Paradigms and Success

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When discovering how to be successful in this modern world, there are many variables that need to be considered. We can recall Earl Nightingale’s quotation, “Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal.” However, one of the most important factors that will determine success or failure is our approach to the world in comparison to the approach taken to those around us. The ways in which we observe, interpret and react to situations not only defines who we are as individuals, but these habits will also directly affect the amount of success we can expect to enjoy.

Paradigms in Our Lives

We can envision a paradigm as a “template” for our unique behaviour. An overly simplified model for this concept can be a computer that is programmed to react a certain way when data is input into it’s system. It will obviously produce the required results when the correct type of information is received. However, computers are rather inflexible; it is difficult for them to adapt to changing variables. Unfortunately, many of us are the same way. Without getting too heavily involved in psychology, we are all products or our experiences and our reactions to these events. One of the problems that we will find is that our mind is not “programmed” to take an attitude that will result in success. Our paradigms may be too rigid, they can focus on the wrong approach, or both. So, one of the main principles that will determine how to be successful is our ability to enact what is called a “paradigm shift”.

Don’t Panic!

This term is not as difficult as it may sound. We are not referring to changing the horizons of the known universe. Instead, a paradigm shift in this sense can be defined as the ability to change the ways in which we approach certain areas of our life; effectively modifying our interpretive “template”. Like any habit, this will take time to accomplish and to expect this shift to occur suddenly is unrealistic. Still, given time and by using the correct approach, our modalities of thought can change so that we can align ourselves on the path to success.

Take a Look Around

The habits and approaches of other people are great ways to see how different individuals handle similar situations. Let us imagine two coworkers that have both been assigned a challenging project that is under a stringent deadline. One cowers away from the task; stating that it will be impossible to achieve. The other eagerly dives into the project with enthusiasm and welcomes the challenge. Obviously, each has approached the situation with a different paradigm of thought. It should come as no surprise that the eager individual will most likely enjoy greater success.

Putting It All Together

So, it is clear that there are many different variables that are involved in changing our habits and approaches. One way that all of these metrics interact can be seen in an example that is known as the nursing paradigm. Essentially, the nursing paradigm observes that there is an irrefutable interaction between the individual, health (a perceived state of well-being) and the environment. In this approach, the term “nursing” is used to describe the individual’s interactions with the environment based on all of these variables combined (in other words, a paradigm).
Unfortunately, it can be difficult to interpret how our paradigms may affect our levels of success (it can be a very subjective task). So, it is a good idea to look at those around us. How can two different people approach life with two completely disparate paradigms? Who tends to be more successful? Understanding paradigms and they ways in which they can influence our levels of success is essential to placing ourselves upon the road to triumph!


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