To be in “flow” means to perform up to our potential in the present moment. It’s a time that we feel our best and perform our best. We lose track of time because we are so engrossed in the moment. Our focus is solely on the present, not worrying about the past or the future. We are in the zone!So how do we get in flow? Let’s walk through the 5 Flow Principles!
Principle 1: Mindset
Mindset is defined as a set of beliefs or way of thinking that determines our attitude, outlook and actions (AOA). It’s basically the lenses we see the world through.
Imagine every morning you put on a pair of glasses. One pair of glasses has green colored lenses. Whenever you see the world through the green glasses your mind can only see learning opportunities. You embrace challenges. You view setbacks as something to learn from. You view hard work as an opportunity to test your limits physically and mentally. You consider feedback (good or bad) as something to learn from. And you are inspired by the success of others because you can learn from them.
The other pair of glasses has red colored lenses. Whenever you see the world through the red glasses your mind can only see the negative. You avoid challenges. You give up anytime you run into adversity. You act like you aren’t trying very hard because you fear the disappointment of giving your best effort and still failing. You avoid any and all feedback because you believe that constructive feedback is a reflection of your personal identity, instead of simply information to improve the way you do something. And you are threatened by others’ success because it feels like you are never going to make it to their level.
Which glasses would you rather put on each day? The green or the red? Of course the green! But many of us do not consciously choose. We have ingrained habits that choose for us. And often times that choice (or lack thereof) prevents us from seeing the opportunity to learn and grow.
The first step in the mindset principle is to help you become aware of which colored glasses you put on each day. In other words, become aware of the powerful impact your beliefs have on your attitude, outlook, and actions. Learning to develop a growth mindset — as world renowned psychologist Carol Dweck coined it — will help you put on those green glasses each day.
And if you are part of a team…imagine the impact if all team members put on their green glasses each day, each practice, each game. Remember…attitudes are contagious. So help your team put on the green glasses!
If you believe in this message and want to help your team, share it with someone that can go on the journey with you by supporting each other and holding one another accountable to put your green glasses on each day.