I remember reading a book on “Paradigm shifts” over 20 years ago and really did not know what it was. Personally I think the world is going through a massive shift at the moment and we as individuals and businesses need to make sure we go through our own shift. All great discoveries and paradigm shifts are stimulated by an external event. Well, we all have an external event causing so many of us to rethink how we do things, what we are doing and why we are doing what we are doing.

So many small business owners have created their own paradigm shift over the last few months and it has been really encouraging to see. They have created other opportunities from a negative external event, they have not just sat on their backsides and succumbed to the negativity. Those who have been working through the last 12 months will know that they probably will never go back into the office 5 days a week or they may have seriously thought about what they are doing and whether they want to continue doing this for the rest of their lives. Some employees or small business owners who have been furloughed may have completely re-evaluated their lives and may now be doing something completely different from what they were doing 12 months ago. Many different businesses have been created over that period. And there are many who have just taken the furlough payments and done nothing since March 2020 and there is a high likelihood that once furlough payments stop, they either will not have a job or not have a business anymore – because they did nothing for 12 months. You cannot literally just wait for the “shit to hit the fan” before you do anything. By then it is far too late.

So many things have already changed and will continue to change over the coming months and years. Are you going to be one of those who changes what you are doing or will you – like the majority of the population – “conform?” A great audio recording to listen to is “The Strangest Secret” by Earl Nightingale. This was first recorded 65  years ago and I remember listening to it over 20 years ago and listened to it again yesterday and it could have almost been recorded in the last 12 months – I can highly recommend 35 mins of your time  – – you will not be disappointed and will learn something that could really help you to change your mindset. 

So many people will have heard me say many times that so many business owners are “insane”. They continue to do the same thing day after day when it isn’t working or not giving them the results they desire. If something is not working, change it. DO NOT KEEP DOING IT!

So a Paradigm shift can be created by an external event and we react to it – negatively or positively – or we can create our own paradigm shift whenever we want to ensure we are in direct control of our own lives at all times and not to be controlled by something we cannot control. Create your own paradigm shift, and take control of your life.

This article was first published on LinkedIn by Richard Knight on 19/04/2021