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“86″ your Filters

Several years ago I was introduced to the word paradigm and to the concept itself. It’s often considered an overused word which many avoid as a cliche, but I like it. To me, nothing fits the bill like paradigm when you want to describe the way each of us view our world.

Paradigms are mental filters we have created. And only information with which we have learned to be comfortable and successful is allowed to pass.

In Executive Thinking, Leslie Kossoff wrote

As humans, we are not limited to seeing things in one particular way. We choose to see things in a way that is most familiar to us.

What an unfortunate and limiting condition that is–to choose to only see the familiar. Do you do that? Do I? If we do, how hard does a new idea or concept have to work to crash through our filters? Too hard, I fear.

We are so proud of ourselves when we subscribe to a new way of thinking or behaving. How enlightened we are!

But how many less persistent, yet no less worthy and valuable ideas have we slammed the door on? That’s a troubling thought, isn’t it?! For years I didn’t like broccoli. Wouldn’t let it through my “vegetable filter.” Then one day, in a moment of temporary starvation, I ate some and found that my taste buds had evolved to where broccoli now was good. I had a new vegetable paradigm, and today, broccoli is my green vegetable of choice. Sadly, how many years of broccoli enjoyment did I miss?

Asparagus was next, then artichoke hearts. Can Brussels sprouts be far behind? My vegetable possibilities are now endless. (Except for cauliflower. Still working on that.)

Next time you are introduced to a new thought, idea, concept, paradigm, or vegetable, before you “86″ it, make sure that you aren’t looking through an old, worn, outdated filter. It might be holding you back.

A whole new world of delicious, low-hanging green things might be waiting for you just for the picking: the leafy kind, and the dead President kind. And all you have to do is “86″ your filters.

Hollandaise sauce, anyone?

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