Bowen Dwelle first heard about flow on a kitesurfing trip in Maui in early 2013. “Flow,” a concept identified by psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, occurs when someone is in a state of mind where they are effortlessly focused on the task at hand. Flow can occur during an intensely physical task (such as kitesurfing), and it can happen in the workplace.
Dwelle, a member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization in San Francisco since 2009, wanted to share the concept of flow with his friends in EO, so he launched Flow Forum in 2014. As part of the forum, members participate in physically strenuous activities such as a 1-mile swim in the San Francisco Bay or snowshoeing up a 10,000-foot peak in the Sierra Nevada. The hope is that finding flow in a physical activity will allow one to find it in his or her work. To find your own flow, Dwelle offers advice below:
“If you feel the wheel is turning in the wrong direction, get outside and get moving.”
“There is a feedback loop directly connecting the energy we put into the world and the energy we get back from the world—or that the world takes from us. If you feel the wheel is turning in the wrong direction, get outside and get moving. Even 10 minutes of authentic physical activity outdoors every day will lift your mood and get the wheel turning in the right direction.”
This article originally appeared in the February 2017 issue of SUCCESS magazine.