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Feeling The Flow To Focus

According to Mihaly Csíkszentmihályi, author of Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Performance, we need to use both sides of our brain in order to be feeling the flow to focus.  This article written by John M. Eger for the Huffington Post cites various brilliant minds including Steve Jobs (once again) and how we need to think differently in the new economy.

Feeling The Flow To Focus

Author and educator Mihaly Csíkszentmihályi describes getting both sides of the brain to work together as “flow… a mental state of operation in which a person in an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and success in the process of the activity.”

Drawing on both the right and the left logical side is more difficult in large part because we have not used the right side much. Most education aims at nurturing the left side so after a time the right side kind of atrophies.

Betty Edwards, author of Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain advocates, “suppressing” the left side of the brain in favor of the right side. As Tony Schwartz, author of The Art of the Mind describes the process: “It focuses on disregarding preconceived notions of what the drawn object should look like, and on individually ‘seeing’ edges or lines, spaces, relationships, and lights and shadows, later combining them and seeing them as a whole, or gestalt.”

Which side of your brain are you using? Has anyone asked you that question before? Are you already using both sides of your brain, thus feeling the flow to focus? I love the citation of the campaign launched by Steve Jobs for Apple called ‘Think Different':

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward.

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And finally, John M Eger mentions Sir Ken Robinson as the creativity expert.  Here’s a 20 minute clip by Sir Ken Robinson on How Schools Kill Creativity, which I highly recommend you watch:

Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?