Two Interactive Mental Models1
– external to you; shared; a universally accepted model providing
the context for understanding and
decision making in a
– internal to you; individual; the way you think and what you
think about. "When new information is compatible with your knowledge
structures it is accepted, when it does not mesh with your
pre-conceived ideas or past experience it receives little
consideration, is distorted or ignored."
"Thinking Outside the Comfort Zone", Jerry Sentell
Motivation123, Jason Gracia
"The future ain't
what it used to be." ~ Yogi Berra
Paradigms describe a basis for
anticipation of specific events; they
do not deal with values per se. When an existing paradigm no longer
adequately explains or predicts relevant phenomenon and no replacement has
been a paradigm crisis takes hold.
4 WHYs of True Success
To adopt a new paradigm you need to
open your mind and start
outside the box.
"The only way a paradigm crisis can be resolved
is by replacing an old, no longer adequate paradigm with a new and different
one that explains and predicts better than the original, a paradigm shift.
Paradigm shifts do not involve simply slight modifications to the existing
model. They instead replace and render the old model obsolete. says
Empower yourself to change
"Throughout history significant paradigm shifts
are almost always
at the fringes of a paradigm, not those with
a vested interest (intellectual, financial or otherwise) in maintaining the
current paradigm, regardless of its obvious shortcomings"1