Self-limiting beliefs are false beliefs that one thinks is the truth. In most instances, self-limiting beliefs are unconscious, unwanted, and often times, unconscious beliefs that serve only as a protection mechanism against potential lower or negative vibrating feelings (e.g., anger, frustration, sadness). They are your mind’s way of shielding you from feeling too much, not enough or not in control.
One of the most common limiting beliefs is that we should not do what we feel uncomfortable doing. You may hold this false belief to the point where you are convinced it is your truth. When you know you are holding a limiting belief, you often times will try to convince yourself it no longer holds true. Your mind will play on the thought process and convince you that what you are currently doing is no longer OK. This is your mind by protecting you from feeling uncomfortable.
It is important to know that your body, feelings and emotions have a great deal to do with how you perceive the world. If you are feeling angry about something, it is your emotions that make you feel that way. If you are worried about your job, it is your thoughts and feelings that guide your actions towards that goal. Thoughts and feelings are very powerful. It is up to you to choose what you allow your mind and emotions to focus on.
One of the best things you can do to protect yourself from limiting beliefs is to get rid of them. You need to eliminate every thought, feeling and emotion that serve as protection from changing careers and moving forward into a new area of focus. Many people are so close to allowing these limiting beliefs to control them that they become stuck in their comfort zone, unable to move out of that comfort zone. They have become immobilized by their own beliefs. This is not who we are. We are individuals with unique traits and individual styles.
When you find yourself holding yourself back, it is time to take a look at your beliefs and determine if you are guilty of holding yourself back or not. There are many ways to figure out if you are guilty of limiting beliefs. One of the easiest ways to find out about your beliefs is to ask questions of those close to you. For example, if you are a woman, ask the opinions of other women.
You can also use a little bit of common sense when you are evaluating your limiting beliefs. Perhaps, you hold yourself back because you believe that you will be unlovable if you make a change in your career or in the direction you are leading. You can find out quickly that this is simply not true and you will be able to step forward and become fully viable to attract great things into your life. This is one of the steps that you will need to take if you want to take your limitations off your back.
The next thing you will want to do is learn how to listen to your mind. If you are a person who finds it very difficult to listen to your own thoughts and ideas, you may want to start working on this skill as well. One of the biggest limiting beliefs that you hold is that you won’t be successful in whatever it is you are working on. Listen to yourself and ask, “What do I really think I am capable of?” You will quickly begin to see that you have a lot more than you think you have. Once you have this knowledge, you can apply it in all of your interactions with others and you will find that you will succeed much more rapidly than you ever thought possible.
Last but certainly not least, it is important to work on changing your beliefs. If you are one who holds self-doubt, limiting beliefs, or other negative thoughts day in and day out, it will be very important for you to take some time and make some serious soul searching. You may find that you have been wrong about things before and that you were either deluded or misinformed. Working on your self-doubt and making some serious introspection will be one of the best ways to overcome all of the challenges that you are likely to face when it comes to success. Once you have accomplished this, it will be easier for you to achieve the success that you really desire.