Flow is defined as “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.” Commonly described as “the zone,” flow, as defined, is a blissful feeling that athletes, performers, and all people seem to seek. Indeed, it’s not unusual for new clients to reach out to me with the specific goal of living in this high mental state more often.
And there lies the misunderstanding that, in my mind, needs to be reversed. Flat-lining at some peak state is not flow (it’s also not possible). Flow is, well, flow. The yin then yang of what it means to be alive. That’s why my work is never about helping players reach a next level or an elevated type of mindset. It’s about reminding them that all mindsets are normal and, no matter how they feel in the moment, they’re eminently strong and capable. In short, flow means to move left/right, up/down, and fast/slow; because that’s precisely how the human mind is designed to function.
Speaking of misunderstandings regarding flow, here’s another: the notion that a high state of mind, or clarity of mind, is our natural state. No siree. Human beings are always meandering between the spiritual and the physical, between clarity and clutter. Again, flow is the human experience. The spiritual and physical, like morning and night, are not dualistic in nature. They’re two parts of the same system, or one.
Remember: Excellence, consistency, and love emerge from those who, rather than pull the brake on the flow of the human experience (try to control or cope), purely relish the ride. Flow is the standard. It’s not some lofty state to get into or attain. As I often say to those with whom I work: There’s nothing to fix; you’re already there. Simply be yourself, stay in the game, and live. Or better yet—flow.