3 Triggers to Flow in Action So You Can Perform at Your BestBy Cara Bradley
Flow in action is beautiful to watch—like witnessing a basketball player place a ball perfectly in the net, or hearing a comedian time a joke with precision. You’ve experienced flow in action yourself when you swerved your car around an object on the road or skillfully closed a deal at a sales meeting.
Flow in action is simply engaged mindfulness. It’s a sense of full participation in the moment from our head, heart, and gut. Flow is where action and awareness merge. It’s a sense of embodied cognition or full-body knowing—on the court, onstage, or in the boardroom.
Flow in action: It’s where mastery emerges.
Like the athlete or comedian, when in flow we are more skillful in our actions. More precisely, we are acutely aware of what’s happening and what we’re doing. In other words, we’re more likely to step up to the plate and smack the ball out of the park.
Flow in Action for Increased Productivity
In addition, when in flow, we crank out work—really good work. In fact, a 10-year McKinsey study showed that top executives reported being 5 times more productive in flow.
Think about it for a second. We are 5 times more productive when we are focused and not distracted. Ann Marsh wrote in Fast Company, “Being able to control and harness this feeling is the holy grail for any manager—or even any individual—seeking a more productive and satisfying work experience.” And Sir Richard Branson once said, “