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Flow: How to Activate a State of Pure Motivation

Updated: Aug 23, 2023

Do you want to increase your happiness, creativity and productivity?

The phenomenon you could be looking for is Flow. Flow is a term coined by one of the co-founders of positive psychology, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, who describes it as:

“A state in which people are so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter; the experience is so enjoyable that people will continue to do it, even at great cost, for the sheer sake of doing it.”

This encompasses those moments when you are completely absorbed in a challenging but doable task, to the point where you barely notice the distractions around you. Flow excites you and helps you to develop your skills in a way that keeps you intrinsically motivated; continuing the activity for inherent satisfaction rather than external reward. A key component to achieving flow is ensuring the task is something you enjoy, making it obtainable for almost everyone!

Can you recall a time that you were focused on an activity you liked? Perhaps you were immersed in a computer game, chatting with friends or playing an instrument. Did you lose track of time? Want to keep going? Feel free from stress? If so, it is likely that you had reached a state of flow.

These feelings of timelessness, intrinsic motivation and ease led Csikszentmihalyi to investigate flow further, leading him to the conclusion that people were at their most happy, creative and productive when they were engaged in a state of flow. Now imagine if you could achieve flow during your average working day!

To find out how you can experience flow and intentionally activate more motivation join our next free expresso session ‘Flow: How to Activate a State of Pure Motivation’. Organisational Psychologist, Shay Deeny, will be delving into the science behind the theory, exploring how you can identify your own personal drivers and the steps you can take to experience flow.

This session is online and will take place at 08:30-08:50 BST 24th August, everyone is welcome so this is the perfect opportunity to start your day right, with some personal development! Register for the event here. You can also view our full programme of espresso sessions here.

Everything we do at D4S is bespoke to your organisation and built with your team’s needs at the centre. We’d love to have a chat about how we can support you and your team with developing their soft skills, you can contact us by phone at 0131 357 0369 or email us at All of our sessions can be delivered face-to-face or virtually so get in touch!


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