The life changing growth of an idea, Positive Life Change

The life personal growth ideas for yourself

‘The wise only possess ideas…the greater part of mankind are possessed by them.’ SamGROWTH OF AN IDEAuel Taylor Coleridge(1)

Throughout the history of mankind, ideas, and the ready application of those ideas have always separated those who ‘were’ from those who ‘will be’. Only those who have embraced fresh ideas have soared on to greatness. Only those who have had faith and have seen the obstacles as opportunities, have become the heroes of the generations.

The life changing growth of an idea, Positive Life Change

It is the dreamers, the risk takers, the men and women of action, who have paved the path to a better life for all mankind. It is the believers and the conceivers who have married the past with the present, and produced its offspring: the future.

Desire gives the individual extraordinary power to overcome any obstacle and to climb any mountain. It empowers them with the ability and the means to pursue a goal and to fulfil it.

It draws within its reach all the ingredients that are required for success.

Like a magnet, the desire attracts those elements required for forward, positive movement. It has the power to bring the right people across one’s path, the right reading material, the right tools and the right setting for the performance of the desire’s fulfilment.

Once desire has been birthed, then embracement can begin. However, to successfully arrive at the moment of fulfilment, one needs to undergo change.

There are five phases that ideas pass through. By gaining an understanding of these five phases you will far better embrace change and discover how to turn it to your utmost advantage.

The five stages are:

  2. BIRTH

Each of the five phases have everything to do with the life changing growth of an idea. So here are the first two two phases: conception and birth.


An idea is conceived. What or who inspires it? Where does it come from? Anywhere.

I have found that by surrounding myself with a balance of outside influences, either through reading, listening or associating with winners, that in the course of my study and conversation, the seed of an idea has been planted.

Developing the habit of writing down my thoughts in a journal has also developed a greater regularity in the discovery of a new idea.

The air is full of ideas. It is our role to stay alert and ready to catch them as they pass by.

It can arise out of our need or a problem that must be solved. Some of the greatest ideas I have ever received have come when ‘my back was up against a wall’. When I needed a miracle, the idea came.

I pray for ideas. I increase my reading. I place myself in seminars. I surround myself with bigger thinkers.


Through the power of association I always put myself in a position whereby I can become ‘pregnant’ with an idea. Hoping for it never achieves anything. I have to prepare myself for the event by remaining in a positive state of mind as I declare, ‘There is an original idea out there and I’m going to find it, no matter what!’

A fertile mind is always prepared to receive the seed of an idea. As soon as those ideas come, write them down. If it happens in the middle of the night jump out of bed and write them down. If the idea comes as you drive your car, pull over to the side of the road and write it down, or keep a recording device handy. Conception can occur at any time and in any place.

  1. BIRTH

Once conceived, and then nurtured throughout pregnancy, there comes a time for the birth.

During pregnancy, come back regularly to meditate on the idea. As the birth becomes more imminent, you will find that it will kick you from time to time to remind you that it is growing and maturing in your mind every day of its life.


Unfortunately, unlike most human pregnancies, I cannot tell you how long the gestation time frame is for each idea. Sometimes it is hours. Other times it is days. Many of my own ideas have taken years to be birthed.

But the good news is this. You can be simultaneously pregnant with as many baby ideas as you wish to have.

Depending on how successful you wish to be, will determine how many ideas are ‘cooking’ all at once.

It doesn’t even have to be a totally original idea. It can be a slight adjustment to another one that is already in use. Some of the greatest successes have come from the clever adaptation and fine-tuning of an already existing idea. Look for ways to improve an already existing service or product. You’ll be amazed at what you discover.

Now, we will look at how you can nurture and further develop your ideas through the childhood, adolescent and adult growth stages.

Motivational: To have an idea, and to apply action to that idea, is a brilliant idea.

When I think of ideas, I think of Thomas Alva Edison.

Edison, the greatest inventor the world has ever known, had only three months of formal education and was considered by his teacher to be retarded. By the time he died, though, he had filed over a thousand patents and was an extremely wealthy man.

Edison perfected and patented everything from the first phonograph player in 1877 to the first practical light bulb in 1879. He set up the first electricity-distribution company, contributed to the development of the movie camera and the projector, and made improvements to the telephone, telegraph and the typewriter.

Edison had six rules for invention. These rules, even if you are not an inventor, will help you greatly in the development of your own ideas.

  1. Set a goal and stick to it.
  2. Figure out the steps you have to go through to complete the invention and follow them.
  3. Keep good records of your progress.
  4. Share your results with fellow workers.
  5. Be sure that everyone working on the project has a clear definition of their responsibilities.(2)
  6. Record all your results for later analysis.

It’s all to do with the life changing growth of an idea.

So here are the the final three phases of the growth of an idea: childhood, adolescence and adulthood.


Just because an idea is birthed, a period of maturing is required before it can stand on its own. Let passion have its way at this point. Experiment with it. You may, at this stage, only have the skeleton of an idea and only possess a limited supply of resources necessary for its success, but this is a great time to put some action to it anyway.

Children act first and invariably think later. It is during this period of growth that you can start to fail your way to success. Your idea, like the child, will need to learn how to talk, to walk, to gain competency in fine and gross motor skills. And if your first attempts fail, don’t abort the idea. Learn from your mistakes. Improve on them and then try again. You are being schooled in the art of bringing an idea to full maturity. This school is often termed as ‘the school of hard knocks’.

Growth will occur at variable speeds. Sometimes no visible measurable growth will be evident, then suddenly you will experience a growth spurt that will make the waiting period worth every minute. It is in waiting times that character is strengthened. It is relatively easy to get an idea, but it takes character to hold onto it through to its fulfilment.



This is the consolidating phase where your idea starts to really take shape. As pubescence locks in, your idea will start to change shape. Don’t fight it. Let it happen. Your idea is maturing. You have greater insight at this point. Your study, and the further development of skills that have been a vital part of the childhood phase, are now starting to pay off through repetition and practise.

Your passion has intensified because you can now see clearly the magnitude of your original idea. It may seem a long journey, but in retrospect you can now identify every fork in the road and every detour. Every stoppage has been an essential ingredient in the maturing process of your idea. The journey has been the success. It has not been the road to success, but in fact the road of success. Every victory and every defeat has been a building block used to build a solid and lively idea. The trek has formed within you a strength that will make you fit and worthy of adulthood.

Too many people want to find the shortcuts to wealth, fame and fortune, but unfortunately, those who have tried to defy the path of nature soon find themselves, and their ideas as skeletons, cast aside and discarded by life itself. The formulation and success of any worthwhile idea takes time to mature, and needs to be fed, watered and exercised if it is to be a significant and winning contribution to your life.



Maturity at last. Your idea has come of age, not only in your mind, but has in fact materialized. You have run the race. You have fought the good fight. You have fulfilled the dream that was once conceived, and persisted with the idea throughout the four previous stages.

This is not the time to relax. This is the time for further reproduction. Other ideas will now be birthed from this original one. It is mature enough to give birth to other offspring. One fulfilled idea will be the springboard for future victories. This is where the power of duplication will kick in. This is the time to be even more alert. This is not the time to put down your guard, for idea and dream stealers are out and about, stalking to steal from you. And they definitely don’t like to see winners achieving. So how do you guard against being robbed? Produce more offspring. Populate. Multiply and expand.


Be a believer in the richness of ideas. The one thing that can separate you from success and failure is an idea. Keep your mind fertile through continued study and the meditation on positive material. Be open to new thought. Those who live and think this way will embrace change and use it as their own turbocharger to success. No matter how old you get physically, it will keep you young at heart and young of mind.

Motivational: Believe in the richness of ideas and you will live an ideal life.