Our environment shapes our fundamental beliefs. These beliefs are branded deeply into our culture. Our families, friends, and self-confirming newsfeeds and other echo chambers reinforce the prevailing thinking until we believe it to be true.
Beliefs become paradigms, which are philosophical and theoretical frameworks for life. A foundation on how you live your life. But who has said that framework x works well for you, too?
If something works for the majority, that doesn’t mean it works for you.
Traditional education and self-help do not help us in cultivating the critical thinking skills needed to reevaluate our common frameworks. We are told to change our attitude, to have a positive outlook, a good work ethic, and useful habits. When we have that, everything will turn out alright.
The problem is that a positive attitude only incrementally improves your life.
If you want to provoke profound changes in your life, you need to reevaluate your paradigms.
Scientifically, a paradigm represents a philosophical and theoretical framework of a discipline.
For example, the idea that “the earth is flat” used to be a framework that all other approaches and rules followed. Proving this belief wrong, opened up a whole range of new possibilities, and advancements in various scientific disciplines.
In a personal sense, a paradigm shift defines a fundamental change in how you see the world.
Changing a personal paradigm opens up a range of new lifelines for your personal and professional growth, presenting you with more opportunities than before.
As mentioned before, conventional paradigms are deeply ingrained in our culture. Shifting a paradigm won’t happen overnight.
Either you repeat the same conventional doctrines everybody is saying, or else you say something true, and it will sound like it’s from Neptune.
— Noam Chomsky