So, on a bright cold, Wednesday morning I was having a moment. My stomach was doing little flip flops; my mind was racing in about a hundred different directions; I was hyper alert and although people were talking to me, I wasn't fully focused. What was happening? I hear some of you ask. Was I having some kind of panic attack? Nope, I was just in my flow. What is flow? I hear some more of you ask. Flow is that awesome place where you are so engrossed in what you are doing that it happens effortlessly and you lose track of time. At the end of November, I was in Romania to deliver some training to police, prosecutors and judges on domestic violence and I was most definitely in my flow. There were a few niggles and the days were long, but none of this registered until the days were over. This week's post is about finding your flow and going with it.
First off, I have some questions for you: even if you don't have a name for how you feel, where is that place where you are in flow? What is it that you do that makes you lose track of time? What is that thing that you do so effortlessly? What is that thing that you do that brings you joy and trepidation in equal measure? Whatever it is, it's your flow. And when we operate from our flow, that is when we are at our most powerful and our most authentic. For me, that place is in teaching of any kind and coaching. That's not to say that I don't experience a moment of panic before I start. I do, but once I push past that, I'm good to go and keep on going (a bit like the duracell bunny!) The year is coming to an end and before you start making resolutions for next year, take a moment to reflect on those areas where you were in flow this year.
My second point is once you find your flow, be bold enough to just go with it. Often, we never get into our flow because we let fear stop us. Fear is a perfectly natural response, but never let it stop you from being all you can be. Sometimes, we are so caught up in what we think we should be that we miss the signs that show us who we actually are. Somehow, we've bought into the lie that only certain people are creative and that we can't be creative at work. I say "why not let your creativity become your work?" Life is too short to keep putting things off or in a box. Our creativity is what makes things beautiful and in making things beautiful, we are made beautiful too (maybe not literally, but you get the gist)
As you know by now, I no longer make new year's resolutions. I gave that up when I kept making them on the 1st January and broke them all by the 2nd! However, I think finding your flow and making a decision to go with it is a great way to start 2016. Do you need help identifying your flow? Or do you know what your flow is, but need some help to push past the fear of getting started? Let us help you with that. Contact us on +234 706 335 0864 or through the website and let's get 2016 off to a great start.
Until next time, go well.