3 Key Steps to Unlock Social Flow and Build Deeper Relationships | Steven Kotler

3 Key Steps to Unlock Social Flow and Build Deeper Relationships | Steven Kotler

In today’s episode, we cover peak performance aging with Steven Kotler. Steven is one of the world’s leading experts on human performance, an award-winning journalist, and is a New York Times bestselling author of 11 bestsellers including The Art of Impossible, The Future is Faster Than You Think, Stealing Fire, The Rise of Superman, and Bold and Abundance, and his newest book, Gnar Country: Growing Old, Staying Rad.

Aging gets a bad rep because many people don’t age gracefully, but you don’t have to be one of those many—so what is it about aging that makes us feel old, what is the key to maintaining your youth into old age, and what is the secret to excelling at new skills no matter how old you are?

What to Listen For

  • Introduction – 0:00
  • How do you maintain peak performance as you get older?
  • What is the “flow state” and why is it important for aging? 
  • Overcome burnout and take back your life – 12:06
  • What 3 exercises can you do to alleviate the feeling of exhaustion and burnout with life?
  • What 2 factors contribute to the feeling of aging and what can you do to compensate for them so you always feel young?
  • Staying young – 22:30 
  • What 2 parts of your life do you need to maintain in order to live a long happy healthy life?
  • The secret to excel when you’re older – 42:13 
  • What is the one thing that makes learning a new skill later in life significantly easier? 
  • Is time in nature an adequate replacement for social time?

In order to maintain peak performance as you age, it is important to understand the flow state. Flow state is when you are doing something and you are so focused on the task that you forget about everything and time seems to slip by without you noticing. For unknown reasons, tapping into this flow state as often as possible will keep you feeling young and energetic as you age. While the flow state can be achieve indoors and outdoors, its the time you spend outdoors that counts more. We have an unseverable link to the natural world, and it turns out trying to separate ourselves from it results in aging faster and dying younger.

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