This movie would have definitely been a lot different if Angelina turned out to be wrong about Wesley's abilities in this scene.
Now to bring this all back to reality for a moment, I know we aren't here to become Superman and we're not aiming to perform feats that defy physics, but here's the takeaway. Both of these stories, Rise of Superman and Wanted, illustrate the importance of achieving that state of mind where your focus is as sharp as it could possibly be.
Both showed that when you are in your "flow" state of mind you will see you perform your best, make instinctual decisions that are on point and push your boundaries of what you thought you were capable of.
Two things happened for me as Stephen Kotler's speech about "flow" poured into my ears and Wesley curved his first bullet on the TV screen before me:
1) I turned off the audiobook and ignored the TV
2) I hit the weight rack and achieved a personal best for my deadlift (140lb)
3) After finishing I went home, sat down at my computer and quickly cut together 4 new scenes for the comedy series I was working on.
That deadlift personal best is still remarkable to me because a shoulder injury often prevents me from putting too much weight on. That day, no pain. And the scenes I cut together? The director loved them and they changed very little for the final cut of those episodes. The pacing was right on for each of them.
After turning off the audiobook and quieting my mind I was able to focus wholeheartedly on my gym goal that day. And when I got home, I blocked distracting tabs on my browser like email, Facebook and Twitter and put my phone on silent.
In those moments, I achieved a bit of this flow state of mind I had heard so much about.
What's distracting you while you work? Right now, you might actually say it's this blog (ummm…touché) . But there are other things that may be distracting you externally (social media notifications, text messages, other colleagues dropping into your office or that cat sitting on your keyboard) or internally (What to make for dinner tonight? When should I call that person back? Gotta remember to pay that bill!).
Nowadays "flow" also goes by a different name: mindfulness.
Whatever you call it, you can achieve it by recognizing what is distracting you and taking steps to block it from your mind.
You may not always be able to achieve it (unless you truly are superhuman…) but for those times that you do, you may surprise yourself with what you're able to accomplish.
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