Having explored selflessness and timelessness the third characteristic of flow revolves around effortlessness. The intrinsically rewarding nature of experiences compels us to do it again. I did it, I loved it and I’d like to do it again pretty soon. If you are deeply committed to a compelling goal it will not feel like a slog. As soon as an experience starts to shift us into a flow state our to do list is long forgotten. Passion, innovation and ease.
You wouldn’t have thought you were ready beforehand, but now you are – ready for anything. Nothing can get in your way. From grit to grace. No longer grin and bear it. Bare all.
Don’t forget that effortless effort does require effort and hard work in the first instance?! Words of advice and caution from Kotler and Wheal, “So do the hard thing and the rest becomes much easier: Enjoy the state, but be sure do do the work. And no matter how tempting it is: Don’t become a Bliss Junkie.”
“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