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Daily Leadership Thought #126 – Tap Into What Makes You Flow


Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi came up with the concept of “Flow” which is defined as the mental state of operation in which a person in an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and success in the process of the activity. We all experience this state of being to varying degrees and frequency. It can be at work or in our personal life, but it’s hard to miss when it happens. It almost feels as if we are operating in a different dimension of life where things are aligning as they should and the uniqueness of our being is allowed to flourish.

I’ve always felt that “flow” should be the goal not the exception in life. Far too many people work at jobs they don’t like, engaging in activities that provide no sense of meaning to them, and that rarely tap into their true talents and passions. In their home life they similarly fall into routines that become “ruts” if they are not careful and are overwhelmed by their daily, weekly and monthly responsibilities. There is a sense of slowing losing yourself to the busyness of life and getting further and further away from your true self and what makes you special and happy.

We all have natural talents, abilities, interests and character traits that make us unique individuals. Flow is achieved when we tap into those aspects of ourselves that make us special. Self awareness and honest reflection can make a big difference in our state of being. If you can build the wisdom and courage not to conform to societal pressures, but instead choose to chart a course based on your own uniqueness and what makes you feel purposeful, energized and happy, the river of life will “flow” more easily.

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2 Responses

  1. Is there any type of test that helps you discover clearly what makes you flow? I’ve been searching forever and I can’t find anything.

    • There are multiple personality and vocational tests out there that will help you get a general sense of who you are and where you would best fit. However my belief is that the concept of flow is mostly gained through personal experience. We all have moments where “flow” enters our life. The question is are we paying attention and trying to discern some meaning from these moments when they happen. I have found keeping a journal helpful. Don’t let these experiences pass you by…

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