Today is all about paradigm shifts.
A paradigm is the perspective you hold on the world and everything in it.
A paradigm shift is when you see something in a new light – your paradigm shifts.
How does this help you?
When we see something from a different perspective it can bring an awareness that we never had before. This can allow you to change your life in a way that can offer more joy.
Interesting fact: The #INFP persoanlity type has an uncanny ability to see things from everyone’s point of view.
Have you ever had an ‘ah ha’ moment or you thought to yourself ‘I think I knew that but it never really came to my consciousness before’? These can be paradigm shifts that are helping you uncover something.
Let’s take a look at a few examples of some thoughts people had which ended up in a perspective change for the better:
“The earth is not flat”
“The earth is not the centre of the universe”
Some examples of mindset shifts:
“I am not worthy -> I add value to the world through x.y.z”
“Other people can succeed but I wasn’t cut out for it -> anyone can succeed if they truly believe in themselves and this includes me”
Ah-ha moments can look like this:
“I’m not happy where I am in life and feel stuck. I’ve just been on autopilot and didn’t realize it had such a negative effect on myself and those around me. I need to figure out more about who I am and what my strengths are”
“I never realized that I push my opinions and decisions on others so strongly that I push everyone away making me and them unhappy”
Here is one more example from Stephen Covey’s book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (pp. 30-31), in which he describes a time he experienced a shift in his paradigm:
” I remember a mini-paradigm shift I experienced one morning on a subway in New York. People were sitting quietly – some reading newspapers, some lost in thought, some resting with their eyes closed. It was a calm, peaceful scene.
Then suddenly, a man and his children entered the subway. The children were so loud and rambunctious that instantly the whole climate changed.
The man sat down next to me and closed his eyes, apparently oblivious to the situation. The children were yelling back and forth, throwing things, even grabbing people’s papers. It was very disturbing. And yet, the man sitting next to me did nothing.
It was difficult not to feel irritated. I could not believe that he could be so insensitive as to let his children run wild like that and do nothing about it, taking no responsibility at all. It was easy to see that everyone else on the subway felt irritated, too. So finally, with what I felt was unusual patience and restraint, I turned to him and said, “Sir, your children are really disturbing a lot of people. I wonder if you couldn’t control them a little more?”
The man lifted his gaze as if to come to a consciousness of the situation for the first time and said softly, “Oh, you’re right. I guess I should do something about it. We just came from the hospital where their mother died about an hour ago. I don’t know what to think, and I guess they don’t know how to handle it either.”
Can you imagine what I felt at that moment? My paradigm shifted. Suddenly I saw things differently, and because I saw differently, I thought differently, I felt differently, I behaved differently. My irritation vanished. I didn’t have to worry about controlling my attitude or my behavior; my heart was filled with the man’s pain. Feelings of sympathy and compassion flowed freely. “Your wife just died? Oh, I’m so sorry! Can you tell me about it? What can I do to help?” Everything changed in an instant.”
Changing a paradigm is not necessarily easy to do but if you remain open to change you’re well on your way.
Have you had ever had a paradigm shift that you were aware of? How did it change your life?