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139. Flow State: How to Sink In Pay Attention and Increase Focus by Tapping into Uncertainty

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Stanford Graduate School of Business

Athletes and artists often refer to "flow,” "flow state," which is characterized as the feeling of being completely immersed and engaged in what you’re doing. Research has shown that when we are "in the zone" our distractions fade and productivity spikes. How can we use this knowledge to more effectively goal set for the future, while remaining present?

In this episode of Think Fast Talk Smart, host and strategic communications lecturer Matt Abrahams sits down with Stanford GSB assistant professor of organizational behavior David Melnikoff to discuss flow state, productivity, and goal pursuit.

As Melnikoff shares, it’s less about perfection and more about getting into a state of maximum focus and concentration. Melnikoff shares insights into his research on how we can get into flow more easily while pursuing aspirational goals. “Goalpursuit doesn’t always need to be a grind,” he says. “It can happen effortlessly or even automatically. That’s an underappreciated side of human motivation.”

Think Fast, Talk Smart is a podcast produced by Stanford Graduate School of Business. Each episode provides concrete, easytoimplement tools and techniques to help you hone and enhance your communication skills.

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