Don't you love it when you are totally immersed in what you do, go for the challenge and everything you do just succeeds and you pull out a super performance? That might have been an experience in flow!
Do you recognize some points in some great successfull moments you have had? What kind of moments those were?As Csikszentmihalyi sees it, components of an experience of flow can be specifically enumerated; he presents the following:
- Clear goals (expectations and rules are discernible and goals are attainable and align appropriately with one's skill set and abilities).
- Concentrating and focusing, a high degree of concentration on a limited field of attention (a person engaged in the activity will have the opportunity to focus and to delve deeply into it).
- A loss of the feeling of self-consciousness, the merging of action and awareness.
- Distorted sense of time - one's subjective experience of time is altered.
- Direct and immediate feedback (successes and failures in the course of the activity are apparent, so that behavior can be adjusted as needed).
- Balance between ability level and challenge (the activity is neither too easy nor too difficult).
- A sense of personal control over the situation or activity.
- The activity is intrinsically rewarding, so there is an effortlessness of action.
- When in the flow state, people become absorbed in their activity, and focus of awareness is narrowed down to the activity itself, action awareness merging
(Csikszentmihalyi, 1975. p.72).
Not all are needed for flow to be experienced.