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How can you help others achieve flow? And why does it matter?

Updated: Jun 25, 2023

Coaches, managers, teachers, and leaders are tasked with many responsibilities not least helping others improve their performance. So, what if there was a way that you could help others improve their performance, enhance their wellbeing and evolve as better individuals for the greater good of humanity? In other words help them to make transformational changes. Sound too good to be true? Well it isn't and the answer lies - at least in part - in regularly accessing flow state across different activities during both work and leisure.


I have written extensively about flow over the past few years as can be seen by scrolling through previous posts on this blog but in this article I want to firstly, home in on how you can help facilitate flow for others and secondly, reiterate why experiencing flow is so beneficial. Finally, I want to share with you how you can learn more about improving performance, wellbeing, and evolution of others whom you work with no matter what the domain.


Helping others achieve flow state

One of the joys of life is helping others to develop and improve, whether that is learning a new skill, completing a challenging task, working more efficiently, being a more effective team player, developing a passion and purpose in life etc., and helping others achieve flow state is one of the best tools coaches, managers, teachers and leaders can have at their disposal. To do this you need to understand the foundations of flow, how they interact and how to coach them effectively.

These foundations are: clear goals, unambiguous feedback, challenge-skills balance and focused (effortful) attention. I have written a great deal about these four foundations in my book Learn, Enjoy, Flow & Grow: Using the principles of positive psychology to help find passion and meaning in life and in previous blog posts. But the clear message here is that these four foundations are all skills that the coach can control and teach and learning how to skilfully manipulate these can help facilitate flow for others.


Why experiencing flow matters

In a nutshell regularly experiencing flow brings forth many benefits:

  • Higher level of performance

  • Enhanced learning

  • Sense of achievement

  • Stronger self-concept

  • Moving beyond the ego

  • Stress reduction

  • Improved mental health

My online course 'An introduction to flow: The keys to a whole new world filled with learning, creativity, enjoyment & growth' includes a presentation which unpacks these benefits in more detail. The course also looks at the research that supports the benefits of being in flow.


With a list of benefits like that why would you not want to learn more about flow and how to help others lead more fulfilling and enjoyable lives?


Improve the performance, wellbeing, and evolution of others

There is plethora of learning opportunities available these days both online, face to face, and via hybrid events. Courses, workshops, conferences, webinars, Ted talks, blogs, books, newsletters etc., so it can be very difficult to navigate your way through these numerous opportunities and find what is useful and valuable for you. Time is precious and there are many demands placed on it so informing you of yet another conference may be met with a degree of apathy but I urge you to read on.

The Flow Conference 2022 is different. Why? Because it will bridge the science and practice of flow allowing people to stress less and be more. Oftentimes there is a disconnect between scientific research and the practical application of theories and findings. This 2-day conference will bring together experts from the scientific community and the world of coaching who understand flow and how complimentary practices can help facilitate this altered state of consciousness e.g., mindfulness, gratitude, mental strength, managing fear etc. These presenters come from different backgrounds including sport, business, academia etc. In addition to presentations there will be interactive workshops, expert panel discussions, and live coaching sessions. There is a FREE limited access option as well as the unlimited upgrade package which has an early bird offer until the end of May. So, if you would like to help others experience flow and add it to your coaching toolbox then this is an event not to be missed.


The conference takes place on the 31st August & 1st September 2022. To find out more and get registered click here.


Remember that:


"Helping others improve performance, enhance wellbeing, and evolve as better human beings is a gift, a gift that is available to you by learning more about flow psychology and how to facilitate this optimal experience for your coachees"



References:

Tate, D. N. (2020). Learn, Enjoy, Flow and Grow: Using the principles of positive psychology to help find passion and meaning in life (First). Parallel Dreams Publishing.

Tate, D. N. (2021). Transformational Flow Coaching: An innovative approach to development & growth. Parallel Dreams Publishing.

Tate, D. N. (2022). Six Steps for Training the Mind: For optimal performance & flow in sport & life. Parallel Dreams Publishing.



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About the Author

Derek Tate is an author, coach and teacher and runs Derek Tate Coaching. His mission is to help others to flourish and get more out of life through better mental, emotional, and physical health. He offers mental skills coaching, alpine ski coaching, online courses and workshops and writes self help/psychology books.

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