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The Power of a Paradigm Shift

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In 2017 as I lay on my bed after finishing a class at university, I was feeling hopeless and lost. I didn’t enjoy the concept of university, and was feeling a significant lack of purpose in my life. While aimlessly scrolling through Instagram to pass the time, I came across Gary Vee’s post which read: “the most successful people in the world read on average 50 books per year.” I had never enjoyed reading, mainly because of the books we were forced to read in school. I always knew that conformity and the system was not for me, but that success was something I truly desired deep down, so I went to go and find a book.

Fortunately, my dad has a bookshelf with hundreds of options. After a quick scan, I picked out Positivity by Barbara Frederickson. I began to read it – and I was hooked. Within a week I had finished it, feeling like I’d learned more in those 250 pages than I had throughout 12 years of schooling. And so began my journey on the pursuit of knowledge, which has truly transformed my life. It enabled me to act on things I never otherwise would have, and has built me into the capable, outgoing and driven person that I am today. 

From the moment I picked up that book, my paradigm shifted. Essentially a paradigm is a framework – whether it be something we consciously or unconsciously embody, our paradigm is what guides our thoughts, beliefs, feelings and actions. A paradigm shift is when a fundamental change in approach or underlying assumptions of a belief system takes place, which allows us to transform and will inevitably shape us into the next version of ourselves that we become. 

Before, I was living in a paradigm where I was lost – wanting success, but not truly believing I could achieve it. After all, every habit, behaviour or belief is simply a pattern in our brain – the more you reinforce something into your mind and body, the stronger that pattern will become. The moment I began to empower myself through knowledge, was the moment I could start to see myself achieving the things I wanted to achieve. Many of them have manifested, and I’m truly excited to see how far I can take it. 

“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.” – Walt Disney

One of the biggest problems I see with society, some of my friends and family included, is that they’re stuck in the same paradigm they’ve been in most of their lives, because that’s all they know. Don’t get me wrong, it’s hard to break free from the deep conditioning we’ve experienced since we were young, but with discipline and continuous work, we can. When you do, there is truly no better feeling than setting your mind to something and going out and achieving it. Unless you’re fortunate enough to have never struggled with your own mind, changes are quite often unnatural and difficult. 

Many of us find comfort and security in our beliefs, which is why it can be so hard to question and challenge them. It is scary and confronting to think that everything we’ve ever been taught is not true, which is why so many would rather live in denial rather than accept, face and embrace the often-uncomfortable truth. 

Regardless of this, not all hope is lost and it’s never too late to change – whether you’re 16 and want to start your own business, or 45 and want to quit your job to pursue something you’re passionate about. The first step is to change your mindset and shift your paradigm to get to a place where you have such a deep conviction in yourself and what you’re doing, that there is no way you can’t achieve it. 

“Conventional wisdom is the scripture of mediocrity.” – Dan Pena

Despite being a quote that ruffles a few feathers, it’s a mantra that I live by. If everyone’s walking in one direction, I’ve trained myself to go the other way. The majority of people never succeed, which is why I choose to take the lonely and uncertain path, rather than the one of least resistance. But believe me, if you had said this to my 15-year-old self, I would have quivered at the thought. That’s why I say if I can do it, anyone can.

In my opinion, a paradigm shift is the most profound, transformative and growth-causing thing one can do for themselves. After all, we will only regret the chances we didn’t take, and we won’t take those risks if we are stuck in a paradigm that tells us to take the safest route possible. 

What’s one thing you’d like to get done before the end of the year? Share it with us below so we can keep you accountable!

Lewis Schenk is an Australian based Entrepreneur, Writer and PR Consultant. His work has been recognized by Buzzfeed, International Business Times and Thrive Global. Lewis is passionate about sharing empowering stories from people around the world, particularly those in entrepreneurship & business. He has been privileged to work with over 150 business owners and entrepreneurs in 2020 alone, helping them grow their brand and online presence. His work can be found here.

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20 Ways You Can Become a Powerful Communicator

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Emile Steenveld Speaker and Coach

Some people seem to naturally know how to effectively communicate in a group setting. They can express themselves clearly and listen attentively without dominating the conversation.

Being a powerful communicator is important for several reasons, including building and maintaining relationships, achieving goals, resolving conflicts, improving productivity, leading and influencing others, advancing in your career, expressing yourself more confidently and authentically, and improving your mental and emotional well-being. Effective communication is an essential life skill that can benefit you in all aspects of your life.

But, don’t worry if you don’t naturally possess this skill, as effective communication is something that can be developed with practice, planning and preparation.
 

1.  Listen actively: Practice active listening by giving your full attention to the speaker and responding to what they are saying.

 

2. Use “I” statements: Speak from your own perspective and avoid placing blame or making accusations.

 

3. Avoid assumptions: Don’t make assumptions about what the other person is thinking or feeling.

 

4. Be clear: Express your thoughts and feelings clearly and concisely by getting to the point and avoid using jargon or overly complex language.

 

5. Show empathy: Show that you understand and care about the other person’s feelings.

 

6. Offer valuable insights: When speaking in a group, provide a valuable takeaway or actionable item that people can walk away with.

 

7. Be an active listener: Listen attentively and respond accordingly, incorporating your points into the conversation.

 

8. Choose the right time: Pick the most opportune time to speak to ensure that you have the group’s attention and can deliver your message without interruption.

 

9. Be the unifying voice: Step in and unify the group’s thoughts to calm down the discussion and insert your point effectively.

 

10. Keep responses concise: Keep responses short and to the point to show respect for others’ time.

 

11. Avoid unnecessary comments: Avoid commenting on everything and only speak when you have something important to say.

 

12. Cut the fluff: Avoid being long-winded and get straight to the point.

 

13. Prepare ahead of time: Sort out your points and practice them before speaking in a group.

 

14. Smile and be positive: Smile and nod along as others speak, to build a positive relationship and be respected when it’s your turn to speak.

 

15. Take responsibility: Take responsibility for your own actions and feelings.

 

16. Ask questions: Ask questions to clarify any confusion or misunderstandings.

 

17. Avoid interrupting: Allow the other person to finish speaking without interruption.

 

18. Practice active listening: Repeat what the other person said to ensure you have understood correctly.

 

19. Use your body language too: Use nonverbal cues such as eye contact, facial expressions, and body language to convey your message and build rapport.

 

20. Be aware of the tone of your voice: it should be calm and assertive, not aggressive or passive.

 

By keeping these tips in mind, you can improve your communication skills and become a more powerful communicator, which can help you build better relationships, achieve your goals, and lead a more fulfilling life.

I you want to learn how to become more confident in life then you can join my weekly mentorship calls and 40+ online workshops at AweBliss.com so you can master your life with more success.

 
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