As millennials, we face a tremendous amount of pressure to perform daily.
Just scroll through your social media feed and you will see article after article being shared of a millennial solving a world problem, accelerating his or her career, or launching a successful company.
We live in an era where if you are not a successful artist, entrepreneur, or startup CEO by the time you’re 30 then it can feel like you are falling behind. According to one study, “67% of millennials said they felt “extreme” pressure to succeed, compared to 40% of Gen Xers and 23% of Boomers.”
If you feel like time is running out and you still haven’t done enough yet, take a deep breath. Despite what you may have heard, success doesn’t actually have to be hard.
Meet Justin Faerman and Jackie Knechtel, two millennials hacking the algorithm for peak performance through their program Flow Mastery, which guides you to shed limiting beliefs and approach life from a lens of infinite possibility. The secret ingredient they claim is called flow state, in which you experience “exponential growth and success effortlessly.”
Faerman and Knechtel have been invited to speak about flow state internationally including many notable venues like the United Nations and the Women’s Economic Forum. This week onUnconventional Life, Faerman and Knechtel reveal how you can use flow to skyrocket your performance with only a fraction of the effort.
According to Faerman and Knechtel, flow is achieved through an intensive process of clearing out limiting beliefs, fears, doubts, emotional wounds, and self-sabotaging patterns. It requires a willingness to let go of seeing life the way you have been taught, and to embrace the possibility that the restrictions you are living by do not actually exist but rather are a construct of the mind.
“It’s these big massive mindset shifts–taking people out of fear-based thinking and out of these ideas that have been ingrained into us and learning to think through a different lens,” says Knechtel.
Through their research of flow states, the two have developed a groundbreaking methodology to achieve sustained states of peak performance, without the hustle and grind commonly believed to be a requisite. “We’ve taken everything we know and created a system out of it. We’ve done a ton of research and mapped out what it means to live in flow–the different shifts you have to make, beliefs you have to have, ways you have to see the world. Once you do it, things start happening effortlessly,” Faerman says.
Prior to working in flow, Knechtel ran a high-profile autism treatment practice where she was contracted to work all over the world, and even offered $10 million to open her own clinic. Faerman managed a multi-million dollar green tech division, and launched one of the world’s top conscious media platforms.
Faerman and Knechtel’s hundreds of clients who have successfully made flow a part of their lives report powerful breakthroughs, including earning higher revenues, working less hours, and feeling aligned with their life purpose, all of which occur with minimal effort. Below, Knechtel and Faerman share seven steps you can take to master the flow state and experience peak performance in your own life.
1. Shift your focus from mind to intuition. While your mind might doubt that something in your life is possible, your intuition isn’t limited by reason and can see past your immediate radar of possibilities. Cease identifying with your mind’s limited perspective and embrace the fact that possibilities exist that you can’t see.
2. Prioritize your life based on what brings you joy. Spend most of your time doing what you love most. You may need to let go of the belief that if you do this, you will sacrifice your security. You can actually have both, if you choose to believe that joy and abundance go hand in hand.
3. Be intentional with your language. “Language is generative and powerful. You speak things into existence that end up happening,” Knechtel says. Eliminate words like “I want” and “I hope” from your vocabulary, and be confident about your ability to produce the outcomes you want.
4. Be able to recognize your Yes and your No. Be willing to walk away from things that aren’t fully aligned for you. If it’s not a resounding yes, don’t agree to it–this is an indicator that there is actually a better fit out there for you. Let go of the scarcity-mindset that an opportunity that isn’t fully aligned is the best you will get and you will create space for even better opportunities.
5. Become aware of your limiting beliefs. Become aware of the dialogue going on in your head and challenge your thoughts. When you’re thinking something negative, ask yourself, “Why am I having this thought?” When you ask that question, you discover the limiting belief that sponsored that thought and are equipped with the awareness to begin to eradicate it.
6. Take responsibility for everything in your life. Instead of attributing what is happening in your life to circumstances out of your control, take responsibility for it all. Be objective and accept where you are. When you take responsibility for everything, both good and bad, you restore power to yourself to create a different scenario that reflects what you truly want.
7. Practice makes perfect. Clearing out your limiting beliefs takes time and persistence. “It might feel challenging because you’re shifting the way you see the world and working away beliefs you’ve held onto for so long,” Knechtel says. “Every time you see it working you learn to let go a little more.”
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This article originally appeared on Forbes.com