I know you've had that In The Zone feeling...
Your vision tunnels, you're focused and active, and the ideas (or words, or moves, or connections) keep coming. It takes a lot to distract you when you're in that space and when you look up you realize that even though time has seemed to fly by, what you've accomplished in that time is astounding.
That's the state of optimal human performance.
When you are accomplishing more (better and faster and more-precisely), but it doesn't feel like more work. The struggle, strain, and exhaustion that you would reasonable associate with that level of performance is instead replaced by exhilaration.
That state. That level of output. That optimal performance is what we're chasing.
Because that is what it is going to take to solve the hard problems we face. To overturn the status quo you can no longer stand and build something better in its place.
No half-ass measures will do, my friend.
We need to find Flow.
The good news is: We are already built for this.
We slip into flow without even trying. You've done it, yourself. When the office is quiet, or the challenge is pressing, or the deadline looms. When you've taken-on a tougher ski slope, or trail to run. When you've met up with a friend you haven't seen in ages and nothing in the world was more important than that moment - that conversation.
If we can trip and fall into Flow, it makes total sense that we can actively trigger the experience, once we understand the conditions that create it.
Steven Kotler, author and co-founder of The Flow Genome Project, a research group dedicated to understanding the science of Flow, shared the 17 psychological, environmental, social, and creative triggers that will get you into Flow. When you click through the slides, I hope you'll sense some familiarity.
That's secretly the whole point of The Activated Genius Method. To not only help you understand what you want to change and envision a better future, but to design your plan of attack in a way that creates the conditions for your optimal performance.
Everything we have done together since last September has been an effort to assemble a toolkit of Flow triggers. A way of thinking, a way of working, a set of choices, that all lead build up to you and your team being able to get more - and more meaningful - work done using only your available resources.
The only thing left to consider now is whether or not its working.
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Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth, and Impact the World by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler