Let's stop the misconceptions. Here are the Top Three Secrets of Flow
SECRET 1 - Flow is about understanding the mirror relationship between your inner and external worlds. It's about living from the inside out.
Flow is the nature of consciousness, and consciousness is everything.
The ancient yogis, prophets, and shamans - our ancestors - all said to understand the inner self is to understand the universe.
Flow is about living in harmony with your real true self, which is also the universal self, what Hindus call the Atman.
When you remove blocks and unleash the power of flow in your own life, you start to see similar flow patterns in the lives of others.
You see how most people are constantly reacting.
Constantly giving away their freedom to devices, to television, to craving more and more stuff.
Their lives become a never-ending scroll, a never-ending multitask, going from one thing to the next. Never pausing to reflect.
They have lost the center of who they are. Their flow mirrors the external world, and so they bounce around and react, like a pinball, from one thing to the next.
Never realizing that they have no freedom at all.
That these choices and actions are all shaped by things outside of themselves.
Flow feels counterintuitive because we impose constraints on ourselves.
Deep work. Limited hours. More time for creativity and enjoyment.
And ultimately that allows us to be more productive. To get more done.
Which makes us happier and life more meaningful.
When we take control of our inner world, our external world follows.
SECRET 2 - Flow is a system that connects the heart, mind, and body
Most so-called flow gurus will focus on one of these three areas.
That means they are teaching 1/3 of what you need to know.
They make the false equivalency that flow is about productivity and peak performance. That it's all about getting the most out of yourself.
We refer to this as the Navy Seals on LSD approach to flow. I want more, more, more out of my day. I'll do everything I can to squeeze out more.
Flow isn't about you. We are not isolated, individual, self-centered beings. We are inherently social and interconnected.
Flow is about connecting ultimate experiences with your ultimate purpose. And your ultimate purpose starts in the heart. It starts with empathy. It starts with knowing who you serve, who you aspire to help, the impact you want to have on the world.
By connecting ultimate experiences to your ultimate purpose, all aspects of life become integrated and aligned with flow.
You move from the heart into the mind through creativity, storytelling, vision, strategy, innovation, communications.
Through having such a clear vision and purpose that you shine everyday. You know and speak your truth. You wake up every morning filled with optimism and hope.
And because your heart and mind are connected, all of your ultimate experiences have meaning.
Happiness, vision, and productivity. Health, Wealth, and Relationships.
You can learn how to flow across all aspects of life.
You learn how to be more productive, to accomplish 5X more in less time.
You learn how to do deep work and focus. How to let go of busy-ness.
As you impact the world, you gain more insight into the lives of others.
You develop gratitude and appreciation for the people in your life.
That leads to greater empathy and understanding.
In this way, your life is in constant harmony and flow.
The flow of the heart, mind, and body.
SECRET 3 - Flow is the key to entrepreneurship, innovation, and purpose
Empathy is the starting point of all products and services, the pain points and struggles of others.
When we look deep within and learn how to ask questions, we tap into the power of something greater than ourselves. This purpose, our why, is what guides all entrepreneurship and innovation.
Flow then moves into the mind, the realm of vision and storytelling.
This is the foundation for all marketing, all communications.
By living in flow, we are able to communicate more effectively.
Speaking directly to the heart of what our audience needs.
Not sanctimonious, empty platitudes that sound like a greeting card.
Authentic, meaningful communications that stand out.
Stories that resonate, heart to heart, that lead people to take action.
That gut feeling to act now is felt in the body.
That gut feeling is what leads to sales.
In this way, flow is the essence of product, marketing and sales.
When you live in flow, all aspects of life are in balance.
Business and personal.
Health, wealth, and relationships.
Because empathy, vision, gratitude are the key.
The essence of living in flow.