Paradigms: What’s a Paradigm Shift
(part 3 of 4)
The emotion that we feel towards that thought, idea or situation will determine how we act towards it – to react or respond.
We’ll either feel negative emotions of fear, anger, hatred, etc. which are, in most cases, situations that we react to because we are ignorant about the cause of those emotions. Positive emotions of faith, love, hope, and enthusiasm are felt when we respond to situations.
A reactive state is when our emotions are stimulated by an external source and our actions are an automatic reaction to the emotions that we experience in that situation. Very little thought is processed during a reactive state and a sense of feeling out of control is experienced. Hence the situation dictates your results.
However, a responsive state, to a similar situation, means that you would engage with your thought process first regardless of what your emotional reaction is. Your thought process can accept or reject the situation and thus place you in control. If you reject the negative ideas of any situation it wouldn’t induce any negative emotions that you can act on.
"Both fear and faith requires us to believe in something that we cannot see.” Bob Proctor
For example, if we return to the idea of starting an exercise routine, we can allow all the current habits like waking up at a particular time, eating certain foods and entertaining ourselves with digital content to dictate whether we start exercising. This reactive approach would require us to see what current comfortable habits we would be giving up.
But, if we reject any ideas that constitute to giving up current habits then we would start ‘seeing’ the benefits and gains of exercising within our mind with a responsive approach. It will require a change in routine to create this new habit of exercise but it will be enforced by the idea that you are gaining the benefits of it. It just requires the persistence in the beginning until it becomes a new habit that is enjoyable, comfortable and beneficial to new results that you experience on a daily basis.
We understand that experiencing life isn’t as clear cut as this explanation but understanding the basic principles of how our minds work is the starting point to changing the results that we experience on a daily basis.
Furthermore, these habits and emotions that are stored in our subconscious mind are either from past experiences or taught to us by external influences throughout our past (i.e. by parents, teaches friends, radio, TV, news, social media, etc.).
If we are taught to react to certain things in a particular way because we were told from a young age, then we can definitely teach ourselves now to respond to new and better situations that we can benefit from.
Bob states that these external influences are only learned through repetition from an external source rather than one’s own opinions and decisions. We have the conscious ability to reject or accept any idea. It is with our will power and repetition that we can accept ideas that show us what we can gain and act upon it with persistence until it becomes a habit that replaces an old stagnant habit that impedes growth.
To conclude a Paradigm Shift is necessary when we want better results in our lives. It requires the knowledge of the human psyche that allows us to understand what our bodies are experiencing during the process of upgrading our habitual behavior. Results are a direct response to the habits that we perform on a daily basis and it is imperative to understand that updating your habits is what leads to the change that you desire.