Why is flow the ultimate goal of the Cognitive Principle Matrix?
There are two types of flow states:
Flow is a state where your conscious mind shuts down and gives control to your subconscious mind, but in a positive way. There are two types of flow in the cognitive Principle Matrix, namely:
Normal flow: Operating in zone 3 and 4 in the cognitive principle matrix, consciously controlling your fear and greed.
Optimum flow: Operating in zone 5 of the cognitive principle matrix, where there is no fear or greed and the conscious mind has given control to the subconscious mind, which operates up to one million times faster than the conscious mind.
To achieve optimum flow you have to control your human nature.
Human nature is based on comparative thinking, which can be positive or negative. If a better thought comes along the mind will shift to that and focus is lost and flow will be gone.
Human nature works against flow because of fear and greed. The subconscious mind is triggered by emotions not thoughts, therefore, it reacts automatically to both internal and external triggers. If a negative trigger appears then a negative principle is activated which blocks flow.
About optimum flow states and productivity
100-500% increase in productivity. [Steven Kotler's 2014 book-The Rise of Superman]
…Kotler takes on the latest research on flow through the lens of action and adventure athletics…. [writing] primarily about flow in high-stakes sports like surfing — where focus and concentration can be the difference between a tubular ride and a watery death — but the concept could also have big implications for the business world.” FORTUNE MAGAZINE
“The opportunity cost…is enormous…. Most report that they and their employees are in the zone at work less than 10 percent of the time. [But] if employees…are five times more productive in flow than they are on average, consider what even a relatively modest 20-percentage-point increase in flow time would yield in overall workplace productivity—it would almost double.”—The McKinsey Quarterly
Can you train people to be more creative?
Published on February 25, 2014 by Steven Kotler, in The Playing Field
"When it comes to creativity two facts are clear.
"First, it tops nearly every “Twenty First Century Skills” list ever made. The skills our children need to thrive in the future? According to the Partnership for 21st Century Skills—a collection of 250 researchers at 60 institutions—creativity. The quality most desirable in a CEO? According to a global survey conducted by IBM of 1500 top executives in 60 countries, creativity is again the answer.
But in light of this first fact, our second is far more troubling— we still have no real idea how to train people to be more creativity. But “flow states” change this equation—though this will take some explanation.
Technically, flow is defined as an “optimal state of consciousness where we feel our best and perform our best.” It’s also a strange state of consciousness. In flow, concentration becomes so laser-focused that everything else falls away. Action and awareness merge. Our sense of self and our sense of self consciousness completely disappear. Time dilates—meaning it slows down (like the freeze frame of a car crash) or speeds up (and five hours pass by in five minutes). And throughout, all aspects of performance are incredibly heightened—and that includes creative performance."