The book review by Dr. Zoltan Buzady
Associate Professor of Leadership, Corvinus University of Budapest
Director, Leadership & Flow Global Research Network
Mental immersion techniques for better running
“I am too stressed out! I am trying hard to do my best in order to get ahead, but I feel like being stuck in the mud! … ”, many of my coaching clients complain to me.
“So how can others manage to finding their inner balance and happiness!?”, many of my coaching clients lament to me.
I really liked this book. ‘Running Flow‘ focuses exactly on this dilemma and it also gives us a possible solution – not just yet another theoretical framework, but workable solutions and actionable advice.
What is the fundamental reason that, despite the great achievements of modern life, despite the ever-increasing performance and wealth, many still feel unsatisfied and unaccomplished about their lives? Why are so many people around us unhappy? Why is it that more and more people ponder about whether their daily activities and work life are really meaningful? What is the road to happiness? What is the optimal experience in life?
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, the best-known Hungarian scientist in the world, has ran a long track record of achievements and successes: founder of the positive psychology as a new field of science, pioneer of creativity and happiness studies, and the guru on balancing the relationship between achieving individual, group and organizational peak performances and yet maintaining happiness.
At the centre of all this, is his the notion of ‘Optimal Experience’ a person can have during an activity, his discovery of the ‘Moments of being in Flow’.
On the very first look, this book seems to be about running – so how is it related to Flow at all?
The real central theme of this book are all those activities, which we perform during the course of a day, at home or at work! When our lives are passing by, day-in-day-out, and we have the personal choice: do we turn our many routine activities into a source of happiness? For this, we need to know how Flow, happiness and a meaningful life come about.
I and our great team at FLIGBY, we have been working together with Csikszentmihalyi for many years. Our ‘Leadership & Flow Global Research Network’ is giving advice and help for entrepreneurs, companies, multinationals and global organizations about how to implement Flow-promoting management. This results in more energy, creativity, performance, and happiness at work.
Flow is a special energy which drives the person from inside!
“That day, for no particular reason, I decided to go for a little run. So I ran until the end of the road. And when I got there, I thought maybe I run till the end of town. And when I got there, I thought maybe I run across Greenbow County. Then the great state of Alabama. I just kept on going.”
Remember Forrest Gump in the Hollywood blockbuster movie? And when a reporter asks him, what were his intentions with all his running, why do thousands of people across the USA follow him through rain and through snow, Forrest simply replies: ”I just felt like running.”
– Well, this is the real magic power of ‘being in Flow’! It even engages others to join in!
Professionally I fully recommend this book.
It is an essential guide to find happiness in your life. The book is fun to read, well researched and practical. If you read it carefully you may even discover what is Winnie-the-Pooh’s deep life wisdom about ‘being in Flow’!
In fact, i have been using this book as the official course book (!) on my global executive MBA courses for several years now. Winning matters on the Olympic Games, in the corporate environment and public sphere, but winning for yourself, your own life, is the real key question, of course!
Are you a winner? This book can win you!
Herakleitos, the ancient Greek philosopher said: No one can step twice into the same river flow – I think, once you have read this book, your perception about your own life, your activities and your possible way to happiness and Flow, will not be the same anymore either.
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi discovered the phenomenon of Flow, which leads to high performance, creativity and skills development.
That is, a possible route to escape the stressful rat race of modern life and a shortcut to the ‘zone of being in Flow’, which to most people is a source of happiness leading to a meaningful life.
I wish to you and all the future readers, ‘May the Flow Be With You!”
Dr. Zoltan Buzady
Associate Professor of Leadership, Corvinus Business School, Budapest – Hungary
Director, Leadership & Flow Global Research Network, Aleas Sims, California – USA
Photos from the Hungarian book launch event with colleagues and friends, all followers of the #Flow!
Photos by Antonio Mederos HERE
LIFE is NOT a MARATHON!
Or is it?
Or is it not?
Watch this clip (2 Mins.) and I am curious what YOU think and feel?