What is a Paradigm Shift?

First we need to look at what a paradigm is, before we can learn how to shift one. A paradigm could be described as a model, a pattern, a template, a standard or an archetype. It is usually applied to a certain or specific way of seeing or doing things.

A paradigm could be a habit. People are creatures of habit, we tend to do the same things, in the same way for many years and often it is only through chance or crisis that we are willing change our ways.

A quantum leap is when you experience an instant shift. When you suddenly find yourself maybe through a co-incidental occurrence (like winning money or a prize) or through years of planning and work … that you are actually living your dreams. It could be that you are in a new relationship, having a baby, running your own business, completing a marathon, graduating, getting that elusive job or contract – a multitude of things!

Societies can have certain belief systems or paradigms.

Prior to Roger Bannister in 1954, no one had ever run a 4 minute mile and the prevailing belief in society was that it was not humanly possible. And on that particular day the paradigm was shifted. The 4 minute mile is a classic story. One man changed society’s perception of what was possible and that opened up the way for so many other people to also break the 4 minute mile barrier.

A shift comes when science or an individual discovers a better, more efficient or different way to get the same or better result. Or does something or invents something that challenges current norms.

Technology and the new gadgets that are continually coming out are constantly challenging our paradigms around communication.

Another example is when the digital watches were invented. For hundreds of years watches were made with small metal moving pieces. The way people read or told the time was to look at the watch face, which had numbers or markings from 1 through to 12, and then one day someone invented a digital clock and the way humanity read time shifted … but it didn’t eliminate mechanical watches, it just gave us more choices.

There are other shifts that will eliminate old ways of doing things…

When the horseless carriage was invented, it paved the way for cars and other motor transportation that have eliminated, for most of the world, the need for using horses as transport.

These changes are beneficial for our ease of life, growth and evolution.

What About Personal Paradigm Shifts?

What does it take for us to change our ways to invite growth and enjoy better circumstance in our lives?

Personal change is often the most difficult. In order to change one must first be able to perceive a better outcome or result. And that is why I like to start with a vision board. If we can first see in our minds eye what we want, then we can comprehend a different way to get us what we want.

There’s and old saying “if you always do what you have always done, then you will always get what you have always got.”

It seems blatantly obvious, when you put it that way, but change can be hard for many people.

There is a story about a farmer who was using oxen to pull his plough through his field to till the soil and then one day someone brought him a tractor. The farmer could not understand the benefit of the tractor Why? – you might ask? Because he had hooked the oxen up to the tractor and it was really heavy to pull. He didn’t know that he was meant to put the plough behind the tractor and drive the tractor. The tractor was to replace the oxen, not the plough.

Where in life are you being stretched, challenged to step up, become more than who you are now? Are you being asked to shift your current paradigm and perceptions in order to achieve your dreams and goals? If so, what paradigms need to be shifted to give you a new and better, more efficient way to live your best life today?

With guidance, support and patience you can shift gears, change the various paradigms and live a full, happy and prosperous life.

Article by Barbara Pellegrino

Barbara Pellegrino is a renowned expert Vision Board Success Trainer. A certified NLP (neuro linguistic programming) facilitator & trainer, a certified transformational life and career coach, a Master Practitioner in energy leadership and published author with Dr. Wayne Dyer, Anthony Robbins, and Dr. Michael Beckwith in “Living in Abundance” and with Dr. Towanna Freeman in “Purposeful Action – 7 Steps to Fulfillment.” (available at http://www.amazon.com ) Visit http://www.visionboards.net for your free reports and monthly Hot tips!

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One thought on “What is a Paradigm Shift?

  1. Marla Greene

    I’ve found that as I’ve been growing older, paradigm shifts have been coming at me left and right – almost rapid fire, I’d say. I was stuck in one paradigm until I was around 18, when everything shifted, then I had a shift every year or so until I hit 21. That’s when it became every month or so that I would notice my paradigm had changed.

    I know it sounds crazy, but it’s true… and hopefully it’ll slow down eventually! It’s really wreaking havoc on my mind – it’s like a constant mental rollercoaster ride! Maybe I’ll just have one big “quantum leap” (I hadn’t heard of these before I read this) and it’ll put an end to all the paradigm shifts.

    – Marla

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