What’s the point of performing optimally?

Written by Stuart Haden on June 13, 2018

The question behind this question can be one of two things – it can represent a genuine need to establish an end game for being at one’s very best. Or it’s the root of resistance and a get out clause for not entering ‘the zone’.

In a recent study (University of Sydney) subjects were given the classic test of creativity and problem solving – the nine dot problem. Under normal circumstances fewer than 5% of the population can crack it. In a control group no one did, but in a flow-induced group 40% connected the dots in record time.

This is equivalent to 8 times the norm. Where the conscious mind struggles the sub conscious mind flourishes. Rational default, might be at fault. Instead as Kotler and Wheal describe, “Richness of a nonordinary state affords us perspective and allows us to make connections where none ay have existed before.”

“If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.” Chartres. This posting was inspired by Stealing Fire, Chapter 2: why it matters.