July 11, 2018

Paradigms Are Like Glasses

Paradigm is the way you see something, your point of view, frame of reference or belief. Another word for paradigms is perceptions. Some of our paradigms may be way off the mark. For example, you may say things like you don’t have what it takes to get into college. Or, nobody in our family is good at math. Paradigms are like glasses. If you think you can’t do something, it is like wearing glasses with the wrong prescription. If you believe you cannot do something well, then you likely won’t do something well.



  • The next time you look in the mirror say something positive about yourself.
  • Show appreciation for someone’s point of view today. Say something like, “Hey that is a cool idea.”
  • Think of a limiting paradigm you might have of yourself, such as “I’m not outgoing.” Now, do something today that totally contradicts that paradigm.
  • Write down 5 things that you think you are not good at. Now change the sentences to how you might be good at them.