When writing this can happen too. You can end up so fixated on what you’re writing that everything else seems to take a backseat.
And it is said that many startup companies spend their entire time in flow states and that this is one of the biggest predictors of their success.
A flow state is a state of mind that is characterized by a reduction in activity in the prefrontal cortex known as transient hypofrontality. In this state our sense of self shuts down and we become highly engaged with whatever we’re doing, to the point where it just seems to flow out from us without any conscious input.
It is also said that flow states are the ultimate state of human performance, the key to amazing creativity and even the secret to happiness.
In sports, this can sometimes happen in response to a highly tense situation. At this point, time might seem to slow and dilate down as everything moves in slow motion around us. We’ll find ourselves able to react with amazing speed and reactions.
Why Meaning and Purpose Create Flow State
This comes from a belief that thing is important or a feeling that it is fascinating and exciting. That then causes the brain to focus entirely on that thing going on. Nothing else seems more important and so all of your resources are directed that way because it seems so important.
You have a single set goal and something that you feel highly intrinsically motivated to accomplish when you find your purpose in life.
Because our body knows it needs to promote flow in order to survive, we attain flow states when we are snowboarding down the side of a mountain at breakneck speeds. When we are working on something we love, the same effect is caused by our simple love for that topic.
The incredible inspiration, focus and sense of fulfillment that can come from this is unmatched and that is why it is so important that you discover your life’s purpose and your meaning.