As I was writing this book, I realized that we, as individuals also have paradigms that can likewise limit and cause us to lose our identity and influence in the world. We inherit our paradigms from our family, friends and churches that we belong to and associate with. These communities influence us, reinforcing certain kinds of thinking and level of living, upon us that make it very difficult for one to transcend the level of those around us. Often people find it impossible to break cycles of lack, insufficiency, addictions, habits or other self destructive and limiting behaviors within their paradigm because it is cultural within that community.
Paradigms are often broken or overcome by what is known as a “paradigm shift”. Paradigm Shifts occur when different or higher levels of information, thinking or truth are introduced to a paradigm’s community. This higher level of thinking and truth causes those within a paradigm to realize greater possibility, opportunities and realities that laid just outside the boundaries, limitations and even misinformation established by their paradigm. Often, the only thing necessary for someone to change their life’s direction and for them to go to the next level is: (1) being introduced to new ideas and realities, and (2) a decision to embrace and have what has been revealed. Once this happens the person will being to pursue greater revelation of what has been revealed to them and they no longer can remain where they are or be satisfied with what they’ve to that point experienced in life.
Paradigm shifts are initiated in our life first by a decision to be and do more than what we’ve currently realized in our lives. This decision causes us to transcend the usual and customary limitations reinforced by our paradigm and begin to thing from a paradigm of possibilities instead of impossibilities. If when considering change or going from one level to the next in your life, lifestyle or work immediately brings to your mind comes to mind how impossible it is to accomplish, you are dealing with a limiting paradigm that has not allowed you to venture beyond your surroundings and those around you. Remember, the first thing you must do is deal with your paradigm, because it will determine what you believe, and ultimately what you receive in and about life!