8 Steps To Boost Mind Power - Activate Your Subconscious Mind Power (Law Of Attraction)

8 Steps To Boost Mind Power - Activate Your Subconscious Mind Power (Law Of Attraction)
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    Studies conducted around the world these last few decades have
    shown that in whatever context people feel a deep sense of enjoyment,
    they describe that experience in very similar terms.
    Regardless of age, gender, or education, they report
    the same mental state.
    What they are actually doing at the time is wildly different.
    They may be meditating, running a race, playing
    chess, or performing surgery, but what they feel at the moment
    is remarkably consistent.
    I have given the name "flow" to this common experience,
    because so many people have used the analogy of being carried
    away by an outside force, of moving effortlessly with a current
    of energy, at the moments of highest enjoyment.
    The most widely reported flow activity the world over is reading a
    good book, during which one becomes immersed in the characters
    and their vicissitudes to the point of forgetting oneself.
    The person's consciousness when he or she is genuinely enjoying the moment, that is,
    having a flow experience, can be described in terms
    of eight conditions.
    Not all of them inevitably accompany flow, and their relative importance
    may vary, but by and large they are the most salient components
    of what it feels like to be in flow.
    Let us review them one by one.
    Number one.
    Goals are clear.
    For a person to become deeply involved in any
    activity, it is essential that he know precisely what tasks he must accomplish,
    moment by moment.
    For instance, what involves the rock climber is not the ultimate goal of reaching
    the top of the mountain, but the immediate task of making the next
    move without falling.
    A mother gets "totally absorbed" in reading with her daughter not because she
    is concerned that her daughter be well educated, but because when
    they are together she wants to respond to every turn of her
    daughter's body and mind.
    Of course the ultimate goals of these activities-reaching the summit, getting a child to love reading
    are also important but true enjoyment comes from
    the steps one takes toward attaining a goal, not from actually
    reaching it.
    People often miss the opportunity to enjoy what they do because
    they focus all their attention on the outcome, rather than savoring
    the steps along the way.
    Where does the pleasure in singing come from, finishing the song, or producing
    each note or phrase?
    Do we appreciate a fine dinner because we feel full at its
    end, or because each bite has tasted good?
    Isn't negotiating a business deal more satisfying than signing it?
    To be overly concerned with the ultimate goal often interferes
    with performance.
    Number two.
    Feedback is immediate.
    It is difficult for people to stay absorbed in any activity unless they get timely, "online"
    information about how well they are doing.
    The sense of total involvement of the flow experience derives in large part from
    knowing that what you do matters, that it has consequences.
    Feedback may come from colleagues or supervisors who comment on performance,
    but preferably it is the activity itself that
    will provide this information.
    For instance, a climber doesn't have to worry whether or not
    his moves are successful as long as he is still hanging safely onto
    the rock.
    Surgeons depend on more subtle but to them equally
    obvious signals.
    A mother can tell from behavioral signs when her daughter becomes
    bored or distracted, and can change her approach until the child
    is involved again.
    Some individuals have developed such strong internal standards
    that they no longer need the opinion of others to judge
    whether they have performed a task well or not.
    The ability to give objective feedback to oneself is in fact the
    mark of the expert.
    Number three.
    A balance between opportunity and capacity.
    It is easier to become completely involved in a task if we believe
    it is doable.
    If it appears to be beyond our capacity, we tend
    to respond to it by feeling anxious; if the task is too easy we get bored.
    In either case attention shifs from what needs to be accomplished,
    the anxious person is distracted by worries about the
    outcome, while the bored one starts searching for other things
    to do.
    The ideal condition can be expressed by the simple formula: flow
    occurs when both challenges and skills are high and equal to
    each other.
    However, be aware.
    What is challenging to one person may not be so for
    anyone else.
    Few people regard a sheer wall of rock as an opportunity;
    most will simply ignore it.
    Yet the fact is that any activity can produce flow, because hidden in even the most seemingly
    mundane tasks, working on the assembly line, talking to one's child,
    or washing dishes, are opportunities for using one's
    skills.
    Of all human talents, among the most precious is this
    ability to discern opportunities around oneself, where others do not.
    In a given situation, one person will say "there is nothing to do,"
    whereas another will find dozens of things to do and enjoy.
    The individual who is truly engaged with the world-interested,
    curious, excited-is never at a loss for opportunities
    to experience flow.
    Number four.
    Concentration deepens.
    When we begin to respond to an opportunity that has clear goals and provides immediate
    feedback, we are likely to become involved in it, even
    if the activity itself is not very "important" such as a game, a hobby,
    or a stimulating conversation.
    When the involvement passes a certain threshold of
    intensity, we suddenly find ourselves deeply into the game, the pursuit,
    or the interaction.
    We no longer have to think about what to do, but act spontaneously, almost automatically,
    even when some aspect of the task at hand is very difficult
    or dangerous.
    In those moments the distinction between self and activity disappears.
    Concentration in flow can be so deep that the term "ecst@sy" is
    sometimes used to describe it.
    In Greek, ecst@sy meant literally "to stand to the side"; in its figurative sense
    it likewise means to be standing outside everyday routine life in
    a separate reality defined by the rules and demands of an activity.
    Some find ecst@sy by actually moving from one space to another-into a temple,
    a museum, a majestic natural setting.
    Others attain ecst@sy while sitting at their desk, letting
    their mind move into a different world where only numbers, verses,
    chess problems, or musical notes exist.
    Number five.
    The present is what matters.
    Because in flow the task at hand demands complete attention, the worries and problems
    that are so nagging in everyday life have no chance to
    register in the mind.
    It is for this reason that an enjoyable experience
    produces an ecstatic state, the sensation of being in a different
    world.
    For the chess player, this world becomes limited to the
    pieces on the board and their respective fields of force; for a composer,
    the world is made up of little black marks on paper and the
    sounds they represent.
    The world of flow is limited not only in space, but also in time: because
    attention must be focused on the present, events from the
    past or the future cannot find room in consciousness.
    The human mind is programmed to turn to threats, to unfinished
    business, to failures, and unfulfilled desires when it has nothing
    else more urgent to do, when attention is left free to wander.
    Without a task to focus our attention, most of us find ourselves
    getting progressively depressed.
    In flow there is no room for such rumination.
    This feature of flow may at first seem to resemble suspiciously
    what we would ordinarily call an "escape mechanism."
    It is true that flow does provide a relief from obsessively
    dwelling on unpleasant thoughts, much as more familiar forms of escape
    - alcohol, dr*gs, promiscuous s@x provide.
    But the consequences are quite different.
    Because flow involves meeting challenges and developing skills, it leads to growth.
    It is an escape forward from current reality, whereas stimulants like dr*gs
    lead backward.
    Number six.
    Control is no problem.
    When people describe their flow experiences, one of the first things they mention is a
    strong sense of being in control of the situation.
    In everyday life, we are constantly exposed to events over which we have no say:
    A careless driver on the freeway, an erratic boss, a slumping economy.
    In the clearly circumscribed world of a flow activity, we
    know that as long as we respect its challenges and develop the appropriate
    skills to meet them, we stand a good chance to be able to
    cope with the situation.
    Some people experience it as an ability to control others.
    In general, though, the feeling has more to do with the ability to control one's own
    performance than the environment itself.
    Total mental and physical control.
    Total control of one's own mind is in fact too strong an expression
    to describe accurately what happens when one is in flow.
    The point is not that one can always do what one wants, but rather
    that the possibility of making things happen as one wishes is present
    in a way that seldom occurs in "real" life.
    All flow activities have their own specific logic and beauty, so that when
    acting according to their rules, it is difficult to ascertain
    who is in control, the actor, or the script.
    Surrender to the requirements of the situation is a
    feature of flow even in physical activities where control would
    seem to be a matter of necessity.
    Number seven.
    The sense of time is altered.
    One typical element of the flow experience is that time feels different.
    Quite often, it seems to be flying by.
    A chess player comments: "Time passes a hundred times faster.
    In this sense, it resembles the dream state."
    A surgeon agrees.
    "Time is totally distorted, faster.
    What seems like fifteen minutes has been two hours."
    In some cases the opposite effect takes place, and time seems
    to expand rather than contract.
    Many athletes would recognize their own experiences in that of Donovan Bailey,
    world record holder for the fifty-meter race and former
    Olympic champion in the one-hundred-meter event, who says that
    the 9.8 seconds it takes him to run the race feel like an eternity.
    The speed at which time passes depends on "absorption," that is, on how focused
    the mind is.
    The reason we assume that all time intervals are
    the same is that we have invented clocks that measure time as
    if that were the case.
    Sixty seconds to a minute, sixty minutes to an hour.
    But in reality we experience time far more subjectively,
    so that at various times it seems to speed up, slow down, or stand still.
    In flow, the sense of time adapts itself to the action at hand.
    Number eight.
    The loss of ego.
    Many of the descriptions of flow have mentioned the fact that while immersed
    in the experience one tends to forget not only one's problems
    and surroundings, but one's very self.
    It is as if awareness of one's personhood were temporarily suspended.
    This is another result of the intense focusing of attention that pushes anything
    not directly related to the task at hand out of consciousness.
    The climber Dennis Eberl, recounting a difficult ascent of the
    Matterhorn, speaks of those "rare moments of almost orgiastic
    unity as I forget myself and become lost in action."
    Clearly the climber does not "forget" himself in the sense
    of becoming unaware of his position, or the placement of his fingers
    and toes on the vertical surface.
    In fact he is probably much more aware of his
    body and its functions than he is when off the rock.
    Neither does the surgeon or the pianist become unaware
    of his fingers, or the chess player of the strategies jostling in
    her mind.
    What they do forget is their social personae - name, rank,
    and serial number, so to speak, with all the responsibilities these
    entail.
    It is an exhilarating feeling to be momentarily relieved of self
    consciousness, of one's ambitions and defeats, fears and desires.
    If that feeling is not always so deep as to warrant the description
    of "orgiastic unity," it is frequently one of belonging to some
    greater entity, whether a tradition or the "harmony of the spheres"
    that is often mentioned by musical performers as the peculiar order
    in consciousness they experience while playing.
    Or it can merely be the satisfYing sense that one belongs
    to an efficient group working toward the same purpose.
    Western cultures differ from those of the rest of the world in
    emphasizing individuality, autonomy, and the separation of the
    self from its social matrix.
    Yet as human beings we continue to need the feeling that we belong to a community,
    to an entity greater than ourselves.
    Daily life offers few opportunities to experience this feeling, and then often only in settings
    where we are more or less passive audience members at a
    public performance, such as a concert, a sports event, a religious
    service, or political rally.
    Thus the transcendence of individuality that flow makes possible
    provides a rare chance to take an active involvement in something
    larger than the self, without relinquishing mental,
    physical, or volitional skills.
    While one typically forgets the self during the flow experience,
    after the event a person's self-esteem reappears in a stronger form
    than it had been before.
    When measurements are taken of variations in self-esteem during the day, one finds that
    after approaching a flow-like state a person's self-esteem score
    climbs significantly.
    Similarly, people who have more flow experiences also have higher
    self-esteem overall.
    While unexpected, this paradoxical finding is
    not really that surprising.
    Happiness cannot be attained by wanting to be happy, it must come as the unintended
    consequence of working for a goal greater than oneself.
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