Do you remember when your parents would ask…

“Why’d you do that?”

You’d reply, “I don’t know.”

“What do you mean you don’t know? You know better.”

“I know.”

“So, why’d you do it?”

“I don’t know.”

That kind of conversation probably leaves us with the idea that we should do it because we know how to do better.

However, this logic is missing a critical point.

Out of Sync

We were never taught that the “knowing” and “doing” parts of us are separate.

Our conscious mind is the part of our personality that gathers information (the knowing part). However, it is the subconscious mind that causes the action (the doing). So, what we know how to do is not always in sync with the part of our mind that controls what we do habitually.

What causes this gap?

One thing—paradigms.

What They Are

A paradigm can be likened to a program that has been installed in your subconscious mind. It’s a mental program that has almost exclusive control over your habitual behavior.

When you think about it, you’ll realize that virtually all of your behavior is part of a routine. For instance, you follow a routine when you get up in the morning and go to bed at night. And the way you eat, exercise, work, relax and the time you wake up and go to sleep are all habits.

Where They Come From

Although everyone has a paradigm, most of us don’t create it ourselves. We inherited it through our genetic and environmental conditioning.

For example, you were programmed by your parent’s and ancestors’ DNA and of their beliefs—going back for generations.

And that’s not all.

When you were a young child, any ideas you were exposed to repeatedly were like seeds being planted in the fertile soil of your subconscious mind because you could not reject anything. Those ideas took root and became part of the paradigm that controls every aspect of your life.

Unfortunately, we’re not taught about paradigms in school. So, we go 20… 30… 40… 60 years living the same way we were programmed as little kids.

What They Control

I’ve already explained that paradigms largely control our habitual behavior.

Now, let’s look at some other aspects of your life that your paradigm has enormous influence over. It controls your…

  • Perception
  • Use of time
  • Creativity
  • Effectiveness
  • Productivity
  • Logic
  • Ability to earn money

The paradigm puts a box around every one of those areas, and no matter how hard you try, you can’t knock down the walls until you change the mental program.

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