I often struggle to Focus on the task at hand. In order for us to truly become successful, we must have a Limitless State of mind. With a limitless state of mind, we can quickly develop great ideas and find out what works and what doesn’t. It doesn’t matter how smart you are or what you are doing in your life, the below information will help you master whatever it is you are pursing in life. You have to let the information soak in and study it, but the end result will help you get through some of the most difficult projects you will ever encounter. To get into this limitless state might prove challenging, so to help you out, in this post, I am going to give you the eight triggers that may make it much easier for you to get into Flow.
There are three categories of triggers. Each one is different in that each category calls on a different resource but similar in that they all inevitably bring you to the same place: a state of heightened attention and near world-class mastery and execution.
The first category corresponds to the Environmental Triggers, which includes high consequences, Rich Environment, and Deep Embodiment.
High Consequences means that the activity must be associated with risk. The risk can be based on anything, as long as it’s something that you care about. It may be a deadline, it may be the risk of public embarrassment, or the loss of something valuable. In most cases, all you need to do is be willing to fail, look foolish, or even fall flat on your face to enter Flow.
A Rich Environment means immersing yourself in an environment of unpredictability, complexity, and novelty. Doing so will bring about new challenges, forcing you to abandon old models, as they are no longer applicable to the new, current situation.
Deep Embodiment means total physical awareness of every single sensation in your body. While athletes might have an easier time using this trigger, you can train yourself to focus on the sensation in your fingertips as you type on your computer, or feel the hardness of the ground beneath your feet, the warm air passing through your nostrils or even the weight of your clothes on your body as you go through your day. And by doing so while you work, Flow will trigger much faster.
The next items contain Psychological Triggers, including the internal conditions that can help you reach Flow, such as having a Clear Goal, receiving immediate feedback, and having a good challenge-to-skill ratio:
A Clear Goal is something that many entrepreneurs will agree is an important key to success. Without a clear goal to focus your attention towards, you run into the trap of confusing “activity” for “productivity”; and you will lose track of time working only to find that you never really accomplished anything.
Immediate Feedback is another shortcut to the present. It means understanding cause and effect in the moment, allowing you to know exactly what needs to change for you to do better. And by having this information, you’ll know exactly what to do next and will be able to fully focus on it.
The Challenge-to-Skill Ratio is probably the most well-known Flow trigger out there. If your skills are a lot higher than the tasks you need to accomplish, you’ll most likely get bored with it and stop paying attention. If, on the other hand, the task is too difficult, you’ll feel anxiety and quit. In both cases, you won’t be able to focus. To get into Flow, the task has to hit the emotional mid-point between boredom and anxiety. It has to be difficult enough to be challenging without knowing for sure what’s going to happen next.