Proven Methods to Maximizing Human Possibility
Have you ever experienced the sensation of complete fluidity between body and mind? When time seems as though it has slowed down and you are so deeply in the present moment, absorbed in what you are doing? Your senses are high, you are fully immersed and at one with the task at hand. Athletes refer to this as ‘being in the zone’, marathoners call it “runners high” and others refer to it as a ‘heightened state of consciousness’ This state is also recognized in positive psychology as being in flow.
Popularized by Hungarian Psychologist, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, flow is considered the optimal state in which we perform at our best. With flow coaching, you can find yours.
What is flow coaching?
Considerable responsibilities are placed on corporate leaders and executives, which can often lead to high levels of stress and fatigue. Leaders who live under constant pressure are particularly vulnerable to burnout, diminishing physical and emotional energy and undermining productivity. This leads to demotivation and monetary loss for the company. Flow coaching helps leaders to maximize energy and human possibility so they can serve their mission.
Your brain in flow
Flow is achieved through a variety of interventions or triggers that lead to what neuroscience refers to as “transient hypofrontality.” Transient means temporary, hypo- means to slow down or disengage, and frontality refers to the prefrontal cortex region of your brain. Simply put, when the brain is in a state of flow, it is less active, therefore less analytical or “cerebral.” It is believed that when the prefrontal cortex is in a more relaxed state, you are more available to higher cognitive processing.
This result is enhanced creativity; you feel at one with yourself and the activity you are engaged in, which is why time seems to slow down. Neuroscientific studies have referred to this as an altered state of consciousness. As a flow coach, I draw from a holistic set of interventions that help clients to access flow.
If you are curious about how to harness your energy and optimize performance through flow coaching, please reach out.
Getting to Flow
There are multiple ways that you can enter into a state of flow. Clients choose which interventions they resonate with the most – there is no “one size fits all” for achieving flow. I will guide you on how to apply specific triggers to different situations to ensure the best results.
As an example, if you are preparing to deliver a presentation, you may benefit from physical exercise or mindset exercises to help facilitate flow. If you are experiencing anxiety or stress about a deadline, you may benefit from mindfulness or breathwork. The interventions (or triggers) I use as a performance coach include:
Cognitive Flow Alignment
Meditation / mindfulness
Flow recall (A quick way of accessing feelings of flow)
Sensory Flow Alignment
Auditory (sound, voice, or music)
Visuals (nature, ocean, mountains, sports, etc.)
Visualization / guided imagery
A sequence of flow movements
Science has shown that being in nature reduces stress and creates positive feelings and a sense of contentment. This may include walking down a nature path, hiking, or being near the ocean.
Significantly increases performance and productivity
Supports you in being present and in the moment
Creates a greater sense of meaning and purpose
Helps focus attention to what is most important
Promotes happiness and positivity
Increases mental clarity
Builds resilience to challenges
Sparks creativity and imagination
Accelerates learning and skill development
Create a Flow Mindset
Ultimately, we want to work towards creating a flow personality, which comes about when we’ve established daily practices that facilitate the flow experience. When we have a flow personality, we are more masterful in managing our emotions and reframing stressful situations. A flow personality can be achieved by creating the following mindsets:
- Observer mindset
- Awe mindset
- Creator mindset
- Gratitude mindset
- Growth mindset
- Playful mindset
Our coaching session begins with visioning. Through this process, we’ll clarify your desired outcomes. We identify the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the domain of your health and quality of life, resilience, self-awareness or performance.
Once you’ve selected a coaching path that aligns with your vision and leadership objectives, we’ll schedule 60-minute sessions on a weekly or bi-monthly basis. You’ll be provided with appropriate resources and coaching support to assist you with making desired changes.
Between our sessions, you’ll implement certain practices and behavior management strategies that align with your desired vision. We’ll monitor your progress and make appropriate changes when necessary. If needed, you will receive additional support and accountability via texting and/or email.
PICK YOUR PATH
To reach our full potential, we need to optimize our most valuable resource: energy. We’ll integrate science-based solutions with an emphasis on nutrition, work/life balance, and mindfulness practices.
Learn concrete triggers and techniques to access flow so you and your team can work (create) in an optimal state. Learn to internalize flow so it becomes a mindset and lifestyle.
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