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When everything flows

Some of the most common questions I am asked by people who seeking coaching is,“How can I find out what I’m good at?” and “How can I be sure that I will enjoy it?” Whilst these questions may seem daunting, the past is often a good predictor of the future. Often we just need reminding of the times and circumstances in our lives when we felt inspired or energised by something, and of the times when our skills just seemed to flow. Such times can provide clues to our passions and unique strengths and talents.

Professor Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, is a Hungarian psychology professor who pioneered much of the research into the times when people experience flow. In an interview with Wired magazine, Csíkszentmihályi described flow as "being completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz. Your whole being is involved, and you're using your skills to the utmost."

Thank you for contributing to our survey. We await with interest your insights and wisdom about the times when you experience a state of flow.

* 1. How old are you? Your answers will help us analyse the results of this survey

* 2. What does the term "flow" mean to you? How does it feel to be in "the flow"?

* 3. Please describe the last 3 times you experienced a state of flow

* 4. If you haven't already answered this, what skills are being used when you experience a state of flow?

* 5. What factors influence your state of flow?

* 6. What percentage of the time do you experience a state of flow at work

* 7. What are the consequences of NOT experiencing flow at work?

* 8. What are the positive consequences of experiencing flow

* 9. Contact details