The flow state is a mental state where a person is completely absorbed in the task at hand. Achieving this state can help people feel greater fulfillment, high energy, and involvement. Utterly absorbed in the present activity, and living in the moment unlocks the untapped potential.
When you are tired, but you barely notice, is when you can safely say that you have successfully stepped into the flow state. In this mental state, people are completely immersed in what they are doing. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, without skipping a beat. It usually occurs when passion meets the skills. Some of the attributes of flow are discussed below.
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The activity in itself is highly rewarding. The focus is not on chasing results but on the process. There are clear goals that, while challenging, are still attainable. The sweet balance is attained when the skill set required to achieve the set goals are well developed. Rather not knowing what is happening, people experience feelings of personal control over the situation and the outcome. People experience a lack of awareness of their physical needs because they are strongly concentrated and focused on making it happen. People experience timelessness, or a distorted sense of time, that involves feeling so focused on the present that you lose track of time passing.
Setting defined goals and eliminating distractions are the first two mandatory steps before getting into the desired state. It’s more difficult to experience flow if there are things in your environment competing for your attention. If challenges are too low, one gets back to flow by increasing them. If challenges are too great, one can return to the flow state by learning new skills. The balance is vital. Focus on trying to achieve flow while working on something you love that increases the chance of achieving the flow state.
Flow state is a dynamic state which keeps on changing as your skill set or level of challenges change. It is important to keep adjusting accordingly.
“Let it come. Let it go. Let it flow.”