What frequently gets in the way of peak performance in life is this incessant internal dialogue that we give so much attention and importance to. Conscious mind chatter. We all have references for times when we’ve been really nervous, in our heads maybe commentating on how lousy our performance is, how hard something is, feeding ourselves thoughts of insecurity and self doubt or maybe just distracted and thinking about something completely unrelated to the task at hand Maybe you’ve tuned out in a lecture, meeting or conversation and missed something really important.
Well, here’s the thing, when you can get out of your head and into your whole body, be fully present in the moment, use all of your senses, have all of your attention on the outside, and be unconsciously responsive to your environment, this magic thing called FLOW is possible.
Flow, often described as being in “The Zone” is an optimal state of consciousness where we perform at our best, a state of peak performance where all of your attention is outside of you, fully immersed and engaged in whatever activity you are doing. It is a state for high performance, accelerated learning, and greater connection PLUS it’s an antidote to anxiety. Magic, right?
During a state of flow there is a massive neurochemical dump of performance enhancing chemicals that make you faster, stronger and more creative. It is a state of accelerated learning where you can take in enormous amounts of information, your pattern recognition skills go through the roof, lateral thinking skyrockets and you process information at a much faster rate.
Any athlete who has competed at high levels will usually have references for what it is like to be in flow or in the zone. Some state of consciousness they entered on the field where they pulled off some incredible feat, made an impossible shot and then maybe it passed as quickly as it came.
Well, what if you could access flow states any time you wanted, in any context, for as long as you wanted? Just set the intention to be in flow, and you’re there.
What might be possible for you if you had this kind of superpower?
Where do you imagine you would be most eager to use this superpower first?