This is now my favorite TED talk ever. This guy gets it absolutely right. We are getting closer at uncovering those moments of peak human performance called Flow states. Whatever you call it, “in the zone”, “in state”, everyone has experienced it.
Those 2 hour conversations with friends go by in 2 minutes. Email at work flys off your finger tips like lightning and you don’t even notice it. Every joke you tell is funny, every shot you take goes in. These are moments defined by bliss and purpose.
My theory is that if you were to strip away all of the mystical hyperbole of Buddhism, when the buddha attained enlightenment, he really just entered into a state of flow. A rare, but becoming understood, state of being that not only are we all able to achieve, but likely have at least once in our life already.
“Flow is the rocket fuel of the world. If we are going to move our planet forward, more of us need to become alive.” I think uncovering the secrets of flow will exponentially accelerate the positive development of our planet.
Wrong video link–this TED talk is about courage. The guy has some pretty interesting thoughts to share, though, I enjoyed it.
I’m really fascinated by the whole idea of flow, not to mention the feeling and experience of it. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is a psychologist who spent years researching and presenting the theory of Flow the public. He wrote a book about it (Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience). Definitely worth looking into.