How do Ideas Grow?

An idea is a mental seed.

Seeds need water and sunlight to grow fruit.

We have ideas all the time. Most of our ideas stay buried in the soil of our minds, are never watered or brought to light.

In order for an idea to take root it needs to be nurtured with attention. Repeated attention to the idea – holding it in your mind over time or recalling it frequently – this is the water it needs. The more attention it is given, the further the root extends and the more concrete the idea becomes in your mind, and the larger the seedling grows.

But if it is not brought out into the light, it will always remain a seedling.

The seedling needs to be transplanted into new soil, new minds. For each mind in which the idea is successfully planted, the idea will grow stronger. The biggest and most powerful ideas as those which can take hold in the minds of millions, and once it takes hold will grow exponentially stronger and more beautiful.

This is the reason mastermind groups work, or why any cause will only be successful if comprised of a group of people with this shared idea. The roots of a shared idea will twist and intertwine around one another, forming a much more solid basis so that the resulting tree can withstand the winds of caprice and whimsy. In this way the idea will remain fixed long enough in multiple minds for it to grow tall and strong and eventually to bear fruit.

The following steps may be helpful in allowing your next seed to grow into a beautiful tree:

  • Step 1: Write it down. Keep a small notebook with you (or use a notepad function in your smartphone) so that you can jot down all the exciting ideas you have throughout the day; or better still, set aside a fixed amount of time for idea generation. Then take from your session those ideas you are the most excited about.
  • Step 2: Write it out by hand and put it someplace visible to you. Hang it on a wall, write it on a post-it note and stick it on your computer monitor, stick it on your fridge with a magnet, pin it on a corkboard next to your bed, place it on your car dashboard, paste it on your bathroom mirror. Anywhere you will see it daily.
  • Step 3: Once you feel that your idea has become a seedling – that it is beginning to take concrete form – begin to share it with others. The seedling needs to be released into the sunlight so that it can be planted in other minds. You can do this by talking to your friends and family about it, writing on your blog about it, posting to Facebook and twitter, etc.
  • Step 4: Some people may become excited about your idea, or share it as it may resonate with an idea of their own. Gather some of these co-gardeners into a group so that you can nurture the idea and ensure that it lives and thrives.
  • Step 5: Do the Work. I wish I could tell you that could skip this step. It might be shit at times, but ideas need fertilizer.
  • Step 6: Collect your fruit 🙂