Time For A Paradigm Shift?

You cannot be free until you know exactly what it is that governs, shapes, and directs your behaviour and ultimately, your results. In the early 90’s I read “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” This is when I first heard the word paradigm.Paradigms are your mindsets. They are your ideas; the little habits that your brain has developed over the years. The operating system‘ on which your mental processes run. Your paradigms create the lens through which most people view and make sense of the world around them. Information is presented to your mind in one-way or another.

Your mind runs through all of the things it already knows about that piece of information and figures out where it fits in with the bigger picture. Your mind then makes a determination whether the information is good or bad, desirable or undesirable, possible or not — all of which can be influenced by your existing paradigms. Like most things, paradigms in and of themselves are neutral. If your paradigms are positive, you will have a happy, growth filled life, a healthy self-image, and the ability to adapt successfully to changes, upsets and unforeseen events.

Unfortunately negative, limiting paradigms can keep you stuck in old ways of thinking that can be very limiting. Negative paradigms keep you as imprisoned as do a cell and a set of iron bars. Maybe even more so, since it imprisons you in the place where all true freedom resides: The Mind.

John Ramsey
Creative Leadership Strategist| Inspirational Speaker/Coach

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