In Andy Puddicombe’s words, “Focus is the absence of distraction.”
It’s seemingly the absence of self consciousness and, in some cases, consciousness in general.
What happens in the absence of conscious thought? Your subconscious thoughts take over, and your “true self” seeps into what you do.
If you want to see a person’s true self expression, see how a person acts when they’re in a flow state. Look at how they operate under pressure. There’s raw honesty in the flow state.
What makes the flow state so special in pursuit of excellence?
In terms of immediate performance, the subconscious mind processes thoughts more rapidly than the subconscious mind. This creates the sensation of feeling as it time is slowing down.
In that moment, nothing else seems to matter. You’re a man on a mission, and the purpose is clear in your sights.
Looking at the long term performance, understanding the flow state gives you the ability to discover yourself and the ability to reinvent yourself at the same time.
It creates this wonderful paradox of self expression and self creation at the same time.
Doing something consciously until it seeps into your subconscious mind and becomes a part of you.
Maybe this means more love and compassion. Maybe this means a deeper conviction or a higher commitment to excellence in what you do.
Under this man (or, of course, woman) on a mission sensation, anything seems possible. Obstacles seem to melt away. The chains of pressure no longer hold you down. In that state of mind, you are truly free.
Freedom to be your true self.
Freedom to work towards your best self.
Freedom in calm focus.
Freedom in the absence of distraction.