“I would love to live like a river flows, carried by the surprise of its own unfolding.”
—John O’Donohue, late Irish poet, author, philosopher
I recently attended a webinar on leadership resilience led by Mike Rochelle, a former three star general. He shared a story about the “Type A Personality Modification” class that was part of his military leadership development.
As a person who lived by his wristwatch, Mike was always in a rush to maximize his efficiency and effectiveness. His instructor gave him the assignment to go without his watch for a full week to see what happened.
During that week Mike discovered a whole new world of sights, sounds, and feelings previously hidden by his laser focused approached of getting from point A to point B. He began living life like a river and became much more present to its unfolding, and of course, the many people guided by his leadership.
Check out the 15-minute 2018 adventure documentary, Traveling on Trash by Dan Cullum and his friends, who traveled the 2,000 miles of the Mississippi River in 56 days. I hope that you, too, get caught up by the unfolding of its story.
Become one with your point of focus and fall into flow.
—Tamara Levitt, Calm App Reflection
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Our grandson Weston has been taking swimming lessons at a local aquatic club since last fall. Over the past few months, we’ve noticed a plateauing effect on his progress. His weekly 30-minute classes have a single instructor and three other students, thus limiting his individualized attention.
With the warmer weather, he now swims outside on a regular basis with the family and gets many more hours of personal attention and wrinkled fingers. To our delight, his progress has taken a giant leap and he is quickly moving from a guppy to a dolphin in his abilities.
Where do you demonstrate the greatest level of focus?
How does your single-minded attention impact your experience of these events and your ability to perform at your best?
“My goal, with whatever I am working on, is to lose track of time.”
—Ben Marcus, American author and professor
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How often do you experience a sense of flow through your vocational and avocational efforts?
In his book, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi explores the topic of “optimal experiences” and what makes them extremely satisfying.
In this state, most people totally lose track of time and experience a powerful sense of deep enjoyment, creativity, and engagement.
Where do you lose track of time throughout your day? To what degree are these engaging times both productive and pleasurable?
Where do your efforts actually detract or limit you from being your best or cause problems due to the somewhat addictive qualities of certain behaviors?
What adjustments can and will you make to your flow-meter to make an even more positive and pleasurable difference in your life?