Stop Getting In Your Own Way

Have you ever got so caught up in an activity or project that you haven’t noticed time slipping by? Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Hungarian professor of Psychology, conceived the idea of “Flow” and explained it as a state when we’re so involved in an activity that we don’t think about anything else, and we enjoy it so much that we keep doing it just for the sake of doing it.

In this 10-minunte TED talk, Dr. Judson Brewer, Professor of Psychiatry and Medical Director, Yale Therapeutic Neuroscience Clinic, and a thought leader in the science of self-mastery tells us that the reason why we don’t achieve “flow” more often is very simple – we get in our own way. We get caught up in thinking about past mistakes or concerns about the future and stop focusing on the present.

When we stop getting caught up in thinking, and just focus on doing, we realize that we’re happier and we tend to give our best.

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