Creating New Horizons

In many ways, psychological treatment, coaching and business consulting is about working within a specific paradigm (or way of seeing the world). A paradigm is a lens you look through to help you make sense of reality. It helps you feel more confident when you are in uncertain environments or situations.

One paradigm in therapy is that being compassionate towards clients leads to better results (I agree). Another paradigm is that counseling is for sad and desperate people  who have no where else to turn. A third paradigm (my own) is that counselling is for the adventurous, and that it can be fun.

Some paradigms support us but others limit us.  ‘The world is flat’ was believed to be true until Christopher Columbus  proved it otherwise.

And though we need paradigms to help us make sense of the world, the minute we turn them into concrete truths we can become enslaved by them.

In business and in life we have to be careful not to close our eyes to new ideas that sail beyond our current horizon. Thought Science helps with this.

Thought Science is  done with individuals in my counselling and consulting practice to ensure that a fundamental way of thinking is not limiting their success. For example, ‘depression is curable’ is a paradigm I use. Another one is that ‘Adult ADHD is a result of an unbalanced lifestyle. It is not a disorder’. And a third paradigm is that: “You have to be happy to be successful at work.”

Whether or not you have a relationship, personal development or workplace issue, you want to make sure that you are not limiting yourself to what is possible first.

Instead, create a new paradigm that’s very optimistic. Challenge it. And see where it takes you.*

Thought Science Examples in Practice

On the Topic of Retirement:
“I’ve become very successful at my job, now I guess I’m supposed to retire and relax from now on.”

New Thought Science Paradigm
Keep working at the job you like for  only three days per work.  Start doing more work in the field of philanthropy and sharing your skills with others to make their lives better. Do more of what makes you happy & inspires you.

Small Business Owner Worry:
Currently we have been able to keep our heads low and big business organizations have not gone after our market share. Now they are noticing that their is a profit to be made by targeting our clients and we are worried that our company won’t survive.

New Thought Science Paradigm
“Bigger doesn’t necessary mean better or that they can service your customers more effectively than you.  In fact the opposite is more likely true. Don’t doubt what has lead you to success. Keep doing what you are doing but develop a deeper understanding of what has lead you to that success (e.g., excellent customer service, staff with big hearts who love what they do) and than put it into a clear business framework.”

On the Topic of Love
My parents never told me they loved me, and I feel exposed and overly vulnerable when I say it to my partner, so I don’t.

New Thought Science Paradigm
“Than tell your partner as much as possible how much you love her. Love is not about controlling yourself but simply about communicating how you feel at the time. If you love her and you feel it say it. Don’t worry about what it means or whether your parents did it, simply share. It’s an expression of how your feeling at the time. Think more about being authentic and truthful in the moment.”

*A new paradigm should always be more truthful and prove more valuable than the previous one.  (e.g. the world being round is a much more valuable idea than that of it being flat.)