pitchers. They collectively reported to me 86 instances when they failed to listen to their intuitive sixth sense. This failure to act on their gut feeling or intuitive vibe cost them 92% of the time. In those instances, their failure to choose the correct pitch and pitch location by ignoring the correct tactics delivered by their intuition resulted in base hits and walks causing them to be removed from the game 1/3 of the time. After this short research was presented, all six pitchers increased their usage of a simple S.C.O.R.E.® Success System tool for attracting the Zone. Specifically they used this tool to defer to their sixth sense while ignoring logic and reason based on their experience and knowledge. This resulted in all having winning records and record-breaking statistics.
How do you tap into your sixth sense?
The answer lies in the power of the Zone. This is the mental state in which a person performing an activity (sports or non-sports) is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus with full involvement of the six senses while passionately executing the process. This type of complete absorption in what you do, where there are little or no future or past tense thoughts, is the Zone. It’s achievable by everyone.
The Zone is a “purposeful calm” feeling providing the belief that nothing can go wrong. This single purposed immersion represents the ultimate experience in harnessing all of your emotions while performing and or learning any task.
Colloquial terms for the Zone include: to be… in the moment, present, on a roll, treeing, wired in, on the beam, in blinders, honed, in the groove, in the trench, on fire, dialed in, piped, in rhythm, in the crosshairs, on target, in the flow, lasered in, locked in, raking, satori, in tune, cruisin’, in sync, synced up, enlightened, centered, or singularly focused.
While in the Zone all of your emotions are positive, energized and in total alignment with the task at hand. You are fully disciplined as to not allow any thought to enter and disturb this mindset. Your every move mentally and physically is purposeful and direct. Your confidence soars and is coupled with a spontaneous passion for being in the moment. Relaxation enters all of your muscles allowing them to follow the blueprint in your mind. This, in turn, assists the synchronization of all your muscle groups producing tangible results at the highest level.
When in the Zone, your mind is tight and your body is loose.
Your overall thoughts while in the Zone are compressed to 30-40% less quantity than normal. Less is definitely more. The mind-body balancing act of opposites challenges even the most seasoned professional athletes.
Lastly, with the conscious mind and body in total synchronization, the subconscious mind takes over the controls and delivers the sixth sense for your usage. Intuition is real-time information that your conscious mind does not possess. This sixth sense can gather pertinent data within your environment, including other subconscious minds, and bundle and deliver the information for your immediate action as in, “Get out of this car!” or “the next pitch is a slider on the outside corner.”
Less thought produces more intuition and thus, more productivity.
There are five intangible markers that, once balanced at a high state, will produce the Zone phenomenon and ultimately tap into the sixth sense. They are Self-discipline, Concentration, Optimism, Relaxation, and Enjoyment. To be in the Zone you are only as strong as the weakest link of S.C.O.R.E.®
Here is a simple “awareness focusing” technique that my clients use every day to balance these components and ultimately, attract the Zone. It’s simply called the S.C.O.R.E.® Check. In fact, I’ve used this 90-Second Rule™ tool to prepare for all my meetings, radio interviews and major speaking performances. I just used it before I walked into WGN-Radio studios for an hour show and several more live radio interviews today where my intuition needed to guide my performance.
Here’s my S.C.O.R.E.® Check just before my radio interview…
Self-discipline: Have I visualized how I want the show to unfold? Do I have well-defined goals? What do I want the listeners to think when the interview is over?
Concentration: Am I here now? Do I have 3-5 points to make?
Optimism: Do I expect a great interview? Do I believe in me?
Relaxation: Am I comfortable being here? Am I relaxed?
Enjoyment: Ready to have some fun? Am I enthused to be here?
If any answer is no, I would stop immediately and deal with it. Just the awareness of a low component of S.C.O.R.E.® solves it 90% of the time. This simple S.C.O.R.E.® Check took me less than 90-seconds.
How do you tap into your sixth sense?
Use the S.C.O.R.E.® Success System with the S.C.O.R.E.® Check tool to attract the Zone and let your intuition guide your performance. Check out my WGN-Radio performance. Was I in the Zone? What’s your intuition say?