An Introduction To Flow

Darcey Croft Flow

There is a state of mind called flow.

It is the holy grail of productivity and creation.

When you singularly focus on a task using everything within your power to exert influence on it. This is flow. And with it you forge into existence, creation and change. It is when you are fully immersed in an activity with a feeling of energised focus. Known also as being in ‘the zone’ and it would be fair bet to say God got into his (or her) flow for seven days while creating heaven and earth.

Flow is a desirable state to achieve and the place outstanding feats are accomplished. Athletes excel at it through perseverance and focus to make the winning difference.

If you are not sure what flow feels like then think back to a time when danger or absolute joy presented itself. How slowly or quickly did time appear to you? As Einstein so aptly said, ‘put your hand on a hot stove for a minute and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour and it seems like a minute. Thats relativity’. He could have easily being describing the focus you have when you have found your flow. This is a good way to understand the focus that flow can provide and with practice use this super focus to conquer your goals.

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One example was an occasion shortly after passing my driving test. It demonstrated how different things were in the flow of necessitated focus. And while I don’t want to put myself in a situation like that again I am grateful that I was able to learn from it.

Heres what happened.

One summer afternoon back in the nineties, the most likely reason that I found myself at the wheel of a car entering a deathly spin, was a too fast approach of a busy roundabout (know locally as the magic roundabout). And the fact I was an inexperienced teenager driving an overpowered car with a group of friends moshing out to heavy metal.

The magic of this particular roundabout is in the design. One of only two in the UK it is a large roundabout with six small roundabouts set around it with six entrances and exits. A perfect design, allowing many cars at any point in time to flow in any direction quickly and simultaneously. It is very busy and requires a certain level of concentration to navigate. A speeding car full of teenagers in a death spin is no way to enter this magical piece of engineering.

With immediate clarity I saw the trouble we were in, my thoughts became crystal clear. Everything super slowmo’ed. I altered time. Light flooded my eyes I could see everything, everyone, every obstacle, every escape path. I had time to consider how awful it would be to be the one responsible for killing my friends. Also, my ego noted as my world spun outside the window, I wouldn’t like to be remembered as the crap driver. There was plenty of time to lob my cigarette out of the window, superimpose my dad next to me and hear him talking me through how to unlock my skidding wheels, correct the steer and ease the car back into full control, turn calmly around to everyone (one of the lads was still screaming) and check everyone was fine.

I like to think looking back, my actions would have appeared like Neo dodging bullets in the Matrix. In the flow everything happened simultaneously, perfectly and with incredible ease. The split second the danger was over there was a rush and time sped back up, normality resumed, my brain and body felt clunky and weighted compared to a second ago. Luckily the guys were still whimpering in fetal positions so they couldn’t give me too much of a hard time.

This is not a recommended version of flow. But it demonstrates the untapped power that our minds have over our bodies and our surroundings when keenly focused. Tapping into your power will increase your productivity and creativity enormously and to master flow, well just imagine the things you are capable of.

There really are no known limits.

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  • Brigid Walsh-Byrne

    I love the image attached to this post Darcey, as well as the content of the post…

    Is this your own image, or is it available for use in other online places?