Tuesday, January 29, 2013
I wanted to spend a few minutes today writing about "Belief Systems" or paradigms. Every person has a set of beliefs. I'm not just talking about religion, in fact, I'm not talking about religion at all. I'm talking about a core set of beliefs that each of us guides ourselves by. These are also called Paradigms (pronounced Pair-a-dimes).
Many of us have paradigms about ourselves that are so entrenched in our beings that almost nothing will change them. We have such negative images of ourselves, our bodies, our looks, our attitudes, that nothing anyone tells us will change how we feel about ourselves. Even if the other person shows us photographic evidence or proven scientific fact, we hold onto those paradigms and fail to acknowledge the truth.
We hold onto false paradigms in many parts of our lives including our work, our relationships, and yes, even our own health. We have been told things that sound true, solid or logical so we believe them. Unfortunately, most of what we think we know as fact is actually fiction, or it's only partially true. In order to get on track we need to create what's known as a "paradigm shift."
We need to open our minds to the possibility that what we believe isn't entirely true. We need to accept that we may not have all of the information available. We need to stop thinking we have all of the answers and ask for more information. You see, a true paradigm shift isn't necessarily a total shift in our belief system, it's a change in our ATTITUDE about what we believe.
As a society we need a paradigm shift in our culture and move from looking at the negative, jumping on the defensive and defending a position we are not 100% sure is correct to looking at change as a positive thing. Challenge our beliefs and look for change. Motivate ourselves and each other to be just 1% better today than we were yesterday in whatever form that may take.
So, my challenge to you today is to change your WAY of thinking, dump the old negative beliefs and accept a paradigm shift from looking at yourself in a negative light and turn on a brighter positive light when you look at yourself.
JUICE to you all!