Why Incubation is for more than eggs

I’ve been reading an interesting book. It’s by John Maxwell and it’s called The Fifteen Invaluable Laws of Growth”. I will quote a section of his book because it reinforces what I’ve posted in the past but adds a technique I think you might find useful. It’s from chapter four, “The Law of Reflection”.  Up to this point, Mr. Maxwell has written about reflection or as I have referred to it, “empty spaces”. He mentions how these times need to be purposeful.

“Incubation is taking an experience of life and putting it into the slow cooker of your mind to simmer for awhile.  It is very similar to meditation. It’s like the “flip side” of prayer. When I pray, I talk to God.  When I meditate, I listen to him. Incubation is listening and learning.”


He goes on to say that he does this by using the “Notes” app on his iPhone to store quotes he finds helpful. I use mine all the time but never thought to use it in this way. He says he keeps the quotes there for days, weeks, or months, however long it takes him to discover a new insight. (If you are experiencing depression, this could really help.)

Then Mr, Maxwell discusses “aha” moments.  You know, those epiphanies when you experience sudden realization or insight. It’s the light bulb turning on. I love it when that happens. I agree with Mr. Maxwell that the light just doesn’t turn on willy-nilly. It always comes after we’ve been “cooking” something in the back of our mind for awhile.incubation


  • That’s why “incubation” is good.

“Incubation” gives us time to process before we act.

When you can, take your time making decisions.  Unless it’s an emergency, most of us have time to “incuabate” for a while.

God bless and I hope you have a good day.