Being a entrepreneur provides so much freedom. I decide every morning when I want to get out of bed. If I feel tired - I sleep for another hour (that is awesome). I do that quite often, since I tend to work best at night. Somewhere between 10 pm and 02 am magic happens. Or at least that is the period where I produce most, and get closest to the state of flow.
Since learning about flow for a couple of years ago, I have been extremely interested in the topic. I am always eager to learn more about it!
This morning I watched a TED talk about flow, and I wanted to share with you some highlights. The talk was this one: Mihaly Csiksgentmihalyi: Flow, the secret to happiness and also it is on my list over TED talks for slow mornings
How does it feel to be in flow?
Completely involved in what we are doing
— focused, concentrated.
A sense of ecstasy
— of being outside everyday reality.
Great inner clarity
— knowing what needs to be done, and how well we are doing.
Knowing that the activity is doable
— that our skills are adequate to the task.
A sense of serenity
— no worries about oneself, and a feeling of growing beyond the boundaries of the ego.
— thoroughly focused on the present, hours seem to pass by in minutes.
— whatever produces flow becomes its own reward
CREDIT: MIHALY CSIKSGENTMIHALYI
Csiksgentmihalyi puts the state of flow this way:
You are in an ecstatic state to such a point that you feel as though you almost don’t exist. I have experienced this time and again. My hand seems devoid of myself, and I have nothing to do with what is happening. I just sit there watching it in a state of awe and wonderment. And [the music] just flows out of itself.
- I quickly wrote three of Csiksgentmihalyi's books on my wishlist!
Have a great wednesday!