Ever been so involved in a specific task or project that all else falls away? So immersed in what you are doing that nothing else seems to matter? And the best part – when you finally emerge from your complete absorption, you feel happy … even elated! And you can honestly say that this was the best day of your life. Now imagine feeling like this all the time – this is following your flow.
So, no, time does not pass faster because you are getting older; it flies swiftly when you are engaged with something that resonates with your true and deepest passion. Research by McKinsey spanning a decade shows that people ‘in flow’ are 500% more productive and learn between 200% and 500% faster.
I have spent much time reflecting on what brings meaning to my life. I have realised that it is the people in my life – my family, friends, colleagues and clients – that fill my life with purpose, learning and wisdom. The essence of who I am, what makes my life a meaningful adventure, rests in the sharing of what I have learned … and this is what my career has grown out of. This is what it means to work in the flow.
Flow flavours life with purpose
The benefits of working in our flow is both tangible and intangible. For me, a very important one is Gratitude. It’s that feeling of happiness that blossoms from appreciation. And the emotions of thankfulness just keep on flowing. I am especially grateful for being able to do the work that I love and for the wonderful clients that share in my journey.
A tangible benefit expresses itself in the writing of my second book – and, for good measure, a whole series of e-books about our relationship with money, all with the aim of enabling a successful Retiremeant™. This journey allows me to spend time interviewing clients in order to share their insights and wisdom on money stories and work re-invention. I am convinced that the success of my first book was partly because of the client stories. It is clear that people learn more from stories than theory. And stories are so powerful!
I am so grateful for the stories that our clients share. Not only do these stories inspire me in my work and in writing my book, but the stories also inspire others in their Retiremeant™ journeys – they are encouraging and support people on so many levels.
I recently interviewed our client, Lynda Smith, Founder of Refirement Network and 50-Plus Skills. You can read about her and her venture in this newsletter. With this business initiative, Lynda is certainly working in flow. “If you love the work you do, it’s not work, it’s play,” she says.
Lynda is a prime example of merging her Passion with her Purpose to earn a Play-cheque. But her journey did not just happen. It took nine long years of thinking, planning, dreaming, and visualising her flow to get to where she is today. During those years, Lynda continued working for a salary to pay off debt and to invest towards her retirement fund.
Finding your flow often means a parallel process: the work that you are doing at the moment to service your financial responsibilities and the work you plan to do – work that you are passionate about, work that inspires you.
What I know for sure is that investing time to think about your flow, and, secondly, working in flow, can be so rewarding that it is absolutely worth the extra input of time and energy to reinvent your work-self in Retiremeant™.
Imagine the possibility of waking up every day and doing the work that speaks to your purpose – your flow. What a glorious sunrise that would be!