Change Your Paradigm and Change Your Life
Have you ever wondered why there are so many people graduating from school and university and they appear lost and don’t know where to go?
Have you ever wondered why some people, who are not really very bright, earn millions of dollars and those who are absolutely brilliant end up broke? That question has run around the mind of Bob Proctor for around fifty years.
It’s something called paradigms. Joel Barker wrote a book on it back in 1990. It was an excellent book.
What is a Paradigm: It’s Controlling Your Life
Do you know paradigms are literally controlling our life. We go right through our educational system and learn absolutely nothing about them.
It’s that little voice within that’s controlling all of us. What is a paradigm? Paradigms are nothing more than a multitude of habits that are lodged in our subconscious mind.
School teaches us nothing about how to change the paradigm. Yes, we have people graduating from college with an abundance of knowledge and they are not going anywhere.
You see, the knowledge they gathered does not equate to the results they’re getting. They are really bright but the results they’re getting indicate that they’re not very bright at all.
We are Conditioned Genetically and Environmentally
We’ve all been conditioned genetically – that’s why we look like our relatives.
And then we have been conditioned environmentally. For example, if a baby is born in the suburbs of New York and was taken to Bejing, China, and put in a home there. That baby would grow up fluent in Chinese and with no knowledge of the English language.
The same result occurs if you take a baby from Bejing to New York. The baby will grow up speaking English.
Why, because we are programmed with the language we are surrounded by. But, we are also programmed by the lifestyle we are surrounded by.
Think of this for a few minutes. Do you know that all welfare recipients are third, fourth, and fifth welfare recipients. Some people are going nowhere, generation after generation.
Do you know that a large majority of the people that leave prison go right back into prison. The recidivism rate is up around 80 or 90 per cent.
3 percent of our population earned around 97 percent of all the money that’s being earned. Have you ever stopped and asked yourself why this is happening.
Bob Proctor started asking himself these questions a long time ago. When he was 26 he was earning $4000 a year. A few years later he was earning over a million dollars a year.
He had no formal education and no business education. The change was so dramatic he was not satisfied with enjoying it. He wanted to know why?
Because he grew up with the idea, like most of us did, that if you are going to earn a lot of money you’ve got to be really smart.
But Bob was earning a lot of money and he knew he was not smart. There is the idea that if you are going to build a business you have to have a good formal education.
Bob had only two months of high school but had a business that was operating in Toronto, Montreal, Boston, Cleveland, Atlanta, and London, England.
He was occupied with knowing why. How could he with so little formal education achieve such success in business.
What had actually happened was that he had changed his paradigm. He had changed his subconscious conditioning.
But Bob was not aware of what he had done. What did he find? He had worked for some of the largest companies in the world. He had watched their sales go up by millions of dollars by just teaching people how to change a couple of habits in their life.
What is a Paradigm: A Multitude of Habits
Because “what is a paradigm“. It's a multitude of habits that are lodged in our subconscious mind.
Our conscious mind is where our intellect resides. And that’s what school, our parents or guardians are always having us work on – our intellect.
But that is not the part that controls our behavior. The part that controls our behavior and moves us into action is our subconscious mind. And that is where the paradigm is.
That’s where the ideas are all locked up. William James from Harvard University put it very well in 1900 when he said, “You must deposit the idea in the treasury of your subconscious mind.”
Unfortunately, that’s what happened to us. A lot of false beliefs were deposited in the treasury of our subconscious mind.
I suggest you ask yourself, “What do I believe?” Take a pen and write down some of your most cherished beliefs. And then ask yourself, “Why do I believe that?”
And most likely do not have a foundation for believing it. You inherited that belief. You did not originate it, you inherited it.
It’s part of the paradigm. Paradigm is culture. Culture is nothing but a group habit. And group habit is right back to a paradigm again.
Bob Proctor travels all over the world and goes into, what he would refer to as, foreign countries. When they come to our country it’s a foreign country to them.
Although people look different, they sound different, they may eat different foods. But when you get past the culture, people are essentially the same.
We are spiritual beings, have an intellect and we live in a physical body. But the paradigm is controlling us.
The statistics that were referred to earlier (97 percent of the money is earned by just 3 percent of the population) are just as true on one side of the world as it is on the other.
You and I have the ability, just like that, to decide that we are going to be in the 3 percent group. Now, how do I do it? That’s where the paradigm has to be changed.
And when you do that you will change your life. Inscribed over the arch of Apollo at Delphi for two thousand years are these words, “Know thyself.”
Hardly anybody understands themselves. Beyond their name, their age, and their gender, they don’t really know too much about themselves.
Change your Life by Changing your Paradigm
As we start to dig inside we’ll start to see that there is a program in our mind that’s literally controlling our lives. If you study the life of most people it does not change too much from one year to the next.
But it can change very quickly by changing the paradigm. That’s what you really want to understand.
Understand that it’s a multitude of habits in your subconscious mind. As a child Bob was often asked the question, “Bob, why are you doing that?”
He would say, “I don’t know.” He was repeatedly asked this question throughout his life growing up, but could never give n answer.
Bob did not know why he was doing things he did not want to do. This was giving him results he did not want to get, and yet he would do them anyway.
That’s a paradigm. Everybody’s playing the same game. You owe it to yourself to gain an understanding of this magic word.
Understand that there is a program inside of you that is literally controlling your behavior and producing your results.
What if you had the ability to write yourself a new program? And when you write your own paradigm, that’s when you start to take control of your own life.
That is the way it was designed. You are designed to take control of your own life. To live the way you want to live. To do the things you want to do, with the people you want to do them with.
It’s a great way to live. You’ve got to get to know yourself first. Learn to control your paradigm and you will be free of being controlled by somebody else ideas.
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In 1951, Bob Proctor started studying “Think and Grow Rich” and it transformed his life, in addition to studying the book. Bob listened to Earl Nightingale’s condensed recording of the book thousands of times. Then, Bob worked shoulder-to-shoulder with Earl Nightingale at Nightingale-Conant from 1968 to 1973, before leaving to start his own personal development company. Today, Bob has studied thousands of books, continues to read “Think and Grow Rich” every day, and is considered the world’s foremost expert on the human mind.
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