Roger Federer Makes It Look Easy

Working Toward Flow Is Hard, At First

For many of us, Labor Day is a 54101170d8111_-_oct-federer-05transition from the “lazy days of summer” to more focus on business growth.

So when I read this article on the living legend of professional tennis, Roger Federer, I knew I had to write about his process as we move more fully into the flow of our work.

The article states that, “Not only has Mr. Federer spent more than a decade at the mountaintop of his sport, he has done so with the apparent ease of a fish swimming downstream.” I believe this refers to the flow that many of us seek in our work.

On his journey he has created some transitions that seem contrary to “standard” practices, but led to his success in the long run, and so bear discussion.

Mr. Federer:

  • became more successful when he let go of his perfectionism (and the associated “tempestuous demeanor”)
  • made a cognizant decision “I want to be happy when I play.”
  • took specific steps to achieve a detached perspective, which led to greater happiness
  • reframed frustrating things to see the benefits, which lead to appreciation, gratitude and relaxing into the flow of his work

Like the practices of Creating Joyful Work, Federer’s efforts to be more relaxed about his career do not mean happy, happy, happy all the time. They are his foundation for moving through challenging situations more quickly, and with more positive outcomes.

What transitions have you created that help you have more focus, be in the flow, or swim downstream?  Please share by commenting below.

Happy Wednesday!

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Thanks to William Davis for recommending this information on Creating Joyful Work. The whole article is worth a read for more specifics (and great photos).

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