How to cultivate a flow state



Athletes describe flow like they are invincible. Time speeds up. You stop worrying about what other people think. Tunnel vision sets you. Your energy output feels effortless.

It’s a peak human experience, and many of the most incredible human performances and feats have resulted from a flow-state.

So how do we achieve more flow?

We experience flow when we develop a high level of skill in an area, and challenging ourselves adequately. Pushing yourself to complete a marathon often results in a flow state, whereas eating a pound of doritos would likely result in little or no flow state - it requires minimal focus or skill.

You probably encounter micro-flow states throughout the day - navigating traffic with two screaming kids in the car, cooking for a large party of people, or dealing with a complex problem at work. Seeking out these small moments of flow results in a greater sense of happiness in your life in general.

Interestingly, it’s actually your belief in your skill level that enhances and influences a flow state. When you get down on yourself in a race, the minutes start stretching into hours, and the suffering takes over. Conversely, “you got this, you can do this!” results in a laser focus, and can help you push past boundaries and limitations.


Unfortunately, flow doesn’t grow on trees. It’s not something that you can just dream up, or force, either. It’s a skill. Something that requires care and refinement; yet there’s no guarantee it will happen. But you can put yourself in situations where you’re more likely to experience it. Luckily, many of these overlap with your activities as a runner, so there’s a bit of a sweet spot here for us!

Here’s what you can do:

  • Develop a skill - run, run, run!
  • Set clear goals that challenge you - 5k, 10k, half-marathon, marathon, with specific times you want to hit
    • Use resources (hint hint, Weav Run! 😉) to help you get there!
    • If you don’t push your limits, you’re less likely to fully engage your mind - the greater the challenge, the greater the reward!
    • Understand your ‘why’ (deeper motivation) for your goals, and connect with them daily; if it’s “I’m running in honor of my grandfather,” write that in a little note and stick it in your wallet!
  • Avoid passive activities (aka ice cream and TV and Instagram scrolling (UNLESS it’s our feed 😉)

Building skill and challenging yourself over time leads to a rich, fulfilling life. And who doesn’t want that? So get out there and run!

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