Episode 57: Breakthroughs, Stabilization and Integration

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“I explained that while breakthroughs are important and thrilling, it’s the subsequent stabilization and integration of the breakthrough into daily life that really allow the changes to be permanent.” ~ Gay Hendricks from The Big Leap

I love the whole business of breakthroughs followed by stabilization and then integration. Ken Wilber describes it as “states and stages” and it’s a REALLY important concept to embrace and bring into our lives. (See my Notes on Wilber for a longer discussion!)

The basic idea is very simple and very powerful when appreciated and applied: We often have moments of inspiration or breakthroughs or “state experiences” when we see the world in a new, revolutionary way. Those experiences are, of course, awesome. :)

And... they’re only really meaningful if, after the initial buzz wears off, we have the discipline and the diligence and the patience and the persistence (and playfulness!) to create the structures in our lives that enable that breakthrough to stabilize and integrate and become a new way of being or “stage of our development.” Make sense? So, how you can INTEGRATE some of your “Aha!” breakthroughs into your life?!?

This is one of the 1,000+ Big Ideas we share in our 6-page PDF and 20-minute MP3 PhilosophersNotes on 100 of the greatest self-development books. Get 100 Notes for only 47 bucks!

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Breakthroughs, Stabilization and Integration

“I explained that while breakthroughs are important and thrilling, it’s the subsequent stabilization and integration of the breakthrough into daily life that really allow the changes to be permanent.” ~ Gay Hendricks from The Big Leap

I love the whole business of breakthroughs followed by stabilization and then integration. Ken Wilber describes it as “states and stages” and it’s a REALLY important concept to embrace and bring into our lives. (See my Notes on Wilber for a longer discussion!)

The basic idea is very simple and very powerful when appreciated and applied: We often have moments of inspiration or breakthroughs or “state experiences” when we see the world in a new, revolutionary way. Those experiences are, of course, awesome. :)

And... they’re only really meaningful if, after the initial buzz wears off, we have the discipline and the diligence and the patience and the persistence (and playfulness!) to create the structures in our lives that enable that breakthrough to stabilize and integrate and become a new way of being or “stage of our development.” Make sense? So, how you can INTEGRATE some of your “Aha!” breakthroughs into your life?!?

This is one of the 1,000+ Big Ideas we share in our 6-page PDF and 20-minute MP3 PhilosophersNotes on 100 of the greatest self-development books. Get 100 Notes for only 47 bucks!