That was it, nothing profound, no life changing, amazing advice…or so I thought at the time.
And then I started to reflect.
It slowly dawned on me, this was actually insanely good advise given what we know about the peak performance state.
The flow state, as it is called, is the state you sometimes go into where every action is effortless, where one movement flows perfectly into the next, where time dilates and you feel godlike, totally caught up in the moment.
It is also the ultimate human performance state where we are performing and crucially for us, learning at 350% beyond our normal capacity. It leaves us feel amazing and has huge long term benefits for health, longevity and quality of life.
What’s the interesting thing about this state?
It’s an intensely focussed but intensely relaxed state.
I looked back on my efforts trying to push my kiting and realised I had been anything but relaxed.
I had been so concerned with trying to get all the movements in place in perfect order, with perfect timing, all whilst recording the damn thing. Ii’d left me so stressed out it was impossible to get anywhere near a flow state.
This is a very common problem. We are taught from birth, that if we just try hard enough we will get there, that the secret to success is hard work, that if we put in the hours and keep banging our head against a brick wall, we will start to make progress.
What if the real secret is to follow Lairds advise? Just enjoy it. Or as Obi Wan put it…”Let go.”
When we are having fun we relax, we focus and we live in the now, all pre requisites for accessing the flow state.
Does this mean all the study and practice was for nothing? Does this mean we should never bang our head against a brick wall? The surprising answer is…