I have had to deal with several Paradigm’s thought out my personal life and professional career. As with most things in life you are always better prepared to deal with the event after the fact.

Firstly, I’d like to give you a metaphorical understanding of what a paradigm is. Think of your mind like a sponge and all the information in the world is grime and dirt being continually being absorbed and eventually washed away. Though, there is a part of this sponge in the centre where it is hard for the dirt and grime to escape. The centre of this sponge is your paradigm. The point here is that for you to shift your paradigm, you need to work hard to remove the dirt.

Furthermore, you should take into consideration that your paradigm doesn’t need to be shifted. You need to thoroughly evaluate what your paradigm is and whether or not it is impacting your life positively or negatively.

Your lifestyle is usually dependent on your career. Thus, your paradigm should coincide with your job. When you wake up to go to work, you may feel a sense of lax, like you’re repeating days over and over again. If this is how you wake up, maybe you should consider a career shift. This doesn’t mean leaving your place of work… it could entail you moving departments or working on another project that you feel passionate about.

But when you feel like just moving departments would not be enough to give you a sense of purpose in life, you should consider a more drastic career shift.

You may face a fork in the road, so seek guidance from those whom you know well and believe they will be brutally honest with you.

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Evaluate yourself

When considering a career shift, you must take a step back and look at yourself in the world on a holistic level. The first step is to look at yourself in the mirror – look at yourself. Try and notice what makes you unique in the world. This will give you an enlightened outlook on your individuality. The second step would be to think profoundly and even write about every milestone in your life, no matter its significance. When recollecting these events, try and gauge an understanding of how this has shaped you into the person you are. This will help you to recognise what your passionate about and why. The last step for evaluating yourself is to look at your morals and ethics. Are your moralistic attributes being met within your current career?

Evaluate your situation

After evaluating yourself, you need to assess your current situation. This may include where you live, your earnings from work, your relationships, your responsibilities, and most importantly, your mental health. Look at these aspects individually and make a pros and cons list of how they will all be impacted if you were to pursue a career shift.

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Here are some questions to consider when making this list:

Will your new career possibly require you to move far away to a place you are unfamiliar with? Will you be making more or less money from your new job, and does that even matter? Will this new career benefit your relationships such as partners, friends, and family? Do you have any responsibilities such as caring for a disadvantaged loved-one? And the hardest question to answer; will this career shift be sustainable for the longevity of your mental health. This question should be considered last as you will need to think about the other aspects of your situation first.

Why shift your paradigm?

Like previously mentioned, your paradigm is hard to change. To do so, you must work hard at it and also consider whether or not it needs replacing. You should try and evaluate your current paradigm and understand how it has been created. Are you easily impressionable and open-minded, or are you stubborn and close-minded? In most cases, you’re going to be closed-minded. Close-mindedness will make you comfortable in your situation. Now, this may sound good, but this will not allow you to further your growth and consequently limit your potential. Think about it like this; your paradigm is your perspective; it’s your map of the world. When you use a GPS, you can follow the route carefully and arrive at your destination, but that’s all you’ll ever do. What I’m saying is that you should try and zoom out of the map and look at other streets and roads that you can take. This will allow you to see more than just the destinations, but what surrounds it.

Stay open-minded and optimistic about change. I’m not saying that you should quit your job and run away to the Bahamas, I’m only telling you to try and understand yourself in the world and move forward from there.

It’s good to challenge yourself, to move forward and adapt to new situations (even careers) but you should consider the possible implications that may arise from your new position – are they all good, too good, bad, or too bad?

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