Rian Doris is a Neuroleadership Institute Coach and co-founder and CGO at of Flow Research Collective.
Imagine being able to tune your brain to where it’s fully focused and immersed in the zone. This can be achieved via a Flow State. Flow can create peak performers and get your creative juices flowing. Listen to this episode with me and the Co-Founder of Flow Research Collective Rian Doris and learn how you can do this too. Timestamps: 2:16 - Who is Rian Doris? 14:59 - The pursuit of finding passion 24:28 - What “Flow” and "Flow State" is 31:42 - Why most people don't know what flow states are 34:22 - Training to be in a flow state 37:02 - The 3 ways to access “flow state” (trans-tech, mysticism aspect, psychedelics)
Today on the pod I’m joined by Rian Doris, co-founder and COO of the Flow Research Collective, which is a peak performance research and training organization headed by Steven Kotler. You may remember Steven from episode 31 of the show where we chatted about adventure athletes who are pushing the boundaries of human potential. If you haven’t checked it out, carve out some time to do so - that show is one of my most popular episodes by far and I think you’ll see why. In this episode, we’re going to do something a little different. We’re going to focus mainly on one topic - that is, getting shit done. You know, since you haven’t heard enough about that in this new decade already. Seriously though, even with all the hype of the new year it’s still a great time to reevaluate your processes and build a plan for yourself to achieve the life you want. We’ll be walking you through what I would call the ULTIMATE evening and morning routine. It’s worth putting out a fair warning, Rian and I nerd out pretty hard core on productivity, flow, and life hacking - so if you’re anything like me you’ll be in heaven and if not, don’t say I didn’t warn you. This episode not only dissects Rian’s strategy that led him to cofound one the world’s leading organizations in peak performance and flow science, but also is chocked full of fantastic resources - so be sure to check out the resources section below for all your geeking and linking needs.  Speaking of resources, Rian and Steven have generously offered to give a free one-on-one coaching session plus 10% off their most popular flow training program, Zero to Dangerous, for all listeners of this show. Simply use the link below to apply. On your application interview call with the team, be sure to mention my name and you’re good to go.  Oh and I apologize in advance for the audio quality on this one. I don’t even remember where I was during the recording, but clearly it was an airport bathroom or something 😉   Resources/links: Custom link here for 1 free one-on-one coaching session plus 10% off the Zero to Dangerous flow training program (be sure to use link above and mention my name during the application interview to receive discount and free coaching) Flow Research Collective Steven Kotler Mentioned books by Steven Kotler: Bold, Abundance, Rise of Superman Richard Saul Wurman - Founder of TED Joe Mechlinski - Founder Shift the Work Carol Dweck - Author of Mindset Dan Siegel - Interpersonal neurobiology Keith Ferazzi - Author of Never Eat Alone Dave Osprey - Bulletproof Radio Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Cal Newport - Deep Work Paul Graham - Maker/Manager schedule  3 suggested tools: Apple Calendar, Asana, Notion  John Sweller - Cognitive Load Theory  Jocko Wilnick - “Discipline equals freedom” Ryan Holiday - Author of Stillness Is the Key Greg McKeown - Author of Essentialism Herb Benson - Developed the precursor to Flow Cycle (aka Relaxation Response)
Welcome to Sleep Eat Perform Repeat Episode #22. Today David and Ciaran sat down with Rian Doris – the Chief Growth Officer at the Flow Research Collective who have a look at what goes on in the brain and the body at times of peak performance. They have a chat about how he got to this point in his career following an accident in his early teenage years, what his day to day with Flow Research involves, what a flow state actually is and how to reach it, thoughts on the ’10,000 hour rule’ and habit formation including reflection. They speak about how athletes are sometimes unable to harness flow state at critical times and the concept of ‘flow proneness’ and whether flow state can be objectively measured and how it fits within the high performance triangle. A must listen for anyone with an interest in sports psychology or how the mind works in relation to high performance environments!
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