OPTIMAL ACHIEVEMENT IN FLOW
Flow is optimal achievement. According to Mihaly it requires the performer to fully engage with an achievable goal using her performance skills. She focusses on the next part of her decomposed goal. Suspending disbelief and throwing yourself totally into a performance takes courage. Such total commitment may seem reckless to others and can bring jeers in the dressing room before a performance, but seldom after a personal best has been achieved. Flow is absolutely competitive and exposes the weaknesses of others who are less committed and less practiced at achieving their goals. My novel Time is Gold has a runner in Extreme Flow break a world record. htpps://martinknox.com
CAN YOU EXPLAIN?
Questions about how you use your time.
1. Have you noticed the more engaged you are in an activity, the faster or more timelessly time seems to pass?
2. When a deadline is approaching, do you get a lot done? I did when an airport boarding gate was closing and I got more done than seemed possible, dashing to the correct terminal (having gone to the wrong one).
3. When you approach a deadline such as the ending time of a written examination, are you able to create and write prose more quickly than earlier?
4. When a musical instrument player is required to perform a sequence of notes with great rapidity, failure would seem not infrequent but does this occur less often than you would predict from bio-mechanical and neurological considerations?
5. Are you surprised when your performance ‘goes right on the night?’ Rehearsal enables automaticIty and this makes great performances possible, yet rehearsal is seldom conducted under conditions of time and activity as demanding as the performance.
6. Is your greatest success when optimal achievement occurs consciously as a series of ‘in the moment’ episodes?
7. Do you find you achieve most when you have a definite, achievable, continuous and decomposable goal?
8. When your performance is totally focussed on a goal in your brain, is it sometimes timeless because the brain has its own time?
Many people want more of their personal performance time under their own control. In my novel ‘Time is Gold’ a marathon runner and her boyfriend investigate answers for the questions above. She learns to control her own time using time dilation to exploit endurance conditions in extreme-flow. Publication is planned for November 2020.