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Note how it feels when watching a good movie, fully immersed, identified with the characters and feeling their emotions. Is there a sense of being asleep or is there a heightened sense of awake awareness of the overall experience? You are not thinking about what is going on. Your thoughts are not getting in the way of fully experiencing the movie. There is bare awareness.
Distracted Doing
When not in flow the experience is quite different. When not in flow you are performing while your mind is judging, commenting on, and monitoring what you are doing. These thoughts are distracting; they take you out of flow. It is like a football player thinking about just where and when he or she is going to kick the ball, worrying about whether the kick will be just right as opposed to just kicking the ball, letting his or her training and natural capacity do the work.
Distracted doing is far less efficient. Thinking about the action gets in the way of optimal performance, the kind of performance that happens when you are in flow.
 "The Taoists speak of wu wei, 'non-doing,' and the paradox of wei wu wei, "doing without doing" or 'action without effort.'
"In more modern terms, it is Flow - being totally immersed in action so that there is a loss of the sense of self and time and a natural application of skills, knowledge, and awareness, unencumbered by self-consciousness, worry, judging and other distractions. This doing without doing brings clarity." Breakthrough Nov 2017 Three Pillars for Optimal living
There is a paradox here. How can there be doing and non-doing at the same time? Can there be doing without a doer?
An analogy is made between rowing and sailing. Wei Wu Wei is like sailing. The sailor works the natural movement of wind and water, steering the boat and positioning, raising, and lowering the sails. The master sailor is in flow. Ego based doing is more like rowing, much more effort, less effect.
Transition to Doing without Doing
It takes training to go from distracted doing to "doing without doing." The training on the physical level is about learning the skills required to do the activity at hand (which may be the learning itself). On a deeper level, the training is about cultivating the mindfulness and concentration required to work with distractions, to not allow them to take your focus away from your performance. You learn to let things happen. You learn to not even let mindfulness get in the way. Then there is Wei Wu Wei - doing without doing.
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Mindful: consciously aware; concentrated. 

Foundation for blending process, project, engagement and knowledge management into a cohesive approach to optimize performance.
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Using the case study of a Project Manager coordinating an organizational transition, this Managing Expectations book explores how to apply a mindful, compassionate, and practical approach to satisfying expectations in any situation. George Pitagorsky describes how to make sure expectations are rational, mutually understood, and accepted by all those with a stake in the project. This process relies on blending a crisp analytical approach with the interpersonal skills needed to negotiate win-win understandings of what is supposed to be delivered, by when, for how much, by who, and under what conditions.

Managing Conflict in Projects
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Managing Conflict in Projects: Applying Mindfulness and Analysis for Optimal Results by George Pitagorsky charts a course for identifying and dealing with conflict in a project context.

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