Insights from the Rise of Superman by Steven Kotler

Insights from the Rise of Superman by Steven Kotler

First thought would be yes! Superman. but let’s talk about flow

“Flow is an optimal state of consciousness, a peak state where we both feel our best and perform our best. It is a transformation available to anyone, anywhere, provided that certain initial conditions are met.


Everyone from assembly-line workers in Detroit to jazz musicians in Algeria to software designers in Mumbai rely on flow to drive performance and accelerate innovation” Steven Kotler


Flow is the feeling of being totally immersed in what you are doing. In flow an action, a decision leads effortlessly to another, making the work seem seamless.


According to Harvard Medical School psychiatrist Ned Hallowell: “Everything you do, you do better in flow, from baking a chocolate cake to planning a vacation to solving a differential equation to writing a business plan to playing tennis to making love. Flow is the doorway to the ‘more’ most of us seek. Rather than telling ourselves to get used to it, that’s all there is, instead learn how to enter into flow. There you will find, in manageable doses, all the ‘more’ you need.


Four Triggers of Flow at Work

  • Clear goals with high consequences: I can’t over emphasize the importance of setting Goals. Your goals should always be just beyond your current skill level, forcing you to operate in the space between boredom and anxiety. And setting high consequences for not achieving them. This helps you focus on achieving your set goals in good time.


  • Rich Sensory experience: be conscious of your sense organs and they trigger flow. The more complex and unpredictable the experience, the deeper the flow state.


  • Immediate Feedback: We grow by feedbacks, and for flow to take place it is important for immediate action-reaction improvement. There’s a better chance of experiencing flow when know the thoughts about your actions and inactions and Improve upon them.


  • Say Yes! Is this Richard Brandson ..ok not but close. Interactions should be kept more interactive than argumentative. The main aim is the Momentum and the moments created, the togetherness, that’s where innovation and creativity strives.

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Author: Victor Adeyemo

Victor Adeyemo is a Leadership and high performance coach, an Event decorator and MC. He is the team leader of Leaders Digest

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