Idea to Actualization:
A Four Stage Process for Transformation
For any idea to be transformative it must go through four specific stages both internally as the person who sparks the idea, and externally as someone who might be transformed by the idea and embodies it.
I See It / I Believe It / I’m Becoming It / I Am It
Once the idea passes through the final stage, the person has been transformed by the idea. This is the transformative stage where profound changes can occur in a person's worldview, attitudes, behaviors, and self-perception. This transformation often leads to a new cycle of 'I see it,' where the person becomes aware of new ideas or concepts that further their growth and self-actualization."
Most ideas fail for they struggle at any one of the stages, and/or skip a stage.
This model is crucial to anyone, no matter their current stage, as it provides a comprehensive framework for adopting, implementing, and internalizing new ideas to fuel personal or professional growth.
I See It [Awareness]
This is the initiation stage where an individual comes across a new idea or concept, an idea. It could be a self-improvement strategy, a new philosophy, a business strategy, or a personal development tool, anything. The key element in this stage is recognition; it's about becoming aware of the idea. This stage involves curiosity, open-mindedness, and the willingness to explore something new. This is a stage of observation, exploration, and collection of information. Here, a person absorbs the idea without judgment or immediate application.
I BELIEVE IT [UNDERSTANDING]
Once a person is aware of the idea, the next stage involves deepening their understanding of the concept and, more importantly, believing in its potential or effectiveness. This is the stage of learning, studying, analyzing, and dissecting the idea. It could involve learning from experts, reading extensively about the idea, engaging in thoughtful discussions, and reflecting on how the idea fits within their existing worldview. This stage is about moving from knowing to believing. It involves a shift from intellectual understanding to emotional acceptance. The person begins to see how the idea could potentially benefit them and become invested in its promise.
I AM BECOMING [ACTING]
The third stage, 'I am becoming,' is about translating belief into action. It's the stage of implementation and practice. Having believed in the idea, the person now works to incorporate the idea into their life, actions, and behaviors. This might involve developing new habits, making lifestyle changes, or even shifting their mindset. It's the stage where a person moves from passive understanding to active application. The person begins to 'live' the idea, not just believe in it. This is also the stage where the idea is tested against reality, and adjustments are made based on real-life experiences and outcomes.
I AM [TRANSFORMATION]
The final stage, 'I am,' signifies the state where the idea has become an integral part of the person's identity. The idea is no longer an external concept, but a part of the person's life, decisions, actions, and identity. They don't just believe in the idea; they have become the idea. This is the transformative stage where profound changes can occur in a person's worldview, attitudes, behaviors, and self-perception. The person is not just practicing the idea; they are embodying it in their every action, thought, and decision. This transformation often leads to a new cycle of 'I see it,' where the person becomes aware of new ideas or concepts that further their growth and self-actualization.
Each stage in this process is crucial and builds upon the previous stage. Skipping a stage can lead to a superficial understanding and short-lived commitment to the idea. However, if each stage is fully experienced, it can lead to profound, lasting transformation and self-actualization.