The author James Clear describes a system in the book Atomic Habits to identify activities in which one could excel by asking the following questions:
- What feels like fun to me but work to others?
- What makes me lose track of time?
- Where do I get greater returns than the average person?
- What comes naturally to me?
Question 2 refers to the concept of 'flow,' which is a mental state achieved when you are so focused on a task that everything else fades away. James Clear argues that flow tends to be reached more often with activities that sit in a 'Goldilocks Zone,' neither too difficult nor too easy. He argues that it is in this zone that maximal motivation and focus can be achieved.
I have routinely experienced flow during two pursuits, surgery and rowing.