Letting go of old paradigms is so simple and yet one of the hardest things we have to do. It’s simple because all it requires of us is to look at things differently. It’s hard because it requires us to look at things differently.
What is a paradigm? A standard, perspective, set of ideas or pattern of something.
But what does that mean within our own lives?
Looking at things differently means that we have to become willing to let go of belief systems that most likely have been with you for a very long time and that have become a part of our identity.
Our beliefs give us a sense of comfort in feeling that we know something about how the world works (or at least how we feel it should work). Letting go means we may also have to face the fact that some of our core beliefs have been wrong, or shall we say not helpful or productive to our efforts of advancing a career or a business.
Letting go of old paradigms requires us to travel to a place that we may seldom, if ever go. A place to feel different. Feeling different requires effort.
If we stay in our mind and how we see the world around us, we do not give ourselves the space to feel differently. Staying in our mind means that we keep re-justifying the way we feel.
Paradigm shift is so simple because all we have to do is be willing to feel—to feel how we feel about our lives and then to let the feelings flow until the vision appears. It’s hard because it means we must be willing to think less and feel more.
Society teaches us to rely on our minds more than our hearts.
Living from the heart means that we step out of the norm. It’s also emotionally uncomfortable if we are not accustomed to living and working this way.
Here’s a tip to start small and work your way from there.
Begin by changing your vocabulary when giving opinions, ideas or impressions. Instead of saying, ‘I think this or that,’ start saying ‘I feel this or that,’ and then really ask yourself what you feel. The more you practice this, the more you will begin to rely on your gut feelings.
Your analysis can support your gut feelings, but not be in the driver’s seat.
“You are the only problem you will ever have and you are the only solution.”
PS Need or want help with changing your paradigms? Life coaching can help.