Two Interactive Mental Models1
– external to you; shared; a universally accepted model providing
the context for understanding and
decision making in a
– internal to you; individual; the way you think and what you
think about. "When new information is compatible with your knowledge
structures it is accepted, when it does not mesh with your
pre-conceived ideas or past experience it receives little
consideration, is distorted or ignored."
conducted by John Fabre, a French naturalist
processionary caterpillar is a type of caterpillar that blindly
follows the one in front of it. This explains the name processionary
The experiment consisted of several of these
caterpillars, a flowerpot filled to the rim with dirt, and pine needles. The
caterpillars formed a complete circle around the rim of the flowerpot, with
the first one touching the back of the last one. The pine needles, the food
of the processionary caterpillar, were placed in the center of the circle.
The caterpillars began their procession around
the flowerpot, one following the other in a circle. This went on hour after
hour, day after day, for an entire week. In the end, every one of the
caterpillars dropped dead of starvation.
The one thing that could have saved them was
only six inches away, but without purposeful thought or action, the
caterpillars continued with a habitual routine that eventually proved too
much to endure.
This is happening to people, too.
9 Signs of a
"Thinking Outside the Comfort Zone", Jerry Sentell
Motivation123, Jason Gracia
A paradigm is a system of thought based on a
central fundamental premise.
Paradigms underlie our understandings of the
physical sciences as well as the foundations on which virtually every other
significant factor of everyday life is based.
The Wheel of Life:
Eastern vs. Western View
Paradigms are central to human
They are learned, taught, passed on and often serve to define membership in
"The passing of paradigms within a society is, in effect
the process of acculturation and socialization. Paradigms influence how we
govern ourselves, how our public institutions are configured and operate,
our economic systems and institutions, the structures of our
and how we
manage people and other resources. Even though an individual can accept
and internalize a paradigm, the paradigm itself remains an external model."1
Crisis and Paradigm
"The future ain't
what it used to be." ~ Yogi Berra
Paradigms describe a basis for
anticipation of specific events; they
do not deal with values per se. When an existing paradigm no longer
adequately explains or predicts relevant phenomenon and no replacement has
been a paradigm crisis takes hold.
4 WHYs of True Success
To adopt a new paradigm you need to
open your mind and start
outside the box.
"The only way a paradigm crisis can be resolved
is by replacing an old, no longer adequate paradigm with a new and different
one that explains and predicts better than the original, a paradigm shift.
Paradigm shifts do not involve simply slight modifications to the existing
model. They instead replace and render the old model obsolete. says
Empower yourself to change
"Throughout history significant paradigm shifts
are almost always
at the fringes of a paradigm, not those with
a vested interest (intellectual, financial or otherwise) in maintaining the
current paradigm, regardless of its obvious shortcomings"1