If you want to be successful in life and in your career, you need to work on your goals step by step. But you can’t do that if you’re distracted by many different things. That’s why you need to get into flow state.
Psychologists say that achieving this state can help increase productivity, happiness, and energy. If you’ve ever felt so absorbed by what you’re doing—that’s what flow state is. And that’s what we’re going to talk about today.
Here you’ll learn the benefits of flow state and how to tap into it to live a better life.
What is Flow State?
Just like the name implies, flow state is a state of mind. It’s when you get fully immersed in an activity that everything just “flows” smoothly. While in this mental state, you become so involved with what you’re doing that time seems to fly. Ideas keep pouring in. This is when you are at your most productive because you’re utilizing your skills to their fullest.
Flow can occur for different people in different ways. It usually happens when you’re doing something that you enjoy and something that you are skilled at. Flow state is most commonly associated with creative arts like painting, drawing, and writing. But it can also happen when you’re doing physical activities like soccer, tennis, running, dancing, skiing, and other activities—including work.
Researchers say that if you cultivate the flow in your daily life, you will benefit in terms of performance, health, and well-being.
When you’re not in the flow state, it’s much harder to get things done. You may end up feeling disengaged and working harder than ever.
Flow state or flow psychology presents a solid alternative to the daily grind. You can work faster and more effectively by getting into the flow.
What are the Benefits of Flow State?
The flow state doesn’t just increase productivity, it also increases your enjoyment of said activities. According to Steven Kotler, author of “The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance”, this increase in performance and enjoyment can be credited to the brain’s neurochemicals.
During flow state, your brain releases a mix of five neurochemicals including norepinephrine, dopamine, anandamide, serotonin, and endorphins.
Kotler wrote: “Motivationally, these five chemicals are the biggest rewards the brain can produce, and flow is one of the only times the brain produces all five simultaneously. This makes the state one of the most pleasurable, meaningful and—literally—addictive experiences available.”
This also means that you exhibit increased brain function in flow state, which allows you to process more data at a time.
Flow has a number of physical and mental health benefits. This mindset helps reduce stress and promote your well-being. It also helps with emotional regulation, allowing you to work with more emotional complexity. As an entrepreneur, you need to know how to process your emotions effectively so you can make better decisions.
It also improves your mood and motivation, which helps when you’re trying to accomplish all the goals you’ve set.
How Can Salespeople & Business Owners Benefit from Flow State?
Whether you’re trying to increase your sales or find new leads for your business, it can all get very stressful. But getting into flow state helps clear everything up. It allows you to focus on the work at hand and actually get things done.
It can even make your work a lot more fun. If you enjoy your work, it’s a lot easier to be productive. You can build better relationships with your clients and stay focused on how you can give value to them.
When you’re in the flow, you feel at ease, relaxed, and focused. It gives you a feeling of purpose and joy. With that kind of mindset, you can deliver your best work.
In the flow, you feel a sense of ease, relaxed focus, immersion, a suspension of time, a keen sense of purpose, and joy.
Business owners often need to get into flow state to find new clients, create new connections, and land more opportunities. Businesspeople can utilize this state of mind to get the best results, no matter what their goals are.
Getting into this mental state is all about doing work for its own sake: not for a reward, but for the sake of completing that particular task.
So if you’re a business owner or a salesperson who wants to achieve more, you need to get into flow state more often. Now the question is how?
How Do Business Professionals Get into Flow State?
Although we didn’t list “running a business” as one of the activities that often leads into a flow state, business professionals and entrepreneurs can still reach it.
Flow state is like getting in the zone. Workers typically expect work to be stressful and unpleasant—but flow state proves the opposite. It shows that work can be enjoyable and that it can be accomplished for its own sake.
If you want to get into flow state more often, you need to connect to a clear purpose. Knowing what you’re working towards helps keep the noise out. This is the biggest requirement for the flow state of mind. A clear sense of purpose gives you a real connection to the meaning behind your work. This means you can commit to it fully and you can get into flow state easier.
If you’re finding it difficult to get into and stay in flow state, don’t worry: it is difficult to get in the zone sometimes. The flow state is elusive. Sometimes you experience it for just a few minutes and then lose it quickly.
Some people have “autotelic personalities” which means they are wired to get into the flow state very easily. Even though we all can’t have this type of personality, we can still learn from the people who do have it.
Autotelic individuals are not necessarily high-achievers, but they have similar traits. People with autotelic personalities complete tasks for the joy of it. It’s something entrepreneurs can pick up and learn from. Learn to love every aspect of the job so you can get in the zone effortlessly.
You should also limit external distractions so it’s easier to stay focused on what you’re doing. You need deep focus to get into the flow. Stop multitasking and work on your tasks one by one.
Finally, to get into flow state, you need to practice mindfulness. Consciously paying attention to what you’re doing and not just doing it mindlessly will allow you to get into flow state faster. Be present with your thoughts, emotions, and conversations with other people.
How Kennected Leverages Flow State to Build an Empire
Kennected has developed the best LinkedIn automation tool out there—and we’re continuing to build our empire by leveraging flow state and allowing our team members to tap into it effectively.
In fact, we have invested into sound isolating headphones for all of our salespeople to help them focus when they want to get into flow state. It helps every member stay productive and give their best.
Aside from sound isolating headphones, Kennected also provided sound isolating workspaces to completely eliminate external distractions. People can work at their own pace and be as productive as possible. If the office or the studio is too loud, the team has the ability to work from home.
We understand that people once in flow state are able to create more, and in shorter time. Whether it be content, or sales—flow state allows you to tap into your superhuman capabilities that are otherwise lost when not in flow. Kennected encourages our staff to leverage flow to win in business, and to take the flow state mentality to their personal and family life.
Here at Kennected, we help team members and salespeople get into flow state so they can give their best shot all the time. It’s how we’ve grown into the company we are today, and why we’re trusted by more than 10,000 companies.
If you want to learn more about Kennected’s automation tool, you can book a demo today!