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Paradigm Shifts

The other day I was perusing Instagram when I came across a post from a young lady educating her timeline on botany. She showed us a plant with a withered leaf and said that the withered leaf is due to redistribution of nutrients to a new leaf that is in the early stages of growth. This made me think of paradigm shifts.

My plant with withered leaf(right) and new growth(left)

Pulling nutrients from a full grown, worn out leaf, the plant prioritizes the younger leaf for new growth.

In other words, one part of the plant has to die in order for another part for it to grow. 

Photo by Hưng Nguyễn Việt on Unsplash

In that moment I had an epiphany. One part of us has to die in order for another part to grow. Paradigm shifts are necessary in order for us to experience growth in all aspects of our lives.

Many of us hold onto old ways of doing things. Without considering a shift in paradigm, we end up stagnating as a whole.

I believe it was Albert Einstein that once said that the definition of insanity is doing the same things over and over again and expecting a different result.

This is how we humans operate. We operate out of a force of habit that becomes stagnation and void of any growth. 

We must take a birds eye view of our lives to realize when a part of us is withered, worn out and no longer viable. We need to realize that this is the prime opportunity to make a paradigm shift.

We must redirect the nutrients to another part of ourselves in order to encourage new growth and new opportunities in our lives. 

In this article, I’m going to talk extensively about paradigm shifts and why they are important. 


Before we go into paradigm shifts, what is a paradigm. Let’s take a look at Merriam-Webster’s dictionary for the definition. 

A paradigm is a pattern of thinking. Therefore, a paradigm shift is a shift in the patterns we use to apply to specific circumstances.

Let’s also take a look at the New Oxford American Dictionary:

A paradigm is not meant to be kept permanent. We must engage in period paradigm shifts in order to promote consistent growth.

What we can deduce from both of these definitions is that a paradigm is a “pattern.” It is a framework that may be used for many different applications. 

Paradigms exist in many different contexts but the context we are going to be speaking about here is the context of life, of personal development and how it relates to our growth in many facets of life….

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