When was the last time you were 'in the zone'?

Think of a time when you were completely immersed in what you were doing, and it seemed effortless to perform at your peak.

Maybe you were doing a work project, playing sports, creating art, studying something interesting, or having a great conversation.

For me there are three activities where I lose track of time and get fully absorbed in the experience. These include playing drums, writing and teaching/speaking.

I noticed this specifically for speaking while I was conducting seminars last week. There were moments when time seemed to fly by and the words effortlessly poured out.

This experience is what Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi calls 'flow' and refers to those moments when we have total concentration and become completely engrossed in what we're doing. We may be no longer aware of what is going on around us and nothing else seems to matter in the moment.

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