Well for starters, NO ONE wants a meaningless, stressful, unsatisfying life.
Actually I’ll caveat that – some people rather like to have something to justifiably whinge about… heck we all enjoy it sometimes (if we’re honest ;).
But a long haul soiree of this experience sucks arse and probably delivers you somewhere in the vicinity of ‘my life is over’, ‘please God take me now’, ‘why oh why oh WHY MEEEEEEEEEE’.
Ultimately it’s form of discomfort or pain… and as someone said to me yesterday the benefit of being in discomfort is that it eventually sparks something inside that say’s ENOUGH and you get a surge of energy, creativity or inspiration to get out of it.
When the switch flips and you find yourself saying,
‘I want to feel ALIVE, I want more fun, happiness, success and satisfaction in my life, work and relationships’,
…ah yes, you’re ready once more… it’s time to find your flow… and when operating from your state of flow life becomes magically beautiful
So what does being in flow look like?
What are the motivating reasons to find your flow, when you’re ready to move away from misery?
What are the benefits of being in flow?
- Purpose and Direction: the state of flow aligns you with your purpose, it creates clear direction, meaningful living and achievable goals.
- Relationships: when you’re in your flow it affects those around you. You are operating from a place of what is truly important to you, aligning your needs, values and desires. You attract relationships that fit your flow – friendships, romantic relationships, business partnerships.
- Clarity: flow is clarity, your focus is crystallised, you know what has to be said or done.
- Performance: flow improves your performance, putting you in your ‘optimal zone’ – your natural talents come together, your skills are enhanced – be it in business, public speaking, teaching, learning, sports or artistic creativity.
- Productivity: the true kind of productivity where you actually achieve your goals – you produce quality instead of quantity. In business, key projects are achieved, rather than shuffling paperwork, attending heaps of meetings and being a slave to email all day long. As a writer or artist, you create 2 important and memorable pieces rather than 30 unimportant ones that your audience forget in 10 minutes.
- Learning and Development: flow puts you in a prime state for learning, absorbing and developing your skill sets and self. Naturally flow demands that you seek new challenges and information to maintain this state, however, instead of struggle and drain it feels effortless and rewarding.
- Timelessness: flow puts you in a state beyond time, it distorts your sense of time. You feel so focused on the present that you lose track of time passing.
- Success: when in flow you are at your personal optimum and also finely tuned to the world around you. Opportunities come your way, you know how to respond and are able to respond. Lasting and meaningful success is created here – in work, self and relationships.
- Synchronicity: in flow you’ll find that things just seem to appear at exactly the right time, an opportunity, wise and helpful words from the taxi driver, your kicked out of your flat and the next day get a call about an even better place.
- Motivation and Inspiration: when in flow you motivation and inspiration comes naturally. You don’t need to fight to find it or push yourself…the motivation is just there because you’re doing what you want…and the inspiration drops into you.
- Serenity: flow takes you to your ‘centre’, a place of balance. You go beyond self-consciousness and fears of failure.
- Happiness, Meaning & Satisfaction: flow requires that you are in optimal alignment with who you are, your skills, your values, desires and the world around you. In this state even the seemingly mundane becomes fun and beautiful.
- Start from here: being in flow means you are living in the moment, not the past, not the future. You are free of fears and worries, you are in a state of knowing and trust, you are at your best…each…single…second.
The question is
Do you know how to access it?
And know how to maintain it?
The good news is that EVERYONE has the ability to experience this state of flow… it’s just about figuring out your own route of access.
I’d love to hear how you personally get back into your flow…
And if you’re struggling to find the slip stream and want some help, get in touch as helping people find their flow is a large part of the work I do.