I often hear people tout “satori” or “flow state” as the foundation from which correct action will inevitably spring. I’ve observed many who chase this state, believing that it will herald them to effortless glory and easy results, but they often seem to fall short of attaining their goals. I have found it is much more effective to work in reverse: when I buttress my actions with sound reasoning, evidence-based assessment, and strategy-oriented aggression, the focus on my self disappears, and I’m overtaken by a transcendent state of mind.
I believe discipline and strategy form the bridge to a greater truth. The feeling of effortless pleasure is simply the icing on the cake.