I have done good over the past three days to get all of my goals done for the day, each and every one of those days. I have done a blog post as well as a twitch stream every day! The blog posts are somewhat rough, but I am just starting out and the writing style will improve as I practice. I am also working on getting the editing process down, because I know that is the best way to get good writing; EDITING!
The more that you edit the better the writing becomes. I think that I read that in a book about writing by Stephen King but I’m not sure. I know that when i read that book, the best advice he had to becoming a great writer was TO WRITE!
For the first time in my life, I am feeling like I am actually getting somewhere. I am also the happiest I’ve ever been in my entire life. I know that it is because I am doing something that I truly love. I came to the realization that I can do whatever I want to do and that the only thing that can ever hold me back from being myself, is myself!
That was the start of it. The seed so to speak. Now, anything that I want to do; I just do. I don’t even let myself think about it. Before I can talk myself out of something (and that happens A LOT!) I just do an action that is in the direction of my motivation.
By doing that, I get out of my head and I move farther into the realm of action and eventually into the realm of fruition through what I understand to be a flow state. If this is done often enough it becomes a habit.
A flow state is something that I first heard about a long time ago, but I only recently started to think about it when I heard it brought up on Joe Rogan’s podcast: The Joe Rogan Experience (JRE). He had a doctor of something on the show and the doctor was talking about how you can get yourself ‘into’ a flow state.
That got me thinking, what is a flow state and why is that important? I thought back to times in my life where I felt that I was in such a state. Various driving incidents, times with girls, social situations. Even such things like playing pool at just the right level of drunkenness.
If one could just get in the habit of getting into these flow states then one could get a lot more work done in the direction of the things we desire. The doctor being interviewed on Joe’s podcast mentioned that you could stimulate a flow state by drinking a cup of coffee, and smoking a joint (or something along those lines).
I think that would be the wrong way to get into a flow state if you are going to attempt to do it so often that it becomes a habit. The first thing that you would have to do is eliminate the need for some substance as a catalyst. Most of the substances, albeit not to a large degree caffeine or a joint, are harmful in some physiological way.
In addition to the physiological harm there is a dependency issue that comes into the equation. A flow state is something that should be fostered through correct action developing into a habit (and eventually character) that can be utilized. If you rely on an external catalyst to start the state, then the state, by definition, cannot be ‘flow’ in its most ideal form.
This is not to say that nothing should ever be used to get into a flow state. I am simply pointing out the most optimal path and pointing to that as the ultimate correct way. I would suggest that a best case option would be something along the lines of breath control.
The fact remains that the ability to enter into a trance like flow state on demand or at least on a regular basis would be a great asset for one to have. I remember that when I was younger I used to have a lot of what I later learned to be “lucid dreams”. I still have them regularly to this day.
I always imagined that I could study for school work while I was sleeping and then I would not have to do the homework in the waking world and could instead spend my time playing with my army men. Unfortunately, I was never able to develop this ability per se, but I have learned a lot from my dreams!
Flow state is a lot like lucid dreaming. You get into a zone and that head-space allows you to take action according to your will with increased efficiency. To be able to enter into this state regularly is extremely beneficial. To foster that ability and develop a method of obtaining this state in order to become a better writer is one of my goals for this year (2017).