What I do
Access Flow State For the Win
Do these ring a bell:
- You're talented, with untapped potential?
- You have ideas, but procrastinate on action?
- You're achieving, but not 'doing what you came here for'?
- You wanna feel excited for the future, but feel shame or burnout instead?
- You're hungry to ditch the rut & forge your path?
- You're ready for work that sets you on fire & makes you stand tall?
- You wanna commit knowing the struggle is worth it?
If these ring true, I'm right there with you: Resistance is a bitch. As a fellow procrastinator, I too seek redemption from this hellscape (listed above). And for me, the best way I've found to bust free of creative ruts is to organise my life so I can break 'into the zone' at will. With discipline, we can access flow states on command.
What even is Flow?
Flow is the antidote to Resistance. It's a state of consciousness where we feel our best & perform our best. Time disappears because you're hyperfocused on the task at hand. Hesitancy & procrastination evaporates as awareness & decisive actions merge. Psychologists & neuroscientists are fascinated by flow because it's the inverse of mental illness, the marker of a meaningful life, & it sends productivity & creativity through the roof. Training in flow means training creative, productive power & (in my experience) it's the secret weapon for smashing Resistance.
In flow state, our cocktail of brain chemicals feels amazing. Here's what we get:
Seratonin - a bit like ecstacy
Endorphins - a bit like heroin
Dopamine - a bit like coffee
Anandamide - a bit like marijuana
Norepinephrine - a bit like tobacco
This is what intrinsic motivation really means: In flow state, the work at hand is so rewarding (via our internal chemistry) that there's nowhere else we'd rather be. Resistance has no power over us. Life is worth living. Our actions matter. Work becomes play.
Research by McKinsey & Co. shows a 500% increase in productivity among executives in flow state.
DARPA (the US military's research agency) showed a 490% increase in learning speed for sniper soldiers in flow state.
My experience? When I action my training in flow, I accomplish more in a day than I once did in a month, & it feels great.
A study by Flow Genome Project showed an outlandish 700% increase in creativity during flow state. & research out of Harvard shows high creativity persists even the day after flow.
My experience? Learning to access flow trumps Resistance & restores that playful, all-powerful, adventurous spirit of creativity I felt in childhood. Man, I missed that feeling!
What is Resistance?
Steven Pressfield's book War of Art describes the primal force inside us that blocks our work. Wanna start a business? Write a book? Get lean & strong? If it's hard, & it matters, & puts you 'on the hook', Resistance is the weaselly voice inside that says, 'No, not today. Maybe tomorrow.'
Resistance is our lethal psychological enemy. It's the Wild Beast Within that each of us must fight. Pressfield says it's evil. My take? It's biology. Our brain's built to conserve energy. Our most daring, ambitious projects? They demand everything we've got. It's no wonder the mind puts up a wall.
Mastering flow builds intrinsic motivation that breaks through that wall. Instead of drawing on willpower, hustle & grit (which quickly run dry), flow training schools our brain that deep reward lies on the far side of Resistance. Flow mastery slays our demons & fights creative angst through deep, euphoric engagement.
I trained with Flow Research Collective to master the psychology & neuroscience to help us enter flow state at will.
I mentored for Building a Second Brain (digital tools experts) to leverage the power of tech to enhance productivity.
My gameplan now's to wield the powers of flow state to become an indie creator full-time (& share what I learn with you)
why I do it
I’ve Been There
Creativity is hard. So's running a business. Self-doubt's relentless. Imposter syndrome sucks. Resistance is a bitch.
I've spent decades as a creative, entrepreneurial wannabe working jobs I didn't love to pay for vices I definitely didn't want to need. I've procrastinated from one New Year's Day right through to the next. I've made ugly mistakes I'm not proud of.
But d'you know what? Flow is always what's happening when things go right. Only when I double down on deep flow practice do things gain momentum in my life.
I Want Us to Trust Ourselves
- I have confidence to start my 1st book because I trust my imagination to surprise me (if I just provide the structure, then release into flow)
- I can learn AI tools & storytelling & animation (on top of freelance & carer duties) cuz I know how to map flow into spare pockets of time.
- I can dream big because I have faith in my system of deep work to see things through.
I want these things for you.
Understanding the biology behind flow changes how I work, & restores vitality to my creative practice. My goal? Build a life around flow states. Become a full-time indie creative in 2023. Quit dabbling. Embrace the flow skills I've learned (because they work). Then pay it forward.
So add yourself to The Creative Flow Project newsletter (below) & let's talk about how we can knit flow into the fabric of our lives.
What My Heroes Say
When we say, "Put your ass where your heart wants to be" in this sense, we mean, "Commit emotionally, psychologically, spiritually to your dream."