Hi there, and welcome to another episode of my introspective story. This is part 5, and the other parts are:
Today I’m going to talk about ‘flow’. For me, ‘flow’ is that mental and physical state where everything seems to happen automatically. I’ve experienced it when riding my bicycle, where I suddenly realized that I traveled a long distance without noticing. I still encounter it now and then in other situations, for instance when I’m building one of my ship models.
At some point in time, I came to realize that I seldom experienced ‘flow’ at work. Sometimes it happened when I was giving a presentation, but that’s about it. Previously, I talked about ‘energy’ and ‘intuition’, where I came to a similar realization.
When I first noticed the lack of ‘flow’ around me, I was fortunate enough to have experience with the topic ‘energy’ and ‘intuition’. Right away, I suspected that I would not be able to force ‘flow’ around me, nor was it as absent as I thought it was. So I did an experiment. I was (am?) considering working as startup coach, helping founders grow their company, their culture, their team, and themselves. Now, I did not have the experience for such a role at all, nor did I have a network in that domain. I decided to simply be active in the domain on LinkedIn, by following organisations and people, and by posting content relevant to that domain. Within a short while, I noticed that LinkedIn was picking up on the pattern, by observing the content on my timeline, the suggested vacancies, and the audience of my posts. Within a few weeks, the first vacancy for a startup coach was suggested.
Now you can argue that this is is not related to ‘flow’, and I may agree with you. But it did set me thinking that ‘flow’ is more likely to occur if I create the right atmosphere around me. If I’m active in a positive community, with inspiring people and stories, then ‘flow’ will most likely start returning to my life. It is something that requires attention and nourishment, just like I mentioned when discussing ‘intuition’. So I’m applying that now in various aspects of my life: talking to fellow ship modelers, writing blog posts on personal development, visiting webinars on startups, helping people on LinkedIn, etc. Let’s see what happens.
Another thought I have, is that ‘flow’ is related to ‘creativity’. To be precise, I suspect I am way more creative when I am ‘in the flow’. But since I seem to have forgotten to pay attention to either one in recent years, this remains to be seen in the future.
Upon reflection, this post turned out a bit more messy then I expected. I’m probably just overthinking things. All in all, I think that the topics of the past posts (energy, intuition, flow, and let’s add ‘creativity’) are similar manifestations of the same underlying problem: I’ve been neglecting a non-rational part of me. I’m working on it!