Flow. You know, that feeling when everything is aligned and you are on fire!!!! Don’t you wish you could have that feeling everyday? Unfortunately, reality (ie the shit hits the fan) sometimes and you can feel like crap – but when it’s all going well, woo hoo!!!!
So how do you know when you are in Flow?
It’s easy. That’s it. Plain and simple.
The tasks that you have to do, the clients you have to contact, the research you have to do – all just happens.
- Comparatitis disappears
- You feel proud talking about what you are doing
- You feel stronger, healthier and more energetic
- Bad habits fall away (eating, shopping, drinking etc)
- Your relationships improve
- You walk a little taller
- Issues don’t seem as big
I could list a million other things………….but that might bore you.
Think about the water pictured. It doesn’t question – Is the waterfall up the road prettier, faster, quieter?? No it just is. When you feel like that – it’s Flow.
Can you fake Flow?
I don’t think you can fake Flow, but I know you can think you’re in Flow – but you’re actually not. Been there done that. That’s when you do enjoy what you do, and there’s nothing staring you in the face as really big problems – so it’s ok. You get what you need to get done completed. You get clients. You show up. But that it’s. Nothing spectacular happens.
When you are in Flow – that’s when magic can happen.
Over the last couple of weeks I have been working on a new project, and I am a different person. It’s not that I wasn’t me before, or working well. Nothing was wrong at all, but now it just feels so right.
I think this can actually be a little hard to explain. It’s one of those things that when you know, you know. Like finally getting a pair of heels that don’t hurt. You think to yourself, why wasn’t it like this before, or why didn’t I do this faster.
Then the beating yourself up comes to play. DON’T. Stop right there. If you are in Flow it’s for a reason, and the rest has just been a part of the journey.
Other ways you can think about Flow.
- Your A Game
- Your Zone of Genius
- Being aligned with your Passions
When you are working in Flow. Nothing else matters. You’re not suddenly drawn to that nights episode of MasterChef. You have the ability to focus on each singular task till it’s done.
That’s a very important point. You see, I am not a believer in multi tasking. You can multi think – but multi tasking is hard, and usually ineffective, so why bother. You are much better off focusing on one thing at a time, and getting it done well….and it’s easier when you are in Flow!!!!
Things to remember about what you do…..
- Be passionate
- Ditch It, Delegate It, Leverage It and Live It
- Focus on you and your business, not what is going on around you
- Take time out to figure out what you need to tweak to be in Flow
I did a full life audit. Every job, every business, all my personal projects.
- Worked out what I loved and what I loathed
- What I was good at and what I was not so good at
- The people I loved to be around
- The BIG picture of my future
- The things that inspire me daily
All will be revealed in time, but with a couple of small tweaks – I am more aligned and in Flow now than I have ever been. Now I actually understand Flow from an experience point of view, rather than an intellectual one.
This weekend, take an hour out of your day (or more if you want / need) and do a mini life audit. I promise, even with a couple of changes you will do more, be more and feel more, by being in Flow.