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Wake Up the Brilliance Inside You

Self Empowerment Through A Paradigm Shift

Joel Seah

Very often, an individual is let down by his or her own limiting beliefs, and they wonder why they cannot achieve success. One of the most crucial elements of self empowerment is to be aware of our thoughts, as they affect our attitudes and behaviours directly. Nothing is good or bad, it is just our thoughts that make them so.

The term Paradigm Shift was first introduced by Thomas Kuhn in his book, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Today, the word paradigm is commonly used to represent a thought pattern or perception, which in turn affects our attitudes and behaviours. Paradigm Shift in this sense means to change our limiting thoughts and perceptions.

The Map Is Not The Territory - A map is simply an explanation of how an actual territory is like. It lists details such as buildings and roads, however, the map is not the actual territory, it is just a representation.

Every one of us would agree that the illustration above makes sense. Some might even add that it is common sense. Now, if we stop to think about it, many of us are actually making the mistake of treating our map as THE territory. Allow me to draw some parallels here.

The territory here refers to the actual world out there, the world that goes on without our control. The map refers to our perception of the world. Every one uses a different map, depending on culture, society, upbringing, language, experiences, etc. In a nutshell, we perceive the world according to our maps, our realities. How I perceive a given situation may not be the same as you, and vice versa. Yet, how often have we treated our reality as the only reality?

For The World To Change, I Must First Change - This statement places you in an empowering state of mind by acknowledging that you are in control of your thoughts. The moment you change your perception, the world around you changes too.

In Stephen R. Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, he wrote about an experience he had in a train. A man and his kids boarded the train, and while his kids were yelling and throwing things around, he just sat there doing nothing. It was clear that everyone in the train was irritated, and when he couldn't take it anymore, Covey turned to the man and asked if he could control his kids. The man apologised and explained that he was feeling at a loss because the kids' mother died in hospital just an hour ago.

Imagine how his perception would have changed immediately, and how that change would have led him from a feeling of irritation to one of compassion. Bringing up this story is just to reinforce the idea that what we see and think may not be what it really is.

We choose what we want to perceive as our reality. Being aware of this allows us to constantly place ourselves in an empowering state of mind, and make better decisions.


The Author is a certified Life Coach and practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) who specialises in Interpersonal Communication Skills, Sales and Customer Service Training.Would you like to Crack The Communication Code? To download your Free Report on the Top Eight Communication Mistakes and find out more about techniques to improve your interpersonal communication skills, simply visit (Please note that the link provided by the author is no longer valid. There were no other current links given at the time it was published on this site.)

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