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Paradigm Me

Paradigm Me

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“If you want small changes, work on your behavior; if you want quantum-leap changes, work on your paradigms." ~ Stephen Covey

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Clichés can become so overly used that people forget their original intent.

What does it really mean to have a “Paradigm-shift”?

Paradigm by definition:


par·​a·​digm ˈper-ə-ˌdīm 

ˈpa-rə-, also  -ˌdim


especially : an outstandingly clear or typical example or archetype

… regard science as the paradigm of true knowledge.—G. C. J. Midgley

: an example of a conjugation or declension showing a word in all its inflectional forms

: a philosophical and theoretical framework of a scientific school or discipline within which theories, laws, and generalizations and the experiments performed in support of them are formulated

the Freudian paradigm of psychoanalysis

broadly : a philosophical or theoretical framework of any kind

A model or framework – a typical example or archetype.

In short, paradigms don’t just influence behavior, they drive it from within as a self-referential model, similar to an operating system.

A paradigm shift has the potential to instantly alter decades of prior behavior patterns/habits.

Yes. Instantly.

This is precisely what Stephen Covey means by quantum leap (above) ☝️.


A story I enjoy telling involves a neighbor-friend who insisted that she could, "Never quit smoking!" 

Henry Ford used to say, "Whether you think you can, or you can't, you're right."

It was safe to say that her paradigm was, "I'm a smoker, and I will always smoke."

Fast forward approximately eighteen months. I notice that she is exercising and had lost some weight.

She looked terrific. I told her she looked healthy.

She then declared, "I quit smoking too!"

How is that possible? I wondered.

She seemed committed to her story about never being able to quit smoking.

"I"m pregnant!" She nearly shouted.

There you have it.

That's a paradigm shift.

Roles (like mother or father), titles, names, badges, even uniforms, etc., influence how people see themselves which influences their behavior.

Observe the stories that unfold in your life relative to how you see yourself, your goals, and your ideals.

How do you regard the world at large?

Einstein's allegedly said, “The most important decision we make is whether we believe we live in a hostile or friendly universe.”

The truth is, as I wrote in EVERYTHING is a F*cking STORY, it's both a hostile and friendly universe.

However, from that simple determination (a paradigm – a self-referential model) an array of decisions, actions, and behaviors spill forward to alter the results of one’s life.

Ask yourself what paradigms you have subscribed to. Which may need to change to alter your results?

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