You’ve probably experienced flow, and didn’t know it. Flow is that feeling of being totally in the groove, where time seems to stand still, you’re totally immersed in what you’re doing, your surroundings seem to slip away, and you achieve inner clarity. During flow, you find yourself lost in total concentration and focus, where your skills are challenged but adequate to the task. Time and reality seem to recede.
According to psychology professor Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, the architect of “flow,” a state of flow is an integral part of our intrinsic motivation and of feeling happy. No flow, no happiness! I recently read Daniel Pink’s book Drive, about what motivates people. Both Pink and Csikszentmihalyi state that people are able to attain happiness in their work and/or personal life when they are able to achieve flow. People often enter states of flow when they are enjoying a favorite activity like running, chess, swimming, hiking or painting.
Many new entrepreneurs may find themselves entering and then leaving this state often, as they build their businesses from nothing into something, from a series of thought processes to actual fruition.
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Here’s more on Flow:
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi at TED 2004
Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience
By Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
By Daniel Pink