There’s more than one way to solve technical problems in music performance, writing, and other disciplines—a better way than the traditional route that divides the mind between the experience of performance and evaluating that performance. That way is flow.
Total attention, the state in which you’re 100 percent absorbed, creates its own special momentum that induces your best work. This is the state of mind we must nurture in our gifted children, and if it means the apparent sacrifice of quality because we’re not requiring the traditional division of attention, we need to understand the value of that perceived sacrifice.
In reality, nothing is lost, because perfect flow elevates our ability so that former problems are flooded out; twigs in the torrent of creative energy.