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Chapter 4: The Conditions of Flow
In Csikszentmihalyi’s studies, every flow activity had the following things in common:
- It provided a sense of discovery.
- It pushed the person to higher levels of performance.
- It led to a better state of consciousness.
The key to flow activities lies in the growth of the self.
We can get in the flow when our skill level matches the challenge we are facing. If the activity is too difficult for our skills, then we became anxious. If the activity is not challenging enough, then we become bored. The flow occurs only when we have a feeling of growth, and this is possible only when the activity is challenging us.
There are some obstacles that can prevent you from getting into the flow, such as excessive self-consciousness. If you constantly worry about how others will perceive you or that you will do something inappropriate, you will not enjoy the activity. Therefore, you cannot get into the flow.