What kind of excuses do you give yourself that are limiting you in what you desire to become or where you wish to be? What are Limiting Beliefs? Limiting Beliefs are misleading thoughts, attitudes, and behaviors that one feels is the truth. Many times we let our minds wander to what we think others expect of us. Whether it is our appearance talent, or abilities, our thoughts create a pattern of what we think others expect of us.
Many people suffer with self-limiting beliefs about themselves. Perhaps they feel they do not measure up, are unattractive, ugly, or do not have the right skills. Or they believe they have been called, talked to, or chosen at birth and this has harmed them. These self-limiting beliefs do not allow them to explore their full potential or to achieve the things they desire. Let’s explore some self-limiting beliefs:
The most common and self-reinforcing limiting beliefs we have are: We don’t measure up, we’re stupid, we can’t do anything right, we aren’t good enough, we are in this situation because of circumstances in our childhood, etc. This sort of thinking can actually create neurological pathways in our brains that block our bodies from achieving goals and desires. The limiting beliefs we hold in our minds then become a sort of crutch or a defense mechanism for our experiences. In order to change these neurological pathways, we must find the correct beliefs and eliminate the self-limiting ones. It will take some work and time, but we can reclaim our power.
Our limiting beliefs and thoughts are very much like the air we breathe. Just as we experience negative thoughts and emotions, negative reactions from other people also result from our own thoughts and emotions. If we think negatively, we’ll develop negative thoughts and if we react with anger, we’ll create more anger. We must learn to change the way we mentally interpret events, particularly when it comes to other people and situations. We must change the way we “think” about them.
The first step toward changing your limiting beliefs is to identify them for what they are and figure out what you can do about them. The next step is to figure out how you’ll go about changing your core beliefs. Once you know what you need to do, you can take action on your plan to change the beliefs that lie underneath them. This involves more analysis, more focus, and more effort. However, it’s all worth it in the end because once you realize that your core beliefs are nothing more than false beliefs, you’ll be free and clear.
There are many ways to help you break free from limiting beliefs, especially if you are willing to put in the effort. Many people find that a self-help program is the best route for them. Others find that speaking with a trusted counselor or mentor is their best option. If you find that you’re unwilling to make the effort to change your limiting beliefs on your own, there are also many ways to get started. You can always enlist the help of professionals, read books, and attend seminars. No matter which route you take, though, you can make a big difference in your life by getting rid of that invisible force that’s hurting you.