How to Find a Flow State to Improve Your Performance

EP 162 Episode Cover Sun Sachs & Ed Gibbins

How to Find a Flow State to Improve Your Performance

Sun Bio (Founder and CEO)

Sun Sachs is the founder and CEO of Rewire Fitness, the first mental fitness platform that helps athletes reach their full potential and avoid burnout by providing tools that improve mindset, readiness and resilience. He is also a 20 year veteran in software development and a life-long endurance athlete for the past 35+ years in competitive cycling, triathlon and adventure races. 

Ed Gibbins (Co-Founder and CPO)

Ed Gibbins is the Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer of Rewire Fitness, a mental fitness platform for athletes which has been backed by Under Armour, Techstars and numerous professional athletes. Ed is also a Sports Science Alumnus of Loughborough University and has been a lifelong athlete.

Today in episode #162 of the Demystifying Mental Toughness Podcast I chat with Sun Sachs and Ed Gibbins, owners of Rewire Fitness about flow states.  When you have a sense of control, are at peace, have a quiet mind and an inner calmness about you.  We discuss the characteristics and importance of flow states, as well as touching on how you can find “flow.”

Key Learning Points:

  • Understanding self-care can help perfectionist athletes.
  • The perfectionist can be relentless in their pursuit of excellence impacting negatively on their relationships and other areas of their life.
  • Taking yourself and situations too seriously can be a trap perfectionists fall into.
  • A flow state is where your mind is calm, your awareness is increased and you make quick smart decisions.
  • When you are in flow you aren’t thinking about the past or future, it is the here and now.
  • A quality of flow is a loss of self-consciousness and a task only focus.
  • Visualisation, Mindfulness and Sports Hypnosis are great ways to get into the Flow.
  • What is your “flow trigger?” If you haven’t got one, create one!

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To Listen to Flow State Related Podcast Episodes

Ep002: Steve Judge –  How to Deal with Adversity

Ep007: Toby Flood – How Elite Athletes Mentally Prepare

Ep063: David Charlton – 7 Reasons Why Golfers Should Visualise

Ep 081: Stuart Wade – Mental Toughness in Combat Sports

Ep099: Trevor Jones – How to Deal with Overthinking on the Golf Course

Blogs to read to induce a Flow State

3 Ways to use Visualisation so that You are Mentally Prepared to Win

How to Quieten the Mind when Fighting

My Child Can’t Find “The Zone”

Using ACT and Mindfulness to Improve Your Sporting Performances

Why You Should Meditate To Improve Your Sport Performance?

3 Great conversations to have with your kids that relate with flow states

Conversations with Kids – Relax and Unwind

Conversations with Kids – Gratitude 1

Conversations with Kids – Gratitude 2

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David Charlton

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David Charlton

Global Sports Psychologist who is located near Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK and willing to travel Internationally.  David also uses online video conferencing software (Zoom, Facetime, WhatsApp) on a regular basis and has clients who he has supported in USA, Canada, South America, UAE, Australian and New Zealand.  

Managing Director – Inspiring Sporting Excellence and Founder of The Sports Psychology Hub.  With over 10 years experience supporting athletes, coaches, parents and teams to achieve their goals, quickly. 

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    How Can I Help My Children Who Suffer With Nerves Before They Compete?

    EP 145 Episode Cover David Charlton

    How Can I Help My Children Who Suffer With Nerves Before They Compete?

    By working with David Charlton, you and your organisation will be better equipped to rise to modern day challenges and better informed to thrive on and off the pitch, course or court.  Where he inspires individuals and teams to:

    • Cope with pressure and challenges more effectively
    • Maintain positive mental health
    • Compete with confidence more often
    • Manage your emotions better
    • Improve your commitments levels

    David is a Mental Toughness Practitioner, as well as a Health Care and Professions Council (HCPC) Registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist.  He has successfully supported athletes, teams and organisations for over 10 years in order to ensure that they perform at their maximum more often.

    He has a comprehensive knowledge around the development of Mental Toughness, a plastic personality trait, which determines or limits people to deal effectively with change, challenges and stressors. In today’s climate, during the Coronavirus pandemic this quality is becoming more and more valuable to individuals, teams and organisations. 

    In this short solo episode, I answer a question posed by a parent.  “How can I help my son, a goalkeeper who gets very grumpy and nervous the evening before a match?”  Many children across a range of sports face this challenge, often talking themselves into performing poorly before they go out to play a match or compete.  They let nervousness win.  Today’s episode is set up to help parents where I share some ideas on how you could adapt your approach so that you help your children. 

    Key Learning

    • Consider if you are providing emotional support or if you are drawn into problem solving?
    • Offer your children some space.
    • Help your children to find ways to switch off from their sport.
    • Be careful not to over-coach your children.
    • Consider if practice the day or evening before is fun and relaxing or actually fuelling anxiety and perfectionism.

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    Ep008: Brendan Pearson – Academy Football, Professional Football, Injuries and Early Retirement

    Ep074: David Charlton – How Can I Make My Child Feel Confident?

    Ep087: Carl Bell – From Professional Football and Goalkeeping to Physiotherapy

    Ep112: David Charlon – How to Deal with Physical Insecurities as a Young Athlete

    Ep122: Prof Camilla Knight – Helping Your Children Get The Most From Their Sporting Experiences

    Other Relevant Blogs and Resources

    Blog: Pre Match Tips for Parents

    Blog: 5 Reasons Why Being Released from a Football Academy is Difficult

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    Blog: Do You Focus Too Much on the Opposition as a Goalkeeper

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    Also, kindly consider taking the 60-seconds it takes to leave an honest review and rating for the podcast on iTunes, they’re extremely helpful when it comes to the ranking of the show and we read every single one of them!

    David Charlton

    Best Wishes 

    David Charlton

    Global Sports Psychologist who is located near Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK and willing to travel Internationally.  David also uses online video conferencing software (Zoom, Facetime, WhatsApp) on a regular basis and has clients who he has supported in USA, Canada, South America, UAE, Australian and New Zealand.  

    Managing Director – Inspiring Sporting Excellence and Founder of The Sports Psychology Hub.  With over 10 years experience supporting athletes, coaches, parents and teams to achieve their goals, quickly. 

    T: +44 7734 697769

    E: [email protected]

    Search Our Sports Psychology Website

    Popular Categories

    Join Our Online Community Now!

    Mental Edge Newsletter

    Are you an athlete, coach or parent that would like to learn how to create sustainable high performance? Receive our free regular newsletter, where we share proven mental toughness and high performance tips and strategies. If you want some support and motivation straight to your inbox, then sign up below.

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      Mindfulness and ACT in Sport: Helping Athletes Perform Better

      EP 137 Episode Cover David Charlton

      Mindfulness and ACT in Sport: Helping Athletes Perform Better

      By working with David Charlton, you and your organisation will be better equipped to rise to modern day challenges and better informed to thrive on and off the pitch, course or court.  Where he inspires individuals and teams to:

      • Cope with pressure and challenges more effectively
      • Maintain positive mental health
      • Compete with confidence more often
      • Manage your emotions better
      • Improve your commitments levels

      David is a Mental Toughness Practitioner, as well as a Health Care and Professions Council (HCPC) Registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist.  He has successfully supported athletes, teams and organisations for over 10 years in order to ensure that they perform at their maximum more often.

      He has a comprehensive knowledge around the development of Mental Toughness, a plastic personality trait, which determines or limits people to deal effectively with change, challenges and stressors. In today’s climate, during the Coronavirus pandemic this quality is becoming more and more valuable to individuals, teams and organisations.

      In this short solo episode, I explain 5 reasons why you should look in more detail at the use of mindfulness and ACT in sport.  How and why this approach goes on to free up mental space in your mind to enable you to perform better.  I also summarise how Mindfulness and ACT can be used in harmony to develop a more mentally tough individual.

      5 Key Benefits of Mindfulness and ACT 

      1. This approach can help you become a more psychologically flexible person.
      2. It helps you gain a bigger picture perspective on life and sport, recognising that perfection does not exist and that mistakes, losses or negative experiences are inevitable.
      3. Mindfulness and ACT can help you trust your skills more.
      4. The methods help to decrease your levels of stress.
      5. Mindfulness and ACT can safeguard you against being bullied.

      Connect with David Charlton

      Sign Up to Conversations with Kids

      Download THE FOCUSED ATHLETE CHECKLIST

      Join David @ The Sports Psychology Hub

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      Ep013: Karl Morris – How to stay present like a major champion

      Ep092: Dr James Hegarty – ACT in Sport, Improving Performance through Mindfulness

      Ep099: Trevor Jones – How to Deal with Overthinking on the Golf Course

      Ep124: Dr Keagan Hadley – Long Term Injuries: How to Confront Difficult Thoughts and Emotions

      EP136: Charlotte Potts – Overcoming Tough Times in Professional Women’s Football and Bouncing Back Stronger

      Other Relevant Blogs and Resources

      Guided Mindfulness Meditation Practices with Jon Kabat-Zinn

      Using ACT and Mindfulness to Improve Your Sporting Performances

      Why You Should Meditate To Improve Your Sport Performance?

      How to Overcome Mental Challenges When Rock Climbing 

      How to Play Great Golf Under Pressure

      5 Tips to Help You Perform Fearlessly When You Compete

      IF YOU ENJOYED TODAY'S SHOW PLEASE SHARE

      SUBSCRIBE AND LISTEN ON YOUR FAVOURITE AUDIO PLATFORM

      Also, kindly consider taking the 60-seconds it takes to leave an honest review and rating for the podcast on iTunes, they’re extremely helpful when it comes to the ranking of the show and we read every single one of them!

      David Charlton

      Best Wishes 

      David Charlton

      Global Sports Psychologist who is located near Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK and willing to travel Internationally.  David also uses online video conferencing software (Zoom, Facetime, WhatsApp) on a regular basis and has clients who he has supported in USA, Canada, South America, UAE, Australian and New Zealand.  

      Managing Director – Inspiring Sporting Excellence and Founder of The Sports Psychology Hub.  With over 10 years experience supporting athletes, coaches, parents and teams to achieve their goals, quickly. 

      T: +44 7734 697769

      E: [email protected]

      Search Our Sports Psychology Website

      Popular Categories

      Join Our Online Community Now!

      Mental Edge Newsletter

      Are you an athlete, coach or parent that would like to learn how to create sustainable high performance? Receive our free regular newsletter, where we share proven mental toughness and high performance tips and strategies. If you want some support and motivation straight to your inbox, then sign up below.

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