Flow has been defined as the state of being fully engaged and in the present, merging awareness and action. How would you like to increase the amount of flow in your life, to be “in the zone” more often? According to Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, the renowned author and flow expert, there are four essential conditions for flow:
- Clear goals (for direction and structure, making it possible to perceive progress)
- Immediate, clear feedback (preferably from the activity itself: e.g. the PowerPoint presentation is completed)
- Passion (a no-brainer!)
- An appropriate level of difficulty (producing a balance between perceived challenges and perceived skills)
At the Coach Approach, we specialize in helping our clients form clear, specific goals which enable flow. If a goal is too easy it will lead to boredom and apathy; if it is too difficult it needs to be “chunked down” into manageable parts so that it becomes realistic and achievable. In other words, they are supported to move towards peak experience and peak performance. What can you do today to bring more flow into your life?
Q: Why are Goals so incredibly POWERFUL?
A: Because what it makes of you will ALWAYS be more powerful than what it gets for you.
Want to hone in on what’s important, get focused and define your dream?
Then follow these steps!
1. Focus and evaluate, what’s your present situation concerning key areas of your life, is that ok?
2. If it’s not ok then what do you want? (Think dreams and goals and give yourself permission to think BIG!)
3. Set those Goals in the positive and make them S.M.A.R.T. – that’s Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timed
4. Hold yourself accountable by using a Coach to keep you on track.
Use these 4 steps to put yourself in the driver’s seat for achieving success as you define it.
2014 – CLAIM IT!
Imagine that someone asked you today: “What is your purpose, what is your vision and what are your goals?” Would you be able to answer those questions? For many people, more time is spent planning what to eat for dinner than planning for life. But without a vision, we continue to live the life we have always known; and if our vision isn’t anchored in our purpose then we can easily get lost.
Think of a pyramid of building blocks. At the bottom are our goals which support our vision that is driven by a higher purpose. Simply put, the vision represents what we want to create with our life. The goal represents the various aspects of how we are doing it, and the purpose answers the question “why?”.
So try taking the time today to clarify your own answers to these questions: “What really matters to me? What’s my purpose? What’s the vision? What would I create with my life a year from now if it’s grounded and driven by my purpose and then what steps might I take?”