Paradigms: What’s a Paradigm Shift
(part 2 of 4)
With Bob’s teachings, he shares that what we think about often will become a part of the results that we experience on a daily basis.
In his personal experience, he shares that when he was younger he was in debt and at a job that he didn’t like nor loved. He earned a basic salary which couldn’t cover his debt and only had 2 months worth of high school education. Yet, within a few short years, he was earning over a million dollars a year and continues to earn millions of dollars to this day. He couldn’t explain what happened that changed his life around and so he was determined to understand how it happened. He read an enormous amount of books on human psychology, biographies, and studies of successful leaders. Nine years later the answer came to him through an accumulation of self-studying and studying alongside Earl Nightingale (1921-1989), a leader in personal development, and other mentors. He reveals that it was a Paradigm Shift that constituted the results that he enjoys to this present day.
How does a Paradigm Shift work and how can it work for you?
Bob learned that our mind and body works in a particular way. He learned that our mind consists of a conscious mind and subconscious mind which can be altered so that we can change our results. He teaches that what we think induces emotions within us and that causes the actions that we perform on a daily basis. His studies revealed that this understanding of the mind is what changed his life around and altered the results that he now receives on a daily basis.
His further studies and application of this concept with others reveal that the mind (or human psyche) operates in a universal manner and thus it can be taught and learned by anyone who is willing to understand it. This means that you and I are able to learn and apply this knowledge.
We are then able and capable to change the results of our lives by understanding this foundational information about how our minds work. By understanding the core principles of the human psyche, we can take control of our lives so that we can start living the type of lives that we want to live.
A review of his studies shows that most people react to their situations rather than respond to them. The difference is when a person reacts to situations, those situations are in control of their decision-making process and the situation dictates their results. This is why, as he explains, so many people just live one year ninety times over until death approaches. On the other hand, a person gains the ability to be in control of their results when a person responds to their situations.
Returning to the paradigm example, where a person would start going to the gym. According to that person’s ‘natural’ and daily routine, starting an exercise plan would feel completely awkward and require a lot of effort just to get through the exercises. This is a situation that we can all relate to because mostly all of us have attempted to do this in our own lives. A health-conscious lifestyle presents an opportunity that one can react or respond to.
A person may find many excuses to exclude themselves from taking part in a new activity that has the potential to benefit their health and thus the situation dictates their decision-making process because they react to it. The excuses can include the following:
“I don’t have time.”
“I need a gym partner before I join.”
“I can’t lift weights.”
These are all reasons why one can’t start living a healthy lifestyle.
However, responding to it, one keeps full control of the situation. They would find positive reasons why a healthy lifestyle can benefit them and understand that their new activity would require a change in their routine. A person accepts the responsibility this change requires, regardless of the excuses, so that they can benefit from the new results it offers.
Even though the exercise would feel like an “inconvenience” at first, they still decided to act on it and start it. The continuation of this new activity in their lives would require one’s time and effort but once they hit the point of being used to it, it is no longer an inconvenience but comfortable and pleasurable activity.
This process, according to Bob, is the:
“What we think about will become a part of the results that we experience on a daily basis.”
He explains that our conscious mind, the part of our mind that does the thinking, can create whatever we want it to. It consists of our imagination, perception, intuition, memory, will and reasoning factors. These factors are what we use to create thoughts and ideas in our minds and that these ideas or thoughts can be accepted or rejected (i.e. to agree or disagree with a current thought or idea in our mind).
He then explains that if we accept any idea whether it is “good” or “bad” based on our current state of perception will cause us to feel a certain emotion towards it. He states that our subconscious has no ability to reject an idea or thought, it just accepts whatever is “fed to it” from our conscious mind. This emotion is created or setup in our subconscious mind. Our Subconscious mind is like a library of all past experiences. Whenever a certain situation triggers an image/thought within our mind, it will quickly bring up an emotion that is associated with it or at least similar to it.
How emotions experienced during a Paradigm Shift effect your results?