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Get Into Your Creative Flow

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Fulfill Your Creative Potential

Steven Kotler

Get Into Your Creative Flow

Steven Kotler

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6. Fulfill Your Creative Potential


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1 How To Watch Duration:01:15
2 Introduction to Workshop Duration:06:12
3 What is Creativity Duration:04:58
4 Mapping the Creative Process Duration:02:57
5 The Creative Personality Duration:10:57
8 Reframing Duration:10:36
9 The Bannister Effect Duration:07:17
10 Flow Overview Duration:05:33
11 The Science of Flow Duration:13:31
12 Your Brain on Flow Duration:22:34
13 Your Flow Profile Duration:10:22
14 Flow Triggers Duration:08:41
16 Overview of the Flow Cycle Duration:03:39
17 The Struggle Phase Duration:05:05
18 Hacking the Grind Duration:11:14
19 Hacking the Mind Duration:12:00
20 Hacking the Most Duration:07:38
22 The Release Phase Duration:03:00
23 Release Triggers Duration:17:49
24 Build a Trigger List Duration:12:38
25 The MacGyver Method Duration:08:12
26 The Flow Phase Duration:05:42
27 The High Perch Experience Duration:08:52
28 Flow's Creative Trigger Duration:07:59
29 Minimal Feedback for Flow Duration:03:54
30 The Recovery Phase Duration:10:27
31 Post-Flow Visualization Duration:04:08

Lesson Info

Fulfill Your Creative Potential

This is the first exercise I wanna walk through. And we've talked about how creativity is dangerous and how it is difficult. But I wanna talk about the flip side. I wanna talk about the costs of under-fulfilling your creative potential. So, what have been the costs, is the first question I need you to answer. I'll give you about a minute to write it down. Just think about it. What have been the costs of under-fulfilling your creative potential? Not living up to who you can be creatively, to your sense of purpose and your peace of mind. Give me a couple sentences. What has been the cost of under-fulfilling your creative potential to your loved ones, partners, your families, boyfriends, girlfriends? How has you not being the person you want to be impacted them? Under-filling your creative potential, how has impacted your career, your prosperity? And as a final question, how much long are you guys willing to suffer the consequences of under-filling your creative potential? Hours, minutes,...

and days. Alright, does anybody's answers along the way that has surprised them? I'm gonna ask a couple of you guys to read them out loud so I know this stuff is personal, but I wanna know if anybody discovered things about themselves, doing this exercise, that surprised you guys a little bit. Would you mind just reading through your four answers for us? My name is Isaac and something you said earlier struck me about, you asked has anyone here creativity saved your life? And your first question about the cost of under-fulfilling our creative potential, I realized that when I'm not fulfilling my creative potential, I don't really have a will to live. I just see life as futile. Like what am I doing here? Going to this job to pay the bills and going to the bar on a Friday night. This is, what am I doing, this is not worth even being alive for. But then as soon as I'm doing my creative self-expression, I'm full of passion and excitement and I don't wanna do anything else. Awesome, thank you. What he said is that, you know, has creativity saved your life? And it's almost, I've found the opposite where creativity has been very dangerous to me because I've gone through periods of depression. And so, to me it's almost like the creativity is part of that more dangerous side. But my answer to under-fulfilling your creative potential to my loved ones ... Creativity is part of who I am and is part of who makes me, me. It gives me my personality and my ambition and my drive and my interests. And when I'm not being creative, it impacts who I am to myself and to my loved ones. And I'm not being the person that they fell in love with. I'm not being true to myself or to them when I'm not being creative. That's awesome, thank you.

Class Description

Do you want to learn more about flow? Take the Free Flow Profile to find out if you are a Deep Thinker, Crowd Pleaser, Hard Charger, or Flow Goer.

If creativity is already core to your life, then this program is perfect for you. This could mean you’re a copywriter at an ad agency, a scientist hunting a breakthrough, a coder designing software, an entrepreneur dreaming up your next start-up, a writer aching to finish that novel or a landscape painter trapped in the life of an accountant — all that matters is that generating novel ideas (and putting those ideas out in the world in some form or another) is core to your life and purpose.

Why Does “Flow for Creatives” even matter?

  • You keep losing the battle to be innovative in the rush to be productive.

  • You have writer’s block or coder’s block or painter’s block and the thing you used to love most in your life has become a source of pain and frustration.

  • You have trouble managing your emotions and fear keeps getting in the way of your good ideas.

  • You have trouble sustaining momentum on projects and tend to quit early rather than to finish what you started.

  • You have no idea how to gain access to groundbreaking insights and ideas when you need them most.

  • You don’t actually believe creativity is trainable.

  • You’re numbing yourself with substances and placating yourself with distractions as a way to ignore the fact that you’re not living up to your creative potential.

  • You get lost in the fixing to get ready phase, and never get down to business.

  • You keep bashing into creative walls but never breaking thru.

  • Your emotions keeping getting in the way of your desired outcomes. Fear of failure keeps you from committing to projects; perfectionism keeps you from making your work public.

Flow For Creatives can help.

It’s like an inspiration turbo-boost training program. It’s practical, experiential and experimental. You learn a new idea about Flow and Creativity, apply it to whatever problem you’re trying to solve, see what happens, then make it your own.

And, did you know…

  • When in Flow, your creative problem-solving abilities can spike by over 400 percent.

  • Research done at Harvard shows that the heightened creativity produced by Flow can outlast the state by a day, sometimes two—suggesting that Flow actually trains the brain to think more creatively over the long haul.

  • Creatives are more prone to depression than most people, but an understanding of the process can protect against this liability.

  • Creativity tops the list of 21st-century skills—meaning those skills that are essential for thriving in the modern world—yet 75 percent of people think they’re not living up to their creative potential.

  • The baseline brainwave state produced by Flow is also the ready condition for “Ah-ha” insight, meaning being in the zone makes you primed for breakthrough insight.

  • Fear blocks creativity, while Flow resets the nervous system, calming us down so we can avoid burnout and gain access to much-needed insight.

  • Unless you know how to train the brain properly, most people tap into their deepest creative potential at age 5.

  • Frustration is actually a built-in component of the creative process—it’s a sign that you’re moving in the right direction not a sign that you’re going about it all wrong.

Life is better than ever and we are feeling worse than evener. We are neurotic, stressed, unmotivated and it’s literally killing us. This class is for anyone that is serious about staying in their highest performing state.

*Warning: this instructor occasionally uses strong language. Viewer discretion advised*


Jeremy Richardson

I've watched and participated in many webinars and online classes, and this was by far one of the best. The depth and breadth of information that Steven covers in this class is not only really important, but he structures it in a way that is engaging and most importantly: PRACTICAL. I'm coming out of this with a clear list of ways to improve my ability to get into Flow while accomplishing all of my creative endeavors. I highly recommend this to anyone who would like to do the same!


This is amazing. Steven is hitting so many pain point for me about reframing my fear. He is also an amazing presenter. Thank you, Steven! I am excited, I am excited, I am excited!

Isaac Freed

Utterly mind blowing. Wow. A few hours listening to Steven Kotler felt more like a few days. He has done his research, and offers so much practical application advice that I will review this material several times. Well worth it, and highly recommended. Thank you, Creative Live!