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I've written about the concept of flow in this newsletter before, but as time passes, I'm realizing that flow is a lot like Anchorman:

“I’m in a glass case of emotion!” — Ron Burgundy

“I’m in a glass case of emotion!” — Ron Burgundy

Kind of a big deal.

Here's why. Flow is the north star that helps us through struggle.

Example: A fellow BV is facing a hard time. His relationship is at a breaking point and the startup he's heading is pushing him to his limits. He asked, "What can I do? I feel like I've tried everything possible. I'm confused and hurt."  

It wasn't easy for me to figure out what to say. I don't have all of the answers (far from it).
 But after sitting quietly for a few long minutes I realized I had learned something useful in my voyaging to date: In the middle of a storm, what you can do is seek out flow.

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He asked, "Is this like Csíkszentmihályi's book, Flow?"

Yes. Kind of. I bet that flow means something different to everyone. To me, it simply means thinking and acting without struggle. 

Three Small Flow-Finding Tips:

  • Do morning pages.
  • If you're struggling at work, take note of what comes easily to you. Do more of that thing.
  • If you find yourself saying "what if" or "if only," realize that they are flow killers. Don't chastise yourself for saying them, just put them to the side and return to the seeking of flow.
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Flow on friends,


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