In positive psychology, a flow state, also known colloquially as being in the zone, is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. In essence, flow is characterized by complete absorption in what one does, and a resulting independence of one’s sense of space and time.
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Flow state is something we all strive to achieve even though we are often vaguely even aware of what we are actually doing. Nonetheless, the level of focus and hyperawareness unlocked by achieving “flow” is intoxicating when it is felt. The concept of “how did they do that?” moves from fantasy into reality.
What this means is the harder we get out there and work smart at something we are motivated about, the better we will become at performing within that skill set. It is kind of simple if we think about it. When we dedicate ourselves to practicing something until we finally get it right, we advance from amateur to dedicated. When we practice something and learn the process so much we not only get it right but rarely get it wrong we advance from dedicated to expert level.
That’s Flow State
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Csikszentmihályi, M.; Abuhamdeh, S. & Nakamura, J. (2005), “Flow”, in Elliot, A. (ed.), Handbook of Competence and Motivation, New York: The Guilford Press, pp. 598–698
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