Posted by: XL Results Foundation | June 2, 2008

Flowing with Life Shifts

Make S-H-I-F-T Happen

According to Dr Mihaly Csikzentmilhali, Professor of Psychology and Management and
Director of Quality Life Research, flow is:
“Being completely involved in an activity for its own sake.” To achieve a flow state,
a balance must be struck between the challenge of the task and the skill of the performer. If the task is too easy or too difficult, flow cannot occur. Flow was when famed jazz musician Louis Armstrong was in the flow with his jazz: with playing each note. Flow occurs when every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one. The ego falls away and one tends to lose track of time.In assembling programmes for the
XL Results Foundation, continual shift and flow are key concepts that we utilise to get entrepreneurs into their flow.

Situational Awareness
‘S’ in the shift is for situational awareness. Enhancing and developing keen awareness in each and every situation is an essential operating principle for an entrepreneur. The
people we meet, the places we visit, the intention we set, are the entrepreneur’s ability to seize on critical moments; they are key success variables for today’s socially
aware and spiritually connected leaders. The flow state implies a kind of focussed attention; indeed, the mindfulness of meditation, yoga and martial arts seem to improve one’s capacity for flow.

Heartfelt Communication
‘H’ is for heartfelt communication. The Dali Lama was asked what entrepreneurs can do to make a positive contribution to the planet, by XL Life Member Michelle Clarke. Without
missing a beat, the Dali Lama shared that educating people around the world is the key curing to most of the world’s current ailments. He continued that education — not traditional knowledge,but sharing heartfelt communication — is the key. By sharing and spreading the principles of divine wisdom, divine timing, and appreciation of divine beauty, there is a chance that we will raise global consciousness and make a contribution that creates a positive flow of shift for the planet.

‘I’ is for intuition. Intuition can be enhanced and developed by experiencing life in the moment. Often entrepreneurs get distracted by future plans, or befuddled by past experiences.By being in the moment, connecting to the greater global consciousness, entrepreneurs can tap into to a collective consciousness that serves the higher purpose of the enterprise. Visualisation, meditation and breathing exercises work wonders to develop intuition. Follow your intuition about the types of causes that you would like
to support; charities that align with your enterprise vision and life purpose. Future Trends author John Naisbitt says: “Intuition becomes increasingly valuable in the new information society precisely because there is so much data.”

‘F’ is for Focus. Best-selling author Robin Sharma states: “There is great power in focussing on what you want . . . the person who tries to do everything accomplishes nothing.” Confucius nailed the point: “Person who chases two rabbits catches neither.”
Focus on what you want, rather than what you do not want. Write down 10 things you would like to achieve in the next 12 months. It could be travel,a new business, a charitable contribution, or a wellness programme. Write down 50 things you’d like to do by the year 2012. Who would you like to meet? Where would you like to go? To add a little more clarity and focus, I would love to see your list posted at

Time — respect it, cherish it, nurture a wonderful relationship with time, and make it your friend. As a Deal Maker, one of my greatest values is connecting the right people at the right time. As an entrepreneur, it is seizing critical moments, having belief, and courage and taking action to deliver measurable results. It is fun to see the different perspectives on time:

Half our time is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save. – Will Rogers

Men talk of killing time, while time quietly kills them. – Dion Boucicault

The day is of infinite length for him who knows how to appreciate and use it. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot. – Michael Althsuler

Be the pilot of your adventure, the co-creator of your destiny and the inspiring leader of your legacy. By applying and heightening our awareness about the SHIFT approach to FLOW, all of us could experience FLOW even more frequently in our efforts to make a positive contribution. I happily share one more quote with you… You must be the change you wish to see in the world. – Gandhi

Dave Rogers is Chief Coach of the XL Results Foundation and Past President of the Asia Professional Speakers Singapore ( To engage Dave for Keynotes, Trainings or Executive Coaching assignments contact

From XL Extra! Issue 4 2008


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