Have you ever been in flow? - The science of ultimate human performance

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I recently came across Jason Silva who creates Shots of Awe on youtube - his videos are like a morning espresso but with awe inspiring videos.

He is a futurist, philosopher and ambassador for the transhuman movement.

The above is more about showing you my trail of discovery - but he is worth checking out here:
After a google of recommended books by Tony Robbins I came across a list within Tim Ferris' (author of the 4 hour work week) interview page on his website.

As I scrolled down, I noticed that there was a pattern. A book called "The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance" by Steven Kotler, as well as other futurist/biotech authors such as Ray Kurzwell, was under nearly every interviewees recommended reads, including Jason Silva's.

I took this as a sign to delve deeper into this philosophy/science (not sure which it is yet) and before getting the book I came across a Google Talk given by the author of the afore mentioned.

"What am I watching?" "This is mind blowing!" - I thought this to myself at least 4 times whilst watching the talk.

This talk/book is not so much about futurism and how technology will aid us in optimizing our biology and environment. It's focused on FLOW which is a technical term for that "limitless" state one sometimes enters where production, creativity and almost "superhuman" actions come easily. Extreme atheletes such as those wingsuit jumpers who hurl themselves off cliffs are known to be in this state most of the time - Why? Well if they weren't, they'd be dead.

So, what are the implications for the entrepreneurs, students, employees, etc..? Well, a study conducted on company execs showed that they were 5 times more productive in FLOW. This is a 500% increase in productivity and means that one can work on a Monday in FLOW and take the rest of the week off having achieved the same one would have achieved having worked out of FLOW. According to the book (which I'm off to devour now) one can trigger this state naturally and use it for whatever purpose one wishes. This will mean producing better, faster and stronger results in whatever area of our lives whenever we wish. God Juice on Demand?

Here's the full talk (1:10:25) :
Warning: If you start watching it, you will most probably be glued until the end.

I'll turn it over to you. Have you ever been in FLOW?

I am really looking forward to a discussion on this with you. Enjoy!

P.S: If you haven't got an hour to spare you can watch a condensed version by Jamie Wheal who has partnered with Steven Kotler (Though I highly recommend watching the full talk eventually):
#entrepeneur #flow #human #mindset #performance #science #ultimate
  • Profile picture of the author tobyjensen
    One of the first books ever written on the mental side of the game was The Inner Game of Tennis by Timothy Gallwey back in the '70's. At least in dealing with a modern sport in a way that the average person could understand. It was brilliant, spawning a whole industry of "being in the zone" books in sports and life.

    What is fascinating is how effective this method of teaching has been to people. You can actually watch video of Gallwey(and others) teaching people and see an incredible and dramatic increase in their performance. The self-help industry has turned into billions of dollars and sports has an even greater developments around this.

    Now, here is the kicker. It just isn't used that much in teaching. Take golf for example. I'm just much more familiar with that sport. There is practically no visualizing, emotionally based, inner golf teachers around. Why is that? Gallwey himself has moved to South America to teach.

    Gallwey seems to indicate it is because of our addiction to lecture based teaching. Teaching that is centered around the instructor rattling off several verbal instructions which we listen to and think we then know what to do. This lacks true absorption of our instruction. There is little to no internalizing of how to actually recreate the skill. And we don't care. This is how most golf instruction is done which has resulted in the average golf having almost no improvement in the distance or accuracy of our golf shots since the 1970's. The pro's have improved but not everyone else. And nobody has notice this because improvements in technology in our golf clubs have resulted in somewhat of an improvement in our game.

    This is how addicting a lecture based approach is to our preferred learning style. The ego is firmly in control. If you want to truly improve you have to learn how to manage this in yourself. But if you want to just think you are improving then just tell yourself you are.

    Come and learn how to apply this to life itself. In learning to do what works it helps to know how to actually learn something so deeply you can count on it under pressure. Then you know you have it.
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    • Profile picture of the author Daniel Kerby
      Originally Posted by tobyjensen View Post


      Gallwey seems to indicate it is because of our addiction to lecture based teaching. Teaching that is centered around the instructor rattling off several verbal instructions which we listen to and think we then know what to do. This lacks true absorption of our instruction. There is little to no internalizing of how to actually recreate the skill. And we don't care.


      Yes, that's the sad thing. Most of us are used to this form of teaching and rarely speak out against it. We allow it to happen. Then, when it comes to taking the entrepreneurial path, most of us expect it to be the same and hastily give up when we're slapped around by our obstacles. We need to endure more.

      New methods ought to be implemented in child development. Can you imagine if they were to be taught FLOW?
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  • Profile picture of the author skyhigh09
    You sir, are not in just a flow. You are in perpetual trance.
    That's why you are here...because... you get a kick out of it.

    Now tap on your forehead once and come back to your senses.
    Great, you may now proceed with confidence and complete the next transaction.
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    • Profile picture of the author Daniel Kerby
      Originally Posted by skyhigh09 View Post

      You sir, are not in just a flow. You are in perpetual trance.
      That's why you are here...because... you get a kick out of it.

      Now tap on your forehead once and come back to your senses.
      Great, you may now proceed with confidence and complete the next transaction.
      Care to elaborate?
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  • Profile picture of the author C G
    So how exactly do you get into flow?

    Cheers,

    C.G.
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    • Profile picture of the author skyhigh09
      Originally Posted by C G View Post

      So how exactly do you get into flow?

      Cheers,

      C.G.
      Like... that.
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  • Profile picture of the author Time Transporter
    The year is 2015 and I've landed on the warrior forum, it looks some sort of mental clinic in here.
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  • Profile picture of the author PaulHadfield
    Like this concept..

    Thanks for the share man.

    Appreciate it
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