Unlocking Human Performance: The Power of Flow | Steven Kotler | TEDxABQ
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TLDR Flow, a state of optimal consciousness achieved through focus and triggers, can significantly enhance performance, productivity, and creativity in individuals and organizations.
Taking time off and pushing boundaries in action sports led to significant improvements in human performance.
Action-adventure sport athletes have achieved more impossible feats than any group in history by tapping into a state of consciousness known as flow.
Flow is an optimal state of consciousness where we are fully absorbed in a task, and contrary to popular belief, it is not the result of using more of our brain, but rather using less as our prefrontal cortex deactivates.
When we are in a state of flow, our prefrontal cortex shuts down certain functions like time perception and self-criticism, allowing us to experience liberation and improved performance.
Flow, a state of heightened performance, increases risk-taking, creativity, physical performance, and cognitive abilities by releasing five powerful neurochemicals, making it one of the most addictive and motivating states that can boost productivity by 500%.
Flow is a state of enhanced creativity and learning achieved by combining novel and old ideas, and can be accessed by anyone through 20 triggers, with focus being the first trigger.
High-performing individuals and organizations, including action-adventure sport athletes and Navy SEALs, focus their attention on triggers that drive them into the present moment, allowing them to achieve tremendous amounts of flow and performance.
Building organizations around triggers that maximize flow can lead to significant increases in performance, productivity, and creativity, and it's up to individuals to decide how to utilize this information.