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Post-Flow Visualization

Lesson 31 from: Get Into Your Creative Flow

Steven Kotler

Post-Flow Visualization

Lesson 31 from: Get Into Your Creative Flow

Steven Kotler

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Lesson Info

31. Post-Flow Visualization

Lesson Info

Post-Flow Visualization

This is our last flow hack, and we talked a little bit earlier about visualization, about the power of visualization with the banister effect. When I am falling asleep, after I've had a very deep flow state, when you are falling asleep, that night in recovery, visualize the flow state. Walk yourself through what you did, and more importantly, feel the flow state. You really want to lock the sematic address of what that flow state felt like into your body. You can do this as a creative. You can do this as an athlete. You can do this. Anything you're doing if you lock it in, you will massively shorten the amount of time it takes to be able to do all the stuff you just did in flow outside of flow. It lays it down really really fast. You still have a lot of those neural chemicals in your system post-flow. So things are getting locked into your memory. It's a really quick way. As you're falling asleep, first of all, it will put you to sleep fairly quickly, right? And it will put you to slee...

p in a fairly good mood as a general rule. The one thing that I will advise against is sometimes when we start visualizing flow, you'll get, like the excitement will come back from the flow state. You obviously don't want dopamine and norepinephrine in your system if you're trying to go to sleep. So try to not like visualize it enough that you're getting excited. It's sort of like erotic thoughts before you're falling asleep. You're just filling your body with dopamine and norepinephrine and you're not gonna fall asleep. You're gonna be aroused, right? Same thing here. You wanna kinda stay away from a little bit of that stuff, but a really fast way to improve performance is to use post-flow visualization. All right, the second final thing we're gonna talk about today. This is the full list, right? 90 to 120 minutes for focus. Five minutes for the McGyver method. 25-45 minutes for release. Five minutes to create your clear goal list, but 25 minutes to load your pattern recognition system. For the next day, about 25 minutes for active recovery. To me, this is sort of the minimum chart of what I have to do every day as a flow hacker. Again, if you don't have this kind of schedule, don't be mad about it, right? As long as you're applying these things in your life, you are going to get more flow. You are going to get way more success and you will be able to move your career to a point that you can do this. So remember, this is the end goal. This is where you're going for. It may take you years to get there. Not a big deal, right? It's a long career. We're playing the long game. We're interested in how do you be creative over the course of a career, right? The goal of inner creative is I wanna spend my life being creative. That's the goal. Long game, right? All right, the last thing I wanna talk about today before we are totally done. All this information that we've been talking about today, it's wonderful, it's amazing, but I think it puts kind of a very heavy, heavy burden on each of us, I really do. You outta think about this for a second. What kind of creative challenges do you wanna solve in your life? What kind of challenges would you be going after if you could be 500% more creative, if you could be 500% more productive, if you could cut learning times in half? This is exactly what flow makes possible. This is what is available to each and every one of us. We are hard-wired for this. But what you choose to do with this information is entirely, entirely up to you guys. But thanks for listening. (crowd claps)

Ratings and Reviews

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!

KimberlyAnnMurphy
 

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!

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