The 9 Behaviours or Elements of Flow oF Autotelic Personality

    1. Clear Goals  – Every player knows exactly what is required in order to win a game. The rules and your purpose are clear, you know what to do next.
    2. Immediate Feedback – When you’re in flow, you know how well you’re doing. Your body and mind quickly respond to whatever the situation is.  You do not need to think of anything else outside the task. You’re purely focused.
    3. A balance between Skills and Challenge – The difficulty of a task has to provide the right degree of challenge to a person’s ability. A too difficult workout will leave an athlete frustrated, disappointed and injured. A too easy one leads to boredom and routine. So flow occurs in range between “too much” or “too little”.
    4. There is no worry of Failure – While you’re in Flow State, you’re too involved to be concerned about failing. You’re not thinking about failure, you just know what has to be done and you just do it. You have a complete control but you’re not controlling.
    5. Distractions are Excluded from Consciousness – Because you’re absorbed in the activity, you’re only aware of what’s relevant to the task at hand without thinking unrelated things. By being focused on the activity, anxiety and any other forms of distractions are set aside.
    6. An Altered Perception of Time – Time flies when you’re really engaged in Flow State. Time can either feel condensed – two hours feel like ten minutes, or expanded – seconds feel like minutes. That is why the flow-mode is called “timeless”.
    7. Action and Awareness are merged – Complete involvement creates a state in which there is no room for worry, fear, or self-conscious contemplation. Athletes do not feel separated from their actions; they are one with their performance. This feeling of unity can expand to a person’s surroundings (nature) as well as to a whole group of people working together (team flow).
    8. Self-consciousness Disappear – People often spend a lot of mental energy monitoring how they appear to others. In Flow State, you’re too involved in your task that you don’t have time to care about protecting your ego. You might even feel connected to something larger than yourself.
    9. The Activity becomes “Autotelic” – From Greek word Autos – self and telos – goal. Some activities are done for their own sake, for the enjoyment and experience provide, like most art, music, or sports.  Other activities which are done for some future purpose or goal – like your job – may only be a means to an end. But some of these goal-oriented activities can also become ends in themselves, and enjoyed for their own sake.