What is The Motivation Behind Your Flow State? #coachjoe


Most conscious actions require motivation, and there are two basic motivation types: intrinsic and extrinsic.

🧬Intrinsic motivation is when you do something because you love it.

🎻 Csikszentmihalyi said the highest intrinsic motivation is a flow state where self-consciousness is lost, one surrenders completely to the moment, and time means nothing (2013).

🚚 Extrinsic motivation is when your motivation to succeed is controlled externally.

👨‍🏫 That type of motivation is short-lived. A good kind of extrinsic motivation is when you are practicing to get better but you still need a mentor or coach to reflect on your efforts.

The 8 Characteristics of Flow

Csikszentmihalyi describes eight characteristics of flow:

  1. Complete concentration on the task;
  2. Clarity of goals and reward in mind and immediate feedback;
  3. Transformation of time (speeding up/slowing down);
  4. The experience is intrinsically rewarding;
  5. Effortlessness and ease;
  6. There is a balance between challenge and skills;
  7. Actions and awareness are merged, losing self-conscious rumination;
  8. There is a feeling of control over the task.


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