FINDING YOUR FLOW TOOLKIT
BECOMING A LIFELONG LEARNER
In 1940 Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren wrote the classic "How to Read a Book". In 1960 Clifton Fadiman then wrote "The Lifetime Reading Plan" giving us a list of more than 100 classic must reads in order to continuously learn from history's best literature. Adler gave us the how and Fadiman the what. I seek to do the same through this training series.
Narrowing down our focus to the 12-dimension framework, the Finding Your Flow Toolkit has sought to identify the many principles, practices, and tools that fully engaged people use to direct their focus (moment by moment, day by day, month by month, year by year...) on their WIN (What's Important Now).
Doing this has required you to exercise Attentional Leadership knowing what, why, and when to direct your focus and how long to keep it there. While we only truly have the "now" in which to live and perform, we all choose (if so informed) how best to use our time, attention, resources, and practices to find our flow as we seek to achieve our goals.
As we discussed in last week's Finding Your Flow Tool (The Evolution of Flow), getting into your "zone" is a life-long pursuit of taking strategic pitstops and scanning the many factors that either contribute to or inhibit flow and full engagement. Identifying a new gap, setting a new goal, developing a concrete plan, and then directing attention on the right strategy/tool helps you grow your Flow Assets while minimizing your Flow Liabilities. This process includes a life-long committment to learning, self-reflection, study, and practice.
While the many literatures covered in the 12 Dimensions are vast and the research ongoing, in addition to the recommended targeted resources continually being added to the Finding Your Flow Toolkit monthly, I wanted to take this time and share with you a few books that, in the spirit of Mr. Adler and Mr. Fadiman, would give you a library of classics (sorted by dimensions and themes) that you can draw from as you consider your life-long reading and learning plan.
In providing this evolving list, it's important to keep in mind a key premise of the Finding Your Flow training program and Toolkit—that growing your Attentional Leadership skills is both context and time dependent. As such, re-taking the Finding Your Flow Assessment (the 720° sweep) from time to time will help you identify the "one thing" you need in order to close the most critical gap or fortify a vital strength to eliminate the interference getting in the way of your flow.
In most cases this may not include a whole book, but a more targeted chapter, article, talk, or tool that strikes at the very core of your "one thing".
So, in addition to the targeted resources included in each Finding Your Flow tool, I present to you a list of some my favorite books I hope will serve you in your quest for maximizing focus, tapping into flow, and discovering your natural greatness.
EXERCISE AND PRACTICE:
- Identify "one thing" that you currently want to place your attention on.
- Consider one of the resources in previous Finding Your Flow tools or this list to address the awareness, skills, or behaviors needed to close an important gap in your life.
- Commit to a time and place each day to begin your personal study and practice.