I want to ask you a question.
When was the last time you were completely immersed in what you were doing? I mean that sense of focusing with 100% clarity on the present. Some call this getting lost in the moment. Others call it “Flow”.
You have the power to achieve this state every day. The cool thing is, your “flow muscle” is just like any other muscle or habit you have to train. It’s a simple game of intelligent repetition.
I wanted to share my two most highly preferred books on the subject:
How many days out of the week do you spend at least 4 HOURS A DAY doing what you are truly meant to be doing. I mean the work that lights up your heart and makes you feel that sense of “This is what I’m supposed to be doing!” or “This just makes sense!”.
For me, it’s easily coaching clients on habit change and convincing people to commit to taking action by starting a new fitness program.
If I don’t spend at least four hours a day on either one of these or a combination of the two, it wasn’t a “good day”. Of course there are times when my purpose is postponed by emergencies (or perceived emergencies), but I make it a point to ALWAYS spend time on these things.
Your ability to achieve a state of flow can literally improve every area of your life. Just think about how applying your truly undivided attention to these aspects would affect you. And then think about how often your attention is truly “undivided”. If you’re honest it’s probably a lot less than you initially think!
- Intimate relationships
- Relaxation (yes I mean attention to relaxation)
- New topics
I can’t remember the exact term, but in Deep Work by Cal Newport he refers to this aspect of “mental residue”. It reminds me of a times when I may be checking out at the grocery store starting up some banter with the checker (as I always do;) while being totally preoccupied by something I am working on or a conversation I previously had during the day.
Here’s the thing: You can leave that stuff alone. Don’t worry, if it’s important you will remember it. It isn’t going anywhere. When you leave it alone sometimes it’s almost akin to letting fruit ripen before eating it. Just let things take their natural course. Sometimes the natural course is to hunker down and work for several straight hours and sometimes you should just leave it alone!
It’s all about playing the balance of toying with the edges of your comfort zone but not leaping too far too soon. Then again, there is also a time to leap…
If you are not already but want to be part of a culture of focused and driven people, Hit me up for a free consultation to discuss how we can help!