Flow is the difference between flying in a fighter jet versus a biplane. It's a scientifically proven, optimal state of consciousness where you both perform and feel your best. It's behind all (or at least the majority) of humanity's greatest feats in sports, science, business, and the arts.
A study of the top CEOs proved that flow can improve productivity by up to 500%. That's insane. It means you can work one day a week and still be more productive than your coworkers who work five days a week. It even improves creativity by up to 400% - 700%, and your rate of learning by up to 200%.
Flow is a spectrum, meaning you can either have a little or a lot of it. If you're at the end of the spectrum, you're essentially superhuman. It means achieving incredible feats like the world's best athletes, artists, or CEOs is feasible.
And it's not just achievable for a few 'talented people'. It's accessible to everyone because flow is a universal phenomenon. There's triggers that activate it, meaning it's reproducible. You can make it habitual so it becomes your new baseline.
Due to the insane increase in productivity and happiness, I'd argue if you're not living in flow, you're not truly living. If you want a meaningful life full of bliss and achievement, it's absolutely essential you make flow a top priority.
Since there's already a ton of great information on the science behind flow and how to achieve it, I'm not going to write about it here. But if you're interested, I highly recommend checking out the work by the Flow Genome Project. They're conducting incredible research and are hired by companies like Google, so it's legit.
I'm also currently doing a course by Steven Kotler from FGP on Mindvalley. So far it's been great, but I haven't finished it yet so I can't provide a review until later.
My personal goal is to make flow my new baseline. It's the difference between an average life and one that exceeds your expectations. It's one of my primary goals for the near future.