Make sure that your ego doesn’t get too entangled with your purpose. Make amplifying your attention on the task be your goal.
Ego and self-consciousness are flow blockers.
Flow is a holistic response. It results from a harmony found between all the states of consciousness and the individuals' skills matching their goals (Csikszentmihalyi, 1990).
You should actively look to take on new challenging skills. This will feed the risk-taking flow trigger. Eventually, you’ll reach the skills/challenge sweet spot. This will add a new high flow activity to your lifestyle.
High-flow individuals usually have many traits associated with an autotelic personality. Curious Persistent Low self-centeredness Highly independent Collaborative and cooperative in group settings.
Knowing what blocks flow is just as important as knowing how to induce flow.
There are five main flow blockers to avoid: Distraction and interruptions. This is why controlling your inputs and environment is so crucial to inducing flow. Negative thinking and a fixed mindset. Thoughts like, I’m just not good at getting in flow; or making excuses why you can’t make the suggested changes above will block you from ever experiencing more flow. The task is too challenging, too boring; your motivation to perform is not high enough. Your mental or physical preparation is lacking. You’re trying too hard. Over thinking, over training, not recovering and burning out.
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