MODULE 6:

FLOW

Module 6 — FlowCurt Mercadante
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Get in the Flow!

Listen to the above audio to jump into this module.

Each module will have an audio file (see above) in which I go into more detail on each module, along with some activities for you to follow, along with text to help provide more context. 

We’re almost there!

It’s time to bring everything you’ve done to this point together to put yourself in a perpetual state of FLOW. You may know “flow” by that feeling you’re “in the zone.”

When you can lose track of time because you are so immersed in an activity.

When you’re in a state of flow, things come more easily to you.  You flow — just like unimpeded water.

The concept of flow has been popularized by psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, author of Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience.

 

Csikszentmihalyi lists six factors as encompassing an experience of flow:

1. Intense and focused concentration on the present moment

2. Merging of action and awareness

3. A loss of reflective self-consciousness

4. A sense of personal control or agency over the situation or activity

5. A distortion of temporal experience, one's subjective experience of time is altered

6. Experience of the activity as intrinsically rewarding, also referred to as autotelic experience


The great news is that the work you’ve done in this course to date can help put you in a state of flow.

Having a clear sense of your life’s vision, along with clearly defined outcomes, can help give you that sense of personal control in your life, focus on action and awareness, and engage in experiences that are “intrinsically rewarding.”

By using your strengths every day you put yourself in what is known as the “strengths zone.” When you’re in this strengths zone, it’s much easier to be in a state of flow, since you’re working on activities in a way that is easiest to you, using the talents with which you were born.

Aligning your life allows you to focus on those activities you love, accomplishing the outcomes you desire, using your superpowers to get there.

Here is your final activity:

  • Think back to a day over the past several months where you were “at your best.” A day in which everything seemed to “flow” — in which you lost track of time because you were so deeply immersed in an activity you cared about. A day in which you came home, sat down, and felt energized instead of worn out.

  • Now, write down the specific activities you did that day.

  • What activities did you engage in that allowed you to use your Superpowers?

  • What activities did you NOT engage in that day that allowed you to focus on your superpowers, rather than working within your “weakness zone” all day?

  • What can you do to make a “cookie cutter” of that day and begin using it as a roadmap to work in your strengths zone, live your vision, achieve key outcomes and get yourself in a state of flow every single day?

Listen to the audio above for more context.