In his 2008 book, The Adventures of Johnny Bunko, best-selling author Daniel Pink defines “Flow” as, “the mental state of operation in which the person is fully immersed in what he or she is doing, characterized by a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and success in the process of the activity.”
You know – you remember – the times you have reached a positive state of flow in your professional work. There are the times when your heart, your mind, and your soul are all in alignment. It is when your work comes with ease . . . when the difficult seems simple . . . when there is joy in the journey.
My personal challenge is making the time, eliminating the distractions, to do the important work. Too often I permit interruptions, I am undisciplined in my approach, and I break my own flow. I allow that “ping” from an email, or “alert” from a text message to break my full immersion in an activity. I become less productive – trying to be more productive.
As I personally and professionally commit to be more discipline-driven, I must embrace my own productive discomfort. I must be discipline with my time . . . I must intentionally focus the energy of full immersion in my work. I must silence the noise, engage in the process, and trust in the team.
We have amazing, talented, dedicated peers on our team . . . we build trust, relationships, and capacity. Our trust . . . our belief in the team . . . permits us to focus on our work, to commit to the process.
How can you silence the noise, immerse yourself in the work, and commit to finding your state of flow?