GETTING INTO A STATE OF “FLOW” RIGHT NOW IS PERHAPS MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER

May 17, 2021

It has been a roller coaster of a year due to the alleged pandemic. Everybody seems to be affected either directly or indirectly. So far, we have had very little influence on all the new rules, regulations, and even laws passed and implemented this year due to the pandemic. So we don’t know what is coming next, which can be quite unsettling for some when your life is affected by it.

But the one thing that you can influence and be in charge of is your state of mind. So, despite the pandemic or whatever else is happening in your life, your state of mind is vital to how you experience life, no matter the situation.

This might not be easy to influence for some, but I have helped many people take charge of their emotions and state of mind. And how to induce flow states; this is a wonderful state to be in. It is a state where time, hunger and temperature hardly exist. You are so immersed in what you are doing you are in a state of ´flow´ where you can perform at extraordinary levels, a very enjoyable state of creativity and excellence.

Before I tell you more about flow states, let’s acknowledge that the silly season is about to start. This time of year, we’re awash with tips and tricks to help us stick to our resolutions—lose those pounds, save those dollars, land that job, stay positive during this pandemic, be productive working at home, etc. The problem is that the same “you” make those resolutions.

All that’s changed were a few digits on the calendar, yet somehow, we’re convinced that this time all will be different… Well… good luck. Even though some 40% of us set New Year’s resolutions, according to research done at Harvard, less than 8% manage to keep them. This year, though, instead of hoping that the regular old you will come up with some miraculous new results, let’s try a different approach.

Let’s take next year, 2021, with a different, more profound approach that can get you what you want instead of struggling or just dreaming about it.

Consider how you spend your time. How many things do you get done during an average day? An average week? Now imagine being five times more productive —meaning you can accomplish on Monday what it used to take you all week to do.

Also, imagine that you’re learning faster than ever before. How much faster? This number varies a little (as we’ll see in a moment), but the staggering results of more recent research are somewhere between 200 per cent faster and 500 per cent more quickly. Then, top this up with massively amplified creativity and a significant and permanent boost in overall life satisfaction. 

Does all this sound far too magical to be believed? Absolutely. But, as Thomas Pynchon once wrote: “Sure, this is magic, but not necessarily fantasy.” 

The secret at the heart of this magic is a state of consciousness known to researchers as “flow.” You may see this state by other names: runner’s high, being in the zone, being unconscious, being in the pocket, the forever box—and on and on. The vocabulary is endless. The experience is unforgettable.

Inflow, our attention is so laser-focused that all else falls away. Action and awareness merge. Times flies. Self vanishes. And all aspects of performance go through the roof. Technically, flow is defined as a peak state of consciousness where we feel our best and perform our best.

Sensationally, flow is an accurate descriptor. In the state, as psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (who coined the term “flow”) told Wired, “every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz.” Flow is a thoroughly transformational experience.

Much research shows that we’re more confident, capable, and aware on the other side of the state. Even better, as was learned from one of the most extensive psychological studies ever conducted, the people with the most flow in their lives are the happiest on Earth. Finally, as those earlier numbers hinted, flow’s effects on performance are both authentic and astounding.

In a 10-year McKinsey study, top executives reported five times more productive in flow. Spending Monday in flow means you can take the rest of the week off and still get more done than your steady-state peers. While most of us spend less than five per cent of our work life in flow, if that number could be nudged up closer to 20 per cent, according to that same McKinsey study, overall workplace productivity would almost double. That’s staggering. And the learning research is more of the same. In studies from brick-and-mortar schools to electronic learning environments (e-learning, video games, etc.), scientists have found direct and significant correlations between flow states and higher learning attitudes and outcomes.

When Australian researchers tested flow’s impact on creative problem-solving abilities with a tricky brain teaser, none of their subjects could solve it. But some 40 per cent solved the puzzle when the flow was induced artificially.

Flow is the key to more significant life experiences, performance, enjoyment, and personal success; therefore, having more flow in your life is not a luxury. You can also access it more often if you wish.

It makes an experience genuinely satisfying when a state of consciousness is reached that creates flow. During flow, people experience deep enjoyment, creativity, and total involvement with life. Furthermore, this positive state can be controlled, not just left to chance. Flow: The psychology of optimal experience teaches how, by ordering the information that enters our consciousness, we can discover true happiness and significantly improve the quality of our lives.

Getting into a flow state does not happen ‘by accident’; you can proactively put yourself in a flow state.

I coach people on accessing flow states more frequently and for extended periods; the results are amazing! So, it might be time for you to experience more flow in your life and for more extended periods.

Imagine how that will look, sound, and feel and how this will impact your life. So perhaps in 2021, the outcome will be more flow in your life!

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