Nothing is more powerful in the world than changing your mind. You can change your residence, clothes, friends, job, career or nationality but if you don’t change your mind, your world will remain the same for a lifetime.
We perform in accordance to the picture we have about ourselves. Our world views. All you have ever achieved could be a tip of the ice berg of what you can achieve. You are 95% of who you are by age 35. To live up-to your full potential, you need to shift the operating system until winning in life fuses with your subconscious mind.
Your thought controls your life. Your mind is your greatest asset in this life. It’s the key to peace and life (happiness). Unmanaged life leads to tension, pressure, stress and chaos. A managed life leads to strength, security, serenity and peace. If you want a healthy mind, you must feed your mind with truth. God is more interested in changing your mind than changing your circumstances.
Stephen R. Covey argues that if we want to make relatively minor changes in our lives, we can perhaps appropriately focus on our attitudes and behaviors. But if we want to make significant, quantum change, we need to work on our basic paradigms.
We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are. If you don’t get out of the box you were raised in, you won’t understand how much bigger the world is. Just because something has always been done in a certain way is never a sufficient reason for continuing to do it that way. It is Albert Einstein who argued, we can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.
As the bonfires of knowledge grow brighter, the more the darkness is revealed to our startled eyes. What we see depends mainly on what we look for. Life is not a problem to be solved, but rather a mystery to be lived. Our duty therefore, as men and women, is to proceed as if limits to our ability did not exist. The journey to the light starts with a candle. Once it’s lit, darkness has gone forever.
There is no reality in the absence of observation. If you believe in something, no proof is required. If you don’t believe, no proof is sufficient. Universal opinions are often mistaken for universal principles. What if you reached the end of your life only to discover it was all wrong? You barely survived. What a tragedy to realize on your death bed that you never lived!
Was your life worth living? If you died today, what dreams, what gifts, what talents, what ideas will die with you? Have you been benchmarking with too low a standard. Suppose the Lord tells His angels to write on your tombstone, ‘Not used up’, and then reveals to you all you were meant to be? Could you be having the wrong picture about your capabilities? Could you be living way below your privileges?
In the last nine months, I have taught many inspiring topics like: You Don’t Need a Job; Fake Money; Personality Dramas; Why Men are Linear and Women are Cyclic; Don’t Go Down Without a Fight; Secure Your Life in 90 Days; No Man Stands Alone; Re-invent Yourself – the Art of Personal Branding; and Starting all Over Again from Ground Zero. And honestly, I have received countless moving testimonies of changed lives as a result.
But if I must teach you only one thing this year that would propel you to a whole new level of imagination, it is about shifting your paradigms – changing your world views. This is truly your defining moment. You can’t change the fruit without changing the root. The best analogy I can give to stinking thinking is death. Paradigm shift, on the other hand, is like resurrection.
The term paradigm shift was introduced by Thomas Kuhn in his highly influential landmark book, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Kuhn shows how almost every significant breakthrough in the field of scientific endeavor is first a break with tradition, with old ways of thinking, with old paradigms.
Everything you don’t use, you lose. This is the law of use. And the Lord Himself said, ‘to those who have, more will be added