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‘The Flow State is being so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter: Every action, movement and thought flows inevitably from the previous one. Your whole being is involved, you're using your skills to the utmost and the result is a feeling of spontaneous joy.’ - Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Live2Flow is the concept of a man trapped in an unfulfilling career who decided to pursue a life of Flow.  This blog is documents the activities of a man who swapped a desk for the great outdoors, dedicating himself to better his personal performance in his chosen sports and to pursue his passion of coaching and training others; the objective is to literally Live2Flow.  This is not a selfish obsession, Live2Flow aims to take these experiences to others and through passionate coaching and guiding help them experience Flow for themselves.

The Birth of LIVE2FLOW

Practising skills on the East Lyn in preparation for the 5 Star WW Kayak Assessment.
Practising skills on the East Lyn in preparation for the 5 Star WW Kayak Assessment. Putting in the hours on my local South Downs trails to prepare for Mountain Bike Leader assessment. Completing the Winter Welsh 3000er challenge to build mountain experience. Putting river leadership to the test over a week of paddling in the French Alps.

Everybody needs to have a plan and I was no different. Trapped in a successful but ultimately unfulfilling career as a Weapons Engineer Officer in the Royal Navy, I had always wanted to change things; wanted to swap offices and desks for rivers and mountains; exchange pens and computers for paddles and bikes; replace meetings and presentations with coaching sessions and experiences. But a number of strands needed to come together for this dream to become a reality, and work and sacrifices were needed to make this happen…..

As the great Hannibal (not the Carthigen General but the leader of the A-Team) would say ‘I love it when a plan comes together’. All of the pieces began to fall into place and I handed in my 12 months notice to leave the Royal Navy on 1 July 11.

This marked the start of a focused period where I needed to transform my many years of participation in river and mountain sports into qualifications. I updated and improved my BCU Kayak Coaching and Whitewater Leading qualifications, fast tracked my way through the Mountain Bike Leader scheme and started on the road to Mountain Leader status. This meant a lot of travel, multiple courses and course work, focused experience gathering and many assessments but the process was fruitful and left me well qualified for my chosen vocation.

Which brings me to the birth of Live2Flow. My decision to hand in my notice rather than continue with a life of compromise was in part inspired by the works of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi who observed; ‘The Flow State is being so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter: Every action, movement and thought flows inevitably from the previous one. Your whole being is involved, you're using your skills to the utmost and the result is a feeling of spontaneous joy.’

I could find no Flow in the world of engineering management but always find it when participating or coaching the sports I love. I have now changed my life in the pursuit of this Flow; my objective is to literally Live2Flow. But this is not a selfish obsession, Live2Flow aims to take these experiences to others and through passionate coaching and guiding help them experience Flow for themselves.

Created on 23-Aug-2012 at 10:26