The biggest problem with self-limiting beliefs is not the fear they cause but how we let them affect us. The most common self-limiting beliefs are: Self Limiting Beliefs are those core limiting beliefs in your mind that hold you back from reaching what you’re really capable of. They may be caused by the way society views success, or they might be the natural result of your personality type. Whatever the cause, it’s important to recognize them and deal with them so you can move on and reach your full potential.
To begin the process of removing self-limiting beliefs, you must identify the belief and begin to question it. First, answer the question, why is this belief true? It’s very important that you don’t just attack a belief because you think it might be true. Once you have identified the reason for a belief is holding you back, then you can take the necessary steps to remove it. You’ll need to replace the belief with a new one.
One of the most effective ways to replace self-limiting beliefs is through a little known method known as journaling. Journaling is basically writing down your thoughts and feelings on a daily basis. People have been journaling for centuries and it’s a great way to clear your mind and get in touch with your deeper values. Journaling helps you keep track of your progress and gives you a sense of control. If you’re having a hard time focusing or staying on task, you might want to start jotting down your thoughts and feelings.
Another way to remove self-limiting beliefs is through the process of re-patterning. This means you take what you learned in your previous belief and change it into a new belief. For example, if you learned that success is tied to money, you could change this into the belief that income is tied to happiness and contentment.
When you start to apply these new beliefs, you will need to monitor yourself closely. Keep an eye on how often you criticize yourself. If you constantly berate yourself for not being smart enough, or keep telling yourself you don’t have what it takes, then change those thoughts to something more positive. Instead of saying you don’t have what it takes to be a good leader, explain to yourself you would be good at being a leader. The key to success is believing in yourself, so if you don’t believe you have what it takes you’ll never be successful no matter what.
You can also use your journal to help you eliminate self-limiting beliefs by keeping a diary of your emotions. Your emotions are clues to your subconscious mind. Keeping a diary will help you to recognize when you are interpreting your world the wrong way and let you know. Once you recognize a negative thought or action, stop it immediately so you don’t continue to keep repeating it.
Another way to correct self-limiting beliefs is to change your language. If you tell yourself you don’t deserve a promotion or you think you are less qualified than your co-workers, you can begin to correct this message by using more positive words. Replace self-pity with self-love, instead of saying things like “I wish I was as qualified as everyone else” or “I wish I could do a better job.” This doesn’t mean you are superior to others, but rather that you will do your best and give it your all.
Changing your beliefs will not happen overnight, but over time they will begin to change. You won’t feel like a failure, you will start to feel like you are on target for success, and you will start to see the things you previously thought were impossible. Self-limiting beliefs aren’t something you have to live with forever, but rather something you can work on eliminating. Changing your outlook on life and the truth about yourself is an excellent first step, and once you have done this you can then begin to develop a more positive and effective way of thinking.