Flow State: The Peak Performance Formula

Serena Williams, Peak Performance Athlete

Flow refers to a state of mind where an individual is completely immersed in an activity that presents an optimal challenge. Optimal means the difficulty of the task matches the individual’s skill level. This concept was introduced by psychologist Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi in 1975 when he aimed to understand the psychology of positive experiences and happiness.

When you are in a flow state, you feel in control of your actions and are entirely absorbed by the task at hand. Fear of judgment fades away, and you seamlessly progress towards your goals, which become very clear. It feels effortless—actions flow like a river! Famous American basketball player Kobe Bryant described flow, or being in the zone, as “it’s just supreme confidence, that you know it’s going in. It’s not a matter of ‘if’, it’s going in. Things just slow down.”

Flow has been linked to high levels of performance in creative fields like music, dance, and sport, but it can also be experienced in other activities. It has been shown to improve the quality of life due to its association with positive emotions and performance satisfaction. Think about a time when you experienced flow. How did you feel afterward? Many of us love working in that headspace because it leads to such peak performances.

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