What’s the difference between paradigms and principles? Which is better to live by? PARADIGM The way you see something, your point of view, frame of reference, or belief. Why are paradigms harmful to us? -Sometimes our paradigms are way off the mark and we end up creating limitations for ourselves and others. -Paradigms can become self-fulfilling prophecies. If you think you’re good at school, you will be good at school. If you think you do poorly at school, you will do poorly. Something to think about: -Have you ever had a negative thought about yourself? -Have you ever judged someone before you really got to know them? What is a paradigm shift? A paradigm shift is a way of looking at something differently. We are stepping “outside the box”. When we make a paradigm shift we can see, think, feel and behave differently. Example: • People used to think the Earth is flat. • Sailors proved the Earth is round. (a paradigm shift occurred) Frank Koch wrote: Two battleships assigned to the training squadron had been at sea on maneuvers in heavy weather for several days. I was serving on the lead battleship and was on watch on the bridge as night fell. Shortly after dark, the lookout on the wing of the bridge reported, "Light, bearing on the starboard bow." "Is it steady or moving astern?" the captain called out. Lookout replied, "Steady, captain," which meant we were on a collision course. The captain then called to the signalman, "Signal that ship: We are on a collision course, advise you change course 20 degrees." Back came the reply, "Advisable for you to change course 20 degrees." The captain said, "Send, I'm a captain, change course 20 degrees." "I am a seaman second class" came the reply. "You had better change course 20 degrees." By that time, the captain was furious. He spat out, "Send, I'm a battleship. Change course 20 degrees." Back came the reply, "I'm a lighthouse." We changed course. Steven Covey (in “The 7 habits of Highly Effective People”) tells that story to teach that principles are “like lighthouses.” They are natural laws that cannot be broken.” If we can’t depend on our paradigms, then what can we depend on? Principles We are familiar with the effects of gravity. Throw a ball up and it comes down. It’s a natural law or principle. Just as there are principles that rule the physical world, there are principles that rule the human world. If you live by them, you will excel. If you break them, you will fail. A principle-centered life is the most stable foundation you can build on. Common principles include: -respect -honesty -love -service -hard work -responsibility -fairness To show regard or value for someone or something.