Flow State Training – Coaching & Courses
Below are three top flow state training and coaching programs worldwide.
1. The Flow Research Collective
The Flow Research Collective was founded by writer, educator, and flow expert Steve Kotler and offers “neuroscience-based training to help you accomplish more, in less time, with greater ease” (Flow Research Collective, n.d., para. 1).
Their training is aimed at businesspeople, leaders, and knowledge workers to help them improve their performance by understanding and triggering flow. The coaching program boasts many famous and high-achieving alumni.
You can read more about them on their website.
2. Flowcode Coaching Academy
Flowcode coaching programs are divided into five main academies: sports, corporate, life coaching, didactics (for teachers), and group fitness.
Founded by sports psychologist Dr. Rick Sessinghaus, the Flowcode Coaching Academy trains coaches and individuals to reach their peak performance using the latest neuroscience on behavioral change. They offer a free seven-day introduction to the Flowcode method to introduce you to the principles of flow.
Learn more about their programs on their website.
3. The Flow Centre
The Flow Centre offers coaching to individuals one-to-one and also training to organizations. You can also train with them to become a flow coach.
They have representatives in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands. They especially focus on coaching elite athletes and businesspeople worldwide. Their coaches all have a background in sports, and some in both sports coaching and business.
You can learn more about their programs and services here.
Resources From PositivePsychology.com
We have more free resources on flow and the flow state available at PositivePsychology.com, including the following articles:
In addition, we have these two worksheets available with a subscription to the Positive Psychology Toolkit©:
Exploring Flow Experiences
This is a tool for bringing awareness to the moments of experiencing a flow state. The worksheet describes the key dimensions of the flow state and invites your client to consider any experiences they have had in the past when they have experienced flow. You then explore the specific conditions that triggered flow before planning a flow experience using the next tool.
Creating Flow Experiences
This homework tool helps you design a flow experience with your coaching or therapy client that invites more flow into their lives to increase wellbeing and enhance their quality of life.
First (perhaps using the tool above), ask your client to identify any activities that they have experienced with elements of flow, such as total immersion, losing track of time, a loss of self-consciousness, and high motivation to continue in the activity. Then ask them to identify their top three flow experiences and design one by considering its feasibility and the conditions and skills required to participate and trigger flow.
Regular experiences of flow lead to a greater sense of fulfillment and enhance a client’s capacity to experience flow more often.
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A Take-Home Message
The flow state is much coveted by those looking to optimize their performance in a range of contexts, including sports, the performing arts, and business.
It can also strike us on unexpected occasions when we are fully immersed in an enjoyable activity in the present moment, free of time concerns.
However, in our highly distracted 21st-century digitally connected culture, retraining our minds to focus in a distraction-free environment takes conscious effort. I hope you’ll agree that the sense of fulfillment that arises from the flow state means it’s worth making the necessary changes to harness this optimal human experience.
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