While reading about—or hearing lectures on—personal development, have you ever wondered what the author really meant while referring to your “paradigms.” Paradigms have become such an important subject that every personal development author or coach feels imperative to talk about. In this article, we shall clearly define paradigms, how to recognize paradigms, and also how to change them to be successful.
It might get a little difficult for you to believe that your bank account, health reports, and happiness, are all reflections of your paradigms. Once you change your paradigms, you will be able to easily design the life of your dreams, and see them manifest in reality, effortlessly. So, let’s begin by understanding what a paradigm really is.
What is a Paradigm?
Paradigms can be defined as a multitude of habits. Everything that you do depends primarily and entirely upon the thinking patterns in your subconscious mind. And these thinking patterns dictate your habits in the physical world.
These thinking patterns are paradigms. The way you walk, talk or act is actively controlled by your paradigms. Paradigms control the way you communicate with the outside world, and they even govern your success and failure.
To understand paradigms from a philosophical point of view, consider the following adages: “As within, so without;” and the quote from the classic book by James Allen, As A Man Thinketh: “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” Both these famous adages teach us that all our results are dependent on our paradigms. The words ‘within’ and ‘heart’ refer to the subconscious mind and the paradigms it contains.
Recall your childhood, teenage and early adulthood days. You probably heard repetitively from your parents, friends, teachers, relatives and others some (or all) of the sayings below:
1. You must go to school and get excellent grades.
2. You should never daydream as it’s a waste of time.
3. You should go to college and get a degree.
4. You can’t earn higher salaries and promotions without a degree.
5. You should join a secure job.
6. You should get married right after getting a good job.
7. You should always save money for “rainy days.”
8. You must get a formal education in business to run one.
9. You must never spend money lavishly.
Have a look at the above list of only nine points. These points are what constitute the paradigm you hold. your paradigms or your deep rooted belief system that has been developing since your early childhood. Your present results are a manifestation of your innermost deep-rooted beliefs in your subconscious mind.
The destructive paradigms of a university topper can keep him in impoverishment, whereas the lawful and constructive paradigms of a school dropout can enable him to become a multi-millionaire. Your paradigms control every aspect of your life including your happiness, health, and wealth. If you want to experience unlimited happiness, good health, and abundance of wealth; then you I suggest you take a look at your paradigm and see what beliefs serve you, and what not. This would be the first step n changing your paradigms.
Let us understand how paradigms develop in us, and then we’ll look at some of the ways to recognize our less beneficial beliefs.
How Did Our Paradigms Develop Into What They Are?
Our paradigms have been developing in us subconsciously, ever since we were born. Right from the time we entered this planet, we were bombarded with information involuntarily. During our infant years and childhood, our conscious mind did not question the authority of information getting inside our mind; therefore the subconscious mind accepted every piece of information received from the conscious mind, which affected our thinking patterns and our habits.
Our subconscious mind accepts every piece of information that enters through our five senses. It does not question, and neither does it understand the motive of the information. Our subconscious mind will accept any piece of information that our conscious mind thinks is true.
Our paradigms got their shape from our childhood associations. In reality, we inherit our paradigms from generation to generation. The things that were taught to us became a part of our paradigms, and the things we’ll teach our kids will become their paradigms.
For example, if your parents or relatives constantly reminded you that, “money does not grow on trees;” or “excessive wealth is sin;” then it developed a paradigm in you that riches can be attained only through hard work, and spending on luxurious things is not right. The time has come for us to recognize these beliefs that are holding us back from our success, and shift them toward successful thinking patterns.
How Do We Recognize Our Paradigms?
Recognizing our negative beliefs can take a lot of time since they might be deeply rooted. Changing them requires another set of efforts altogether. One of the ways to change your paradigm is to take the help of a coach.
When you sign up for a coaching program, your coach will try, amongst other things, to examine your thinking patterns through information received via questionnaires and interviews.
Renowned psychologist the author Joseph Murphy defined successful living as a long period of peace, joy, and happiness.’ According to him, “The real things in life, such as peace, harmony, integrity, security, and happiness are intangible.” These qualities can develop in one’s life only when an effort in shifting paradigms will be entertained and practiced.
If you want to change your paradigms by yourself, then begin by recognizing a few of them and start changing them one at a time. For example, if you’ve recognized that you possess a negative belief such as, “I cannot earn $100,000 a month;” then change this paradigm by constantly affirming yourself day in and night out: “I am so happy and grateful now that I am effortlessly earning $1.2 million every year.”
The Root of Negative beliefs
Napolean Hill—in his famous book Think and Grow Rich—highlighted six ghosts of fear and
Your coach will be quick to recognize your destructive paradigms—and their roots as well—, and then suggest measures that you can take to shift your paradigms into constructive thinking. The process of changing negative beliefs into positive ones will expand your awareness in such a way that all the right opportunities will start appearing to you at the right time.
In reality, abundance is available to you right now at this very moment. All you have to do is just change your paradigms. Consult a coach and let him/her find out your negative beliefs. There are many deep-rooted beliefs and feelings in you that you are might not even be aware of, but a professional life coach could recognize them and help you get rid of your old negative beliefs.
So, make a decision right now to shift your paradigms forever. Become open to the riches of the universe which abundantly available to one and all. Include forgiveness and gratitude in your prayer to see the process work with great speed.