Flow State

What is Flow State?

It’s known by other names like being in the zone, in the pocket. It’s that moment when time slows down or speeds up, when things are effortless and smooth. It is the state of peak performance. Flow state is found in sports, writing, music, business and more. It can be found in many facets of life where creativity is present and it is something that can take you to the next level of performance and creativity.

I compare Flow state to going Super Saiyan like in Dragon Ball Z. Super Saiyan is basically flow state, it is a state of high performance, you can work really hard to get there. You can’t force it, but you can facilitate it. There are also levels to it. Flow state when writing might not be the same as when you’re Downhill mountain biking.

The Flow Genome Project is an organisation dedicated to understanding the flow state. They have a great website that defines and presents information on flow state and they have an awesome free flow profiler that you can use to help find the things that put you into flow state.

How do you get into flow?

I first learnt about flow from The Art of Learning. I experienced it before this playing sport and the most intense experience I had with flow was with rock climbing, but the book was the first time it was defined for me. More importantly the book has a chapter called building your trigger, which is about building your trigger to get into flow state. This book is a worthwhile read and I recommend it to everyone. You can get it here if you’re in SA and here if you’re in the rest of the world.

The book gives you the tools to understand your process and build your tools to get to peak performance more easily. The Flow profiler on the Flow Genome Project gives you insight into how to trigger it.

Flow is something we are just beginning to understand and it could be the key to peak levels of performance and creativity. If we can unlock it we can unlock new levels of ability we did not know we had. Find your zone and expand what you’re capable of. Be a more Capable Human.

More resources:

This podcast with Steven Kotler of the Flow Genome Project is filled with info and insight if you want to know more about flow.