Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi wrote a wonderful book on ‘Flow”. Flow being the state we are in when we do something well or enjoyable without much conscious thought. We may not be aware of what we are doing but we do it well. We get lost in the activity. Think Federer or a classic violinist. He said there are four ingredients of flow.
Challenge – create a challenge for yourself
Risk – take risks
Goals – set short and long term goals
Feedback – get external feedback from a trusted source
A mentor is someone who can give you advice and feedback to assist you to grow into your potential. Think about asking someone to give you feedback or mentor you for the next year. This is a person you trust. A bit like a favourite uncle or aunty. Ask them for feedback and listen carefully when it is given. You will know if the feedback is helpful. It’s your call whether you act on the feedback. This person can help you identify a challenge which is just out of reach, encourage you to take calculated risks, set short, middle and long term goals and give you feedback along the way.