How to use flow to bring creativity, self motivation and positive emotional valence to your workplace
Flow is defined by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi as a subject's complete immersion in creative activity, typified by focused self-motivation, positive emotional valence, and loss of self-consciousness.
Prof. Csikszentmihalyi asks, "What makes a life worth living?" Noting that money cannot make us happy, he looked to those who find pleasure and lasting satisfaction in activities that bring about a state of "flow." In his research he showed that it is not only creative activity but also work that can get us into flow.
I define flow as an energized state of mindfulness. I use a flow state in our sessions to create an energized state mindfulness where my clients can create the optimal surrounding for new ideas and breakthroughs. In this state our actions and thinking is freed from the conventional constraints of supervisory attention and control, allowing sudden insights, seemingly unbidden, to emerge.
According to cutting edge neuroscience flow brings significant changes in the prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain integral to the creative process. Areas like organization and drive were marked by an increase in activity, while those parts responsible for close self-monitoring and editing were deactivated.
Our coaching in flow state will bring you unrestrained bursts of inspiration and the creativity of your ideas brought forth will surprise you.