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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

How to Shift Your Paradigms Paradigm Shifts, Part III

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How to Shift Your Paradigms Paradigm Shifts, Part III
by Van K. Tharp Ph.D.

In this three part series, I will explore the idea of major shifts in your thinking and your mental maps of the world. One of the steps to making big changes in your life is to make paradigm shifts — or shifts in your lateral thinking. This means to get out of the box you are in (your perceptual limitations from your current perspectives) and determine what is possible from other perspectives. If you understand the power of paradigm shifts, you can begin to understand what it is to be a genius. You can accomplish what seems like miracles.

The purpose in writing this series of articles has simply been to get you to think and step outside of your own perspective. In Part One of this series, I presented the idea that one of the steps to infinite wealth is to make paradigm shifts. This means get out of the box you are in (your perceptual limitations from your current perspectives) and determine what is possible from other perspectives. In Part Two, I have outlined five major paradigm shifts from which most traders and investors would benefit.

Today I will tell you how to make your own paradigm shifts. One of the greatest skills I can give you is the ability to make your own paradigm shifts -- to look at the box you've put yourself in by your thinking. Once you have done that, then you can step out. For those of you who would like maximum benefit and are really willing to "go for the moon," here is a five-step program for creating your own paradigm shifts.

Step 1) Examine who you are and what you are doing from multiple perspectives. NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) suggests that there are at least three perspectives of every event:

Your perspective,
the perspective of another involved person, and
the perspective of an outside observer watching what is going on.

A simple way you might work on this shift would be to take the perspective of an outside observer and just replay each day, at the end of the day, from the outsider’s perspective. If you were to continually observe yourself from perspectives two and three, then amazing changes will occur in you and you will be able to jump out of your box very soon.

Step 2) Examine your beliefs. Your beliefs might form a set of concentric circles. In the very middle are the beliefs that you know are true. Around that are the beliefs you think are true. The next circle contains beliefs that might be true. The fourth circle contains the beliefs about which you have real doubts, things on the fringe — maybe like the existence of ghosts or UFOs. The final outermost circle are the beliefs that you know are not true.

Most people tend to spend their lives rejecting beliefs on the outside circle. There is even a journal called The Informed Skeptic which devotes itself to debunking fringe beliefs. While I'm all in favor of questioning fringe beliefs, I think the most limiting and damaging beliefs are probably in the inner circle—those we know to be true. Many people look for lots of supporting evidence in an effort to defend these beliefs. Spend time questioning these beliefs and you'll begin to make major paradigm shifts. In fact, try questioning one or two of your major assumptions about life that you know are true. About what are you absolutely certain? What would life be like if the assumptions underlying that belief were not true? Questioning of this sort is what would be most profitable and evolutionary for most people.

Step 3) Notice your projections. What you see "out there" really reflects what is going on inside of you. This belief has deep psychological underpinnings and it is true for me, however, for most people, it is on the "fringe". If you operate as if the world is a mirror to your own mind, then you will really begin to find the boxes you have put yourself in. Once you are able to identify a box you are in, it is a simple step to get out of the box and make a paradigm shift.

Step 4) Keep a daily journal of your emotions and experiences. One of the best ways to observe yourself is to look at the way you were at some prior point in time and to compare that version of you with another version. By writing in and reading your journal on a regular basis, you will really help yourself identify paradigms, observe them, and then be able to step out of them.

Step 5) Meditate regularly. Meditation is all about listening. Listening provides you with intuition and immense guidance. As a result, twenty minutes of quiet meditation is probably the best thing you can do for yourself. For a simple way to meditate, just pay attention to your breathing for twenty minutes. Think of breathing in as "inspiration" - for it very well may be that. As thoughts come to you, simply notice them and let them go. If you notice you have become stuck in your thoughts, just let them go and return to watching your breath.

These five steps should help you to make immense paradigm shifts on a regular basis. Plan to do them for the next 30 days and let us know your results.

About the Author: Trading coach, and author, Dr. Van K. Tharp is widely recognized for his best-selling books and his outstanding Peak Performance Home Study program - a highly regarded classic that is suitable for all levels of traders and investors. You can learn more about Van Tharp

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