Why We Have Epiphanies

Why We Have Epiphanies

We’ve all experienced epiphanies at some point another. One might think that these moments are random. Epiphanies, however, may not be random at all.

In almost all cases, people typically have epiphanies because some part of themselves is not being fully expressed. By fully expressed, I mean that some idea deep within you is buried in you, and you’re not making that idea happen.

It could be an idea you had for an awesome unicorn zombie novel, but you just can’t get yourself to write it. Maybe you’ve been trying to solve a problem for a long time, but you never got it solved. It could be a career path you’ve always wanted to explore, but you couldn’t get yourself to jump ship.

This lack of self-expression could also explain why one might have too many ideas. You come up with an idea, but don’t follow through. So another idea pops up. You write the idea down but don’t do anything with it. So another idea pops up. Until you make at least one of those ideas happen, you’ll keep getting new ideas. But you’re afraid. You’re afraid of going after the wrong idea, or you’re afraid that you’ll run out of good ideas if you go after the wrong idea. So you wait. In the meantime, you keep getting new ideas that you never intend to make happen.

It doesn’t matter if you’re an economist, developer, or entrepreneur, if you have an epiphany, it is because there is a part of you that is not being expressed. You could be a developer that works for a start and you hate inefficiency of the email server because what you strive for, what you desire is efficiency. So you come up with an idea to improve email storage and delivery. You could be an entrepreneur that wants to solve the pain of online bill pay because you feel it is your mission to make it easier for entrepreneurs to transact business. So you create a new online bill pay service that is easier to use on any device.

More than likely, whether you have one really solid idea, or a million mediocre ideas, there is some part of you that is not being fully expressed. Get to the root of what is not being expressed – and why you aren’t expressing it – and you’ll figure out which ideas are worth pursuing, which book is worth writing, and whether or not you’re on the right career path.

Once you pursue your idea, don’t stop until it is fully expressed. You may come up with more ideas to build upon the initial idea. And don’t get distracted by the mediocre ideas that will take your eye away from the prize. Until you’ve fully expressed an idea, you will always feel empty, and you’ll try to fill it with more ideas. It’s like eating empty calories: it has no nutritional value for your soul or your mind.

Listen to your epiphanies. They are not as random as you think.

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