Change your paradigm


INVESTING towards your head is more important than any other investment a person would make in their life time. Most people are much concerned about their looks, make-ups, material possessions and their outside pulchritude in general.

By Jonah Nyoni

There is no problem in that, but remember minds count the most. Companies are also not exempted from this thought line, they have done all there is to do, but have forgotten their employees’ need of mindset expansion. As anyone would plan for their daily upkeep, every individual should have a personal growth programme and so do corporations.

If any one was to achieve any substantial success and significant results, they should simply change their paradigm. Some people are already saying; Jonah, is it that easy? I have tried everything in my ability, but I found myself kissing the dust! Spare me your time. This could be the code you needed to unlock greatness in you.

Bob Proctor, speaking at a recent VEMMA Convention 2013, said that our paradigm “is the mental programme that has almost exclusive control over our habitual behavior . . . and almost all our behaviour is habitual”. In simplified terms a paradigm is like the software programme that controls your behavior and habits that will then lead to specific results.

In order to shape your future you have to change your paradigm. This is all hinged in your own choices.

In most cases, choice and not chance determines success. Success is a process and not an event. Success is a series of choices that we select to act upon daily.

What we see on the podium as results is what we practiced in our everyday routine. We make choices in our everyday lives. Life is not essentially controlled by what happens to us, but what happens inside us – in the paradigm.

Some people attribute their failures to other people, the economic downfall and the bad weather.

In most cases you will only discover that about 90 % of our results come from our thought pattern or outlook. That is true, be it in sales, marketing, business and personal success. I repeat this as a rephrase: Life is not regulated by what happens to us but by what happens in us.

We can choose to work now and be paid later or play now and pay later. That’s choice! We choose our friends and some people have said association determines assimilation or who you stick with has a major input in shaping your paradigm. Choose your friends well! We chose who to marry. Make your best choice! In my quest for success, I have found six important factors about choices that have been instrumental in shifting my paradigm:


  • Success is a matter of choice not just some mere coincidence
  • Your life today is a sum total of choices you made yesterday. If you have had a maze of failures, review your choices and thoughts
  • Your choices are the major determinants of who you eventually become in the future. You cannot harbour thoughts of poverty and expect to be rich. You can’t birth anything else other than what you are pregnant with
  • Most great people that choose to succeed have a positive psychology towards success despite the dark valleys of setbacks in their pursuit of greatness
  • What you have in your mind determines your world-view and your choices. Visualise your wealth or success in your mind even before you can have that in a tangible form
  • Have a daily personal growth programme which will help you develop your perception, persona and your God-given purpose.

You can’t climb a ladder with your hands in your pocket. Chose to work and walk towards your destiny.
Moreover, work on the positive development of your paradigm. Being born poor is not so much of a question because it’s not by choice, but the most important factor is the legacy that you leave behind when you are long gone because of choices you made while alive.
Parting Point: The Success author James Allen once said: “All that a man achieves and all that he fails to achieve is the direct result of his own thoughts.”
Clearly, all the best results we can achieve and possibly leave for other generations to come are never accidental, but are created, coined and crafted in our cognitive sphere.
If we shift our paradigms, success is certain! Choose to succeed and see yourself on the crest!

 Jonah Nyoni is an author, success coach and motivational speaker.
Tel: 0772 581 918.