Editor’s Note: This is Part 1 of a four-part series on the phases of flow states. In it, Contributing Editor JP Schlick speaks with The Rise of Superman author Steven Kotler, discussing both the theory behind these states, as well as the applicable and thereby relatable takeaways from experiences of both weekend warriors and tightly tuned professionals.
Progression. It is a sexy word, often thrown around to show that athletes are taking steps to advance their sport. It has to do with ensuring a continued evolution. However, the root of progression in every craft — whether earning to jump your mountain bike, knit a hat, or play “Helter Skelter” on the guitar — is the struggle.