Overcoming self-limiting beliefs
Limiting beliefs can hold us back in life. Have you ever said things like “I don’t have time” or “Things just doesn’t work out for me” or “I’m not discipline enough to start something of my own!”
These are a few self-limiting beliefs and limits you put on your own self.
What are limiting beliefs?
Limiting beliefs are thoughts and opinions that one believes to be the absolute truth. They tend to have a negative impact on one's life by stopping them from moving forward and growing on a personal and professional level.
Limiting beliefs negatively affect you.
They keep you from growing, believing in new things, taking new opportunities, or reaching your goals.
Limiting beliefs are perceptions created out of fear that hold us back from happiness, health, love and success.
Ultimately, limiting beliefs keep you from feeling confident and creating your dream life.
When we do something and it does not work, we often justify our failures by making logical excuses for them that make us feel like we are not responsible.
- I don’t have the willpower
- I’m just not motivated
- I’m happy with how things are now
- I can’t do that
By doing this, we do not learn and may increasingly put ourselves into a box, limiting what we will think and do in the future.
Fear is the ultimate reason a lot of us put limits on ourselves. Limiting beliefs are fear driven. Fear is created by our egos as a survival mechanism. It serves us well, until we overuse it. We avoid taking risks, trying something new, and keep playing small.
Now...How to change your beliefs and stop limiting yourself
Accept exactly where you are so that you can move forward. Accepting the fact that you are putting limits on yourself is the first step to help you move forward. Think about the things you keep saying pertaining to not reaching your goal. Here are five affirmations to build self-belief..
1. I can overcome any obstacles
2. I make a difference by showing up everyday and doing my best
3. My actions are intentional and they bring me closer to my goals
4. I believe in my skills and abilities
5. I am unique and that’s my gift to the world
Change your mindset. Create new thoughts and beliefs for yourself. Realize your limiting belief is no longer serving you and commit to a new thought. Decide what the best version of yourself is like. Create small and large goals for how your dream self wants to live, think, and act.
Then do what you need to close the gap between where you are and where you want to be.
Practice believing in your new thoughts. Practice, Practice, Practice!