Flow and the Psychology of Peak Performance

Neuroscience has identified some of the triggers that help you to cultivate Flow, that valuable and performance-enhancing but easily shattered state of full mental immersion and focus on the task at hand. Some of the obvious ones include passion for the subject matter and enough novelty to keep things interesting but not so much as to become distracting. It is also important to avoid creating a work environment in which your are bombarded by messages or calls that must be answered NOW even if it breaks Flow. While medications like modafinil or Ritalin can create the sensation of Flow, they are no substitute for the real thing, which comes only via the right mindset and environment.

Reflect on these key points:

  • 1Flow is a state that follows focus which is a state that naturally occurs with certain triggers.
  • 2intellectual triggers that produce focus, which in turn trigger flow, include novelty, complexity and unpredictability.
  • 3Risk-taking, whether the risk is physical, emotional, or psychological, is a trigger that also produces focus, leading to flow.

“Way back in the 50’s {psychologist Abraham} Maslow was looking at the most successful people he could find and one of things he discovered is they all used different techniques to shift their consciousness, bring on flow states, and use that to drive creativity.”

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