Do you know this feeling of being really in the flow? For me this is the magic of writing:
Space and time to forget about everything and to go deep into your core, to be in the moment. Magical. But what is “being in the flow” anyway, what does it have to do with motivation and how do you get it right? Read more in this article.
In a world where we are constantly distracted and everything around us is so hectic and fast-paced, it can sometimes be difficult not to lose focus. Over time we have adapted to the pace of society and learned that we have to react and act immediately. Every incoming message, email or phone call. The problem? We are torn out of our focus, and we have to find ourselves anew afterwards. This makes it all the more difficult to get back into our concentrated state and get back into flow.
Even the Swiss psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung knew that as soon as he needed concentration, he preferred to move to his country house by the lake. To write, he needed peace and quiet and a place to retreat. Charles Darwin also often crossed this estate and called it his “way of thinking”. Both created a place of rest for themselves. And this is exactly the secret for the Flow condition!
So what exactly happens in the flow state?
In the flow state, all attention is focused on a task in which you completely dissolve and forget everything around you. It can be a project, a hobby or ideally your work. There is no room for doubts and everyday problems.
According to the psychologist Professor Csíkszentmihályi, the flow state leads to the fact that we can perceive ourselves much better and feel stronger. Through the harmony we experience in our body and mind, we strengthen our potentials and can grow much more personally. We feel motivation and joie de vivre! As soon as the flow state becomes part of our life, we are much happier and more fulfilled in everyday life. Csíkszentmihályi has established the following prerequisites:
Requirements to reach the Flow State
- The task is challenging and you know that you can master it with the help of your strengths.
- You’re focused and everything around you fades out.
- Your objectives are clear.
- You get feedback on your task afterwards
- (However, don’t let the ego overpower you and focus on the end result, not the rating of others).
- You’re going to be in the same position as the task.
- You keep the feeling of control.
- You’re losing track of time.
Tips to get into the flow
Getting rid of everything Unnecessary
In order for you to be completely relaxed in the flow, you must let your mind go of your common tasks! This is the only way to make room for relaxation.
Create resting places where you can retreat. Once you have found this place, it is likely that this place will have a special effect on you and that you will come into the Flow when you go on it.
Is there any kind of music that you especially like? Listen to it! Maybe one or the other song inspires you to get into the flow.
Take a Walk
Nothing’s working anymore – get out! Take a break and try again afterwards.
Meditate before you start! This helps to get a clearer and calmer mind and better concentration.
Now that you are a professional in getting your mind ready to the Flow, we wish you a lot of fun getting into it! Enjoy and leave a comment below about your experience!
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