I ended up staying much later than I should’ve on the weekend. I wasn’t at a fun party. I wasn’t gripped by a fascinating movie or a good book. I was working. What?!
I was creating a training module for an upcoming leadership session. The ideas were flowing, the words were flowing, the design was flowing, and I completely lost track of time. Finally, at 2:30 am I was finished and satisfied with the outcome.
This is what Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Hungarian psychologist, calls ‘flow’, a state of being in which people become so immersed in the joy of their work or activity “that nothing else seems to matter.”
Have you experienced that lately? Ever?
I woke up the next day feeling excited and euphoric when I should’ve felt tired and overworked.
Try this ONE thing
Ask yourself when you last felt like that. Hopefully it wasn’t years ago. Can you remember what you were doing when you were in flow? Maybe like me, you were creating something. Maybe you were cooking, or walking, or hanging out with your best friend, or watching football. There are probably a lot of things that put you in flow, once you think about it.
The surefire cure to feeling blah, bored, disengaged, is to go do one of those things and get yourself in flow. Do it now.
Hey! Are you already successful and accomplished? Do you have many things to appreciate about your life right now? Are you always open to learning more and growing yourself?
Despite all your successes, do you sometimes doubt yourself? Do you hesitate to go after what you really want in life?
Or maybe you dismiss your past successes, putting them down to luck, and don’t really see how extraordinary you really are?
If this sounds like you, you and I should have a conversation. Drop me a line here, karen.laidlaw.theONEthing@outlook.com, and let’s talk!