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Letting Go of Hard Work to Win

Updated: Mar 8, 2021

In the last post, we told you about the Zone.

When you are in a session and you enter the Zone, you are graceful and agile.

The Zone is the place where everything flows naturally, you are unstoppable, you are filled with grace and it all becomes so easy. Winning is a natural thing when you are in the Zone, it is inevitable. When you learn to recognize the things that keep you out of the zone, you get into it and take mastery of your skills and get better faster. It’s a matter of awareness and focus, of keeping your attention on the things that make you better at the moves.

What are the things that keep you out of The Zone?

Here’s the first one. It’s the one that you might think you really need: Hard work. When you start believing in hard work, it’s the opposite of the Zone. The Zone is easy. Let go of hard work, and flow with your inner strengths in the Zone.

When you are in the Zone, you know it. It’s fluid, you know what to do without thinking about it or a bunch of extra effort. It’s the exact opposite of hard work. When you are in the Zone, you are accepting the situation and moving into it without feeling that you need to force a result by means of your will. Instead, you are using the tools you learned through repetition and they come to you naturally without you needing to think about them. They are a part of you.

At Competitive Edge we teach you the value of consistent practice so that your skills are embedded in your being and they are not hard work. Then as you step into mastery and into the Zone, you get the results you want. We don’t teach you that what you are learning is hard work.

Hard work is pain. Hard work is sacrifice, a belief in paying a price to have success. When you have that hard work idea in your mind it makes your work not as good. The idea of hard work creates a barrier between you and the moment you are in. Then your actions in the session are weighted by an idea instead of allowing your skills to flow through you. The session does not go as well as it might have without that idea of hard work.

It makes it heavy or forced, and when you step back and look at it you see that it is not as good. You notice that it wasn’t such a great product that you produced. It wasn’t such a great session that you engaged in.

With consistent practice, you learn to enter the Zone and make every session shine. You have made and followed through on the commitment to your skills, so it’s not hard work when you enter the session. It’s you, entering the Zone in your natural mastery.

Send us an email to And let us know what city you are in. If we don’t have an academy in your city, we have a network of friends, and we can put you in touch with what you need: professional support for a competent, structured, effective martial arts program.

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