6/19/19 – Flow State

“If you’re relying on willpower to lose weight, improve your relationships, or achieve more at work, you’re doomed to fail.” – Benjamin Hardy

I just finished the book “Will Power Doesn’t Work.” By Benjamin Hardy.  This book came into my possession by sheer chance.  To make a long story short.  I had a personal training client cancel on me last minute.  I had some time to kill so I head into Journey Coffee Co.  My local go-to coffee shop.  I see a group of people sitting at a table with this book and something tells me to go up to them and ask them about it.  One of the gentleman hands me the book and says you can have my copy as long as you promise to read the book.  The best part about receiving that book is I posted about it later on that day on my Instagram account and a friend of mine messaged me and told me he was supposed to be at that meeting.  I received his extra copy of the book. At that point I pretty much took that as a sign from the universe that I needed this book in my life. 

One of the biggest take away for me from this book was learning how to set up the perfect environment for me to become completely focused.  Reaching that ever sought after “flow state”.  People try to get themselves to that state all the time and end up failing miserably.  I was one of those people.  The answer to that could be as simple as putting yourself into the right environment. 

Your ideal environment will be dependent on the type of work you need to get done.  I will use myself as an example.  If I need to get things done for the gym, I’m going to go to the gym.  I spend a couple hours at the gym last weekend doing the programming for this week.  Making sure I was in the proper environment for the work I needed to get done helped my creative thoughts flow.  I was able to look around at all of the equipment and think of exercises I never would have thought of if I was doing the programming anywhere else.  Being at the gym enables me to try out exercises I was thinking about adding into the programming.  I was really happy with the workouts that I came up with for the week.  I hope they’re fun for everyone. 

On the flip side, when I want to get focused and do some writing.  Sitting on my couch, with reggae music playing is the perfect place for me to let the words flow. I don’t know what it is about that being in the living room that gets the juices flowing.  I’m not complaining,

How do you figure out what works best for you to help you achieve a flow state?  You’re going to need to figure that out.  You know yourself better than anyone else.  What are some things you enjoy doing?  Maybe being in your car, driving to the beach, blasting music and singing at the top of your lungs may help you clear your mind and be exactly what you need to let your thoughts flow.  For me, the physical practice of movement helps me achieve a state of flow.  I have my own version of yoga that I’ll do before I start doing some work.  It helps me ease my mind, get focused on the task ahead, and let my brain know it’s about time to get to business.  

The next time you need to get some work done.  Try to change up your environment and see if it helps you become better focused and able to reach that state of flow. 



Workout of the Day

A.    Leg Swings
Jumping Jacks
High Knees 
Butt Kickers

B.    Partner Games
– Reactive PVC Drill
-Auditory Reactive PVC Drill
– Double PVC Drill
-Auditory Double Reactive PVC Drill
– Bear Shoulder Tap
– Crab Foot Tap
– Inside Knee Tap
– Seated Hip Walk Race


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