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 special snowflakes. 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.
Let's do some calculations. Assuming it takes you one year of full-time meditation to achieve a 500% increase in productivity (a tangible goal if you're following a protocol such as The Mind Illuminated), it makes no sense not to do this right now. Every year you spend working not in deep flow is literally 5x less productive.
This means in five years, if you spent the first year mastering flow, you'd spend the rest at 5x output. That's twenty years of productivity compared to five, which you're also taking with you for the rest of your life, so it's exponential.
And even if it takes longer than a year to master, it's still worth every second. Work is a long-term game.
A 5x increase in productivity is also barely the limit. It's just what current studies demonstrate, and the people in those studies aren't Zen monks by any means. No one even knows what the cap is. It's probably way higher, which is evident from insanely prolific individuals such as Nikola Tesla.
The bottom line is if you're not focusing on flow, you're being unproductive. Many people think it's not possible so they don't do it, despite the clear evidence. Or they just can't be bothered. But if you want to live an extraordinary life, this is of prime importance.