In our last writing, we gave consideration to the idea of "A Worthy Ideal for 2011," with an emphasis on mindfulness. We noted Earl Nightingale's idea from; "The Strangest Secret," that "Success is the Progressive Realization of a Worthy Ideal." Additionally, we gave consideration to Wallace D. Wattle's "Hurry and Habit".
In this article, we'll examine "Habit" often referred to as "Paradigms". When we consider "habits" we can immediately look at our own lives and determine that EVERYTHING is habit or paradigm. From the simplest function or thought to the most complex task or thought process, all is habit or paradigm.
Our habits or paradigms can be likened to the programming of a computer or the installation of a software program. Once the input is complete or the programming is set, function or output is automatic until interrupted or a new program installed.
Consider the task of driving. Initially when first learning to drive, it was a task that required our detailed attention. (And if it was a standard shift.....) Now, assuming that one has been driving for awhile, it's an automatic function within our subconscious mind. We can drive our cars and multi-task, like talking on the phone, eating, drinking coffee, putting on make-up and numerous other things. I've seen people in traffic reading books and newspapers!
How does this happen? It's all HABIT or PARADIGM.
What about the way we approach life and the challenges that we encounter? What about our work, our relationships, politics and social interactions? The way that we approach any aspect of our lives and respond or react to anything that impacts us, is all habit or paradigm.
Now, this is either good news or bad news depending on our conditioned state of mind. The thing that we can take heart in is that unless we are a computer that's incapable of re-programming itself, or providing its own input, our condition can be changed! We have the ability to, and the responsibility and privilege of changing those habits and paradigms that no longer serve our well-being. We're not dependent on anyone or anything outside ourselves to do this for us or to determine what our new habits or paradigms will be.
So, what old habits or paradigms are you willing to release that no longer serve your well-being? We're still within the first three weeks of 2011, wouldn't now be a great time to get started?
All its guidance and power are available to you.
When you have fully realized that THOUGHT CAUSES ALL, you will know
that there will never be any limits that you yourself do not impose."
U.S. Andersen, "Three Magic Words"
Below is the 2nd half of the Wallace D. Wattles, "Hurry and Habit"
Hurry and Habit
Now, concerning habit; it is probable that your greatest difficulty will be to overcome your old habitual ways of thought, and to form new habits. The world is ruled by habit. Kings, tyrants, masters, and plutocrats hold their positions solely because the people have come to habitually accept them. Things are as they are only because people have formed the habit of accepting them as they are. When the people change their habitual thought about governmental, social, and industrial institutions, they will change the institutions. Habit rules all.
You have formed, perhaps, the habit of thinking of yourself as a common person, as one of a limited ability, or as a being more or less of failure. Whatever you habitually think yourself to be, that you are. You must form, now, a greater and better habit; you must form a conception of yourself as a being of limitless power, and habitually think that you are that being. It is the habitual, not the periodical thought that decides your destiny. It will avail you nothing to sit apart for a few moments several times a day to affirm that you are great, if during all the balance of the day, while you are about your regular vocation, you think of yourself as not great.
No amount of praying or affirmation will make you great if you still habitually regard yourself as being small. The use of prayer and affirmation is to change your habit of thought. Any act, mental or physical, often repeated, becomes a habit. The purpose of mental exercise is to repeat certain thoughts over and over until the thinking of those thoughts becomes constant and habitual. The thoughts we continually repeat become convictions. What you must do is repeat the new thought about yourself until it is the only way in which you think of yourself. Habitual thought, and not environment or circumstance, has made you what you are.
Every person has some central idea of thought-form of himself, and by this idea he classifies and arranges all his external facts and external relationships. You are classifying your facts either according to the idea that you are a great and strong personality, or according to the idea that you are limited, common and weak. If the latter is the case, you must change your central idea. Get a new mental picture of yourself. Do not try to become great by repeating mere strings of words or a superficial formula; but repeat over and over the THOUGHT of your own power and ability until you classify external facts, and decide your place everywhere by this idea.
Wallace D. Wattles, excerpted from; "The Science of Being Great" 1911