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February 15 , 2008

Back to the Zone

Sport and Inner Experiences


For athletes in any sport: a guide to entering “the Zone” at will

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“The Zone” is that quasi-mystical state achieved only rarely by athletes, when everything flows effortlessly and you can do no wrong. Unfortunately, we enter the Zone seemingly at random, when it is least expected.

The great hope of all competitors is to be able to summon the Zone at will. Toward this end, Back to the Zone breaks the Zone down into its many components and helps the athlete optimize each one: balance, absorption, clarity, feedback, concentration, control, loss of self-consciousness, imagination, positive thoughts, energy, self-esteem, meditation, and quiet mind. Ultimately, Damien Lafont shows us that reaching the Zone is more about freeing our mind from the unnecessary rather than learning new techniques and concepts.

This is a short, clear, practical guide for athletes in all sports. With it the golfer or the baseball player, the runner or the swimmer, the tennis player or the cyclist will all reach new levels of performance, and will find themselves “in the Zone” more often.



“Every athlete must go beyond; transcend the barriers of pain, mind and fear.  Here, they reach a holy land within themselves that gives the athlete the gift and power of feeling oneness—a connectedness. Every athlete and person has the ability to experience this grand unity and I applaud anyone who reads this book and is inspired to allow this true and natural experience for themselves.”

Catherine Louise Birmingham, international equestrian rider, coach, and author of Ride for Life: Three Golden Principles for Riders


“Words often feel inadequate to describe the quasi-mystical state of ‘being in the Zone.’ Damien Lafont’s Back to the Zone remarkably achieves a new level of understanding, insightfully using the voices of those who experienced it, blending them as in a Bach fugue, as in a collective jazz improvisation. Reading this book, we feel closer to it, we feel it.”

Marco Iacoboni, professor, UCLA, and author of Mirroring People: The Science of Empathy and How We Connect with Others



Damien Lafont, Ph.D., is a Certified Mental Trainer® based in Southern California. After working at the prestigious NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Dr. Lafont decided to commit himself to performance enhancement. He has worked with Olympic, professional, college, and amateur athletes. He trains any performer who seeks excellence and harmony between mind, body and spirit. He is also author of several books about sport, consciousness, and spirituality. Visit his website at

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