Flow triggers explained: Immediate Feedback

As a reminder: Flow states have triggers we can use to make it more likely we drop into flow when desired!  Links below to the ones we’ve already covered!

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Immediate feedback reduces cognitive load because the brain doesn’t have to wonder how it’s going.  If clear goals provide focus on what to do, immediate feedback gives us the input on how we’re doing and drops us further into the deep now.  Real-time course correction creates amplified possibility – constant tweaking/evolution of goals with feedback increases the likelihood you’ll regularly drop into flow.

In action sports, feedback comes from the activity itself and with regularity.  Off balance, you’ll know when you get thrown by changing conditions.  Do the wrong thing on a bike and you’ll end up on the ground!

In creative endeavors and the workplace, feedback comes less naturally and it’s up to us to determine how much we need and what form it’s best delivered in.  Steven Kotler of the Flow Research collective advises determining your Minimum Feedback for Flow.  Once you know how much and in what form, create some structure around ensuring you’re getting the feedback you need. Keep in mind you want enough feedback to guide you, but not so much you’re thrown into overwhelm!  You’ll need to train your feedback buddy on how to do it well!

Here’s one more thing: In the professional context, consider asking for advice rather than feedback.  According to a recent Harvard Business Review article, “Organizations are full of opportunities to learn from peers, colleagues, and clients. Despite its prevalence, asking for feedback is often an ineffective strategy for promoting growth and learning. Our work suggests this is because when givers focus too much on evaluating past actions, they fail to provide tangible recommendations for future ones. How can we overcome this barrier? By asking our peers, clients, colleagues, and bosses for advice instead.”  Further, especially for women, feedback can oftentimes be delivered as personality feedback rather than real tangible input on what’s working well and where improvement opportunities exist.  Asking for advice makes it less likely to fall into this trap.     

Do you use this flow trigger? How is it most effective for you?!?!?
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