Thursday, July 28, 2016

Winning the Inner Victory

The main theme of the Integrity Model is developing an inner moral compass and the strength that allows us to be "bigger" than the circumstances and challenges of our lives.
We don't see the world as it is; rather, we see what we look for.  What we look for is determined by our personal paradigm.  At any given time, we experience our lives from one of four paradigms below.  Each of the paradigms is qualitatively different.  As we shift from one paradigm to another, much of our experience also shifts:  our motivation, our willingness to take responsibility for ourselves, etc.  It is not "bad" to be in one paradigm and "good" to be in another.  They are all part of our human experience, and there are valuable lessons to learn in each.

We experience the world from 1 of 4 paradigms at any given time:   

  • Integrity: Doing what we Believe to be Right
    • conscious, accepting, responsible, trusting  
  • Achievement: Striving to Accumulate and Accomplish
    • goal-oriented, stressed, competitive, interdependent   
  • Duty: Desire to Please others
    • need approval, dependent, stereotypic thinking 
  • Fear: Immediate Gratification
    • reactive, inadequate, suspicious, need security        
As we move up the ladder from Fear to Duty to Achievement to Integrity, we are aligning our lives more and more with principles that lead to satisfaction and success.

We cannot solve our problems when living from the same paradigm that created them.  Seek first to change your paradigm, and you will be much more effective in meeting the challenges of your life.

Until next time...

Sheryl Tuchman, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

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