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Post-Flow Visualization

Steven Kotler

Get Into Your Creative Flow

Steven Kotler

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31. Post-Flow Visualization


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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

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)

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!