Incubation Stage is about achieving a deep renewal with courage
The best motivational speech ever:
Roosevelt welded together past and present:
"These are the times that try men’s souls.” Tom Paine wrote those words on a drumhead, by the light of a campfire. That was when Washington’s little army of ragged, rugged men was retreating across New Jersey, having tasted naught but defeat. And General Washington ordered that these great words written by Tom Paine be read to the men of every regiment in the Continental Army, and this was the assurance given to the first American armed forces: “The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their coumtry; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the sacrifice, the more glorious the triumph.” So spoke Americans in the year 1776.
What is significant is the way Roosevelt incubated motivation in every man’s mind in one speech.
The function of incubation stage is to undo the damage of past programming and not only to restore but also to develop the original spontaneity of a child; this spontaneity is not, however, by any means a blind disorderly urge. Incubation stage changes skepticism to enthusiasm; takes you on an odyssey, a voyage of exploration, motivation, and change.
In our first chapter we discussed theories and sciences. Here is the time to implement these sciences into a practical system.
In the creativity process, incubation stage plays an important role. How long does it take? It might take one day or one year. Inside the incubation stage, you will follow a transformation path from apathy and boredom to motivation and then to passion, to creativity, and to innovation. Passion is your motivation on the boiling waters. In each trip, we will show you the tools you need to accomplish this transformation.
We call the path above a physical path. What does actually happen inside the mind? The path below is a mind map and actually happens inside your mind.
Purification —–> Concentration ——> Imagination (Visualization) + Learning ——-> Goal Oriented + Hard Work + Creativity ——-> Unification
The most noble of pleasures results from exercising skills in novel ways and in the bliss of freedom. Incubation stage is about achieving such pleasures where participants feel a sense of discovery, spontaneity, creativity, challenge, exploration, problem solving, concentration and unification. Using incubation stage you will learn to focus your concentration, achieve skills in observation and attention to be more creative and innovative. The ultimate goal is to experience joy and rapture of creativity; a unification concept.
The first stage in motivation process is incubation where you venture into new waters and dispel the old myths with a new vessel, compass and maps and hopefully you will return transformed and motivated.
As we discussed in the first chapter of this book, most sciences, if not all, deal with only one piece of the problem; one with apathy, one with motivation, one with creativity and one with innovation. No one as yet has put all the pieces together and treated the problem as a whole. In fact, I suspect that no one has yet perceived the problem as a whole—or, at least, seen it for what it is. This is a process. The purpose of this chapter is to put it all together and to analyze this process.
Incubation stage is a new, bold, and encompassing theory where you focus your way out of amotivation and you will triumph over your helplessness, apathy, and lack of interest. Incubation stage is a healing spiritual environment that stimulate your full human potential for motivation, empowerment, optimism, physical and emotional health, and real happiness. With the results of your incubation stage you will hopefully achieve success, expand your personal empowerment and continue to create a solid basis for happiness and healthy spirituality.
In the incubation stage you will find and let your child-like imagination to roam free trying to find joy in immersing itself in the process, observing and searching out new information. Observing like a child and asking the right question as childish as possible is crucial for incubation process. The idea and the outcome is to have the capacity to feel that you are childishly inspired.
Inside incubation stage, you will remember the child in you who likes to challenge himself/herself to become competent, apparently just for the enjoyment of doing it. Like children, inside incubation stage there is no reward or punishment for learning or doing what you really like, you are just actively engaged in the process of learning. There is no boss or higher authority. Indeed, you will learn that the child in you is intrinsically motivated to learn. A more fundamental and useful way to think about incubation stage involves accepting the concept of intrinsic motivation, which refers to the process of doing an activity for its own sake, of doing an activity for the reward that is inherent in the activity itself just like children do. Children do things not to achieve a goal; they are curious and they want to know. Children are curious and learn intrinsically. Inside incubation stage you learn the technique to be intrisically motivated again. Like children, being intrinsically motivated has more to do with completely involved in an activity and not achieving a goal.
Einstein asked questions that were so fundamental that the answers transformed our understanding of the physical universe. In the study of Einstein, Howard Gardner in his excellent book Creating Minds examines the connection between the kinds of questions a gifted child ponders, and the nature of training and thinking required for the adult practioner to answer such questions. In the same manner, professor Gardner examines Picasso and the relationship between productivity associated with youthful prodigiousness, on the one hand, and with mature mastery, on the other. Gardner says if , in early life, children have the opportunity to discover much about their world and to do so in a comfortable, exploring way, they will accumulate invaluable "capital of creativity," on which they can draw in later life. If, on the other hand, children are restrained from such discovering activities, pushed in only one direction, or burdened with the view that there is only one correct answer, or that correct answers must be meted out only by those in authority, then the chances that they will ever cast out on their own are significantly reduced.