Author Steven Pressfield knows what it's like to feel stuck. That's exactly how he felt as he was struggling to write his first novel The Legend of Bagger Vance, but after breaking down his barriers, the book went on to become a bestseller and Hollywood feature film. In this clip from the upcoming episode on "Super Soul Sunday," Oprah asks Pressfield to discuss how each of us can realize our purpose in the world by "being in the flow."
"Everybody has a flow or a zone in their life. Joseph Campbell called it 'following your bliss,'" Oprah says.
"And you say each of us needs to pursue our calling with gusto and to live in that zone as often as possible," she says to Pressfield. "So that's what we want to figure out how to do. How do we be in that zone as often as possible?"
"Well, I know that you've got to get out of your little head,” Pressfield says, pointing to his temple. "And into that larger identity, whatever that is."
To do that, Pressfield says we need to lose ourselves. "Which is nothing, to me, more fancy than what any kid does when they're playing. If kids were just playing here on this lawn, they forget time. They forget everything. And they're just playing. They're kind of in the moment," he says.
"Present moment, yeah," Oprah says.
To live in the moment, Pressfield says he has a simple tip.
"Now, what I found that works for me is just sitting down. Just sit down," he says. "I have a thing where I say, 'Put your ass where your heart wants to be.' And by that I simply mean, if you want to paint, put your body in front of an easel. You know? If you want to write, sit in front of a keyboard. And then just plunge in."