Self limiting beliefs creep up on us sometimes; they surface in many ways. Even when consciously think of empowering beliefs, a self limiting belief can tend to rear its ugly head at just the wrong time and stop in its tracks or render things seem more difficult than they really are. When this happens, it’s usually too late to do anything about it. But this doesn’t mean that you should give up or lose hope: It’s entirely possible to change your self-limiting beliefs and put yourself in the driver’s seat.
Your self-limiting beliefs are those that tell you that you can’t do something because of what people will think or say or even that you don’t deserve it or aren’t good enough. They can be subconsciously engraved deep within your subconscious mind, where they control everything about your life from the decision to eat to whether you believe you deserve a promotion at your job. You might experience these limiting beliefs as a single event, but the truth is that they can accumulate over time and ultimately be very meaningful to you in terms of how you feel about yourself. This is why it’s important to have them checked out to see if they’re valid – if they are, then it’s likely time for you to work through them and deal with them. If not, you may be dealing with an overwhelming emotion that may make things seem impossible to change.
Self-limiting beliefs, unfortunately, are quite common and come in a wide variety of different forms. One of the most common is the belief that you aren’t good enough. This might be from a childhood conditioning that tells you that no matter how hard you try, you’ll never measure up to someone else. This is a very common belief and one that is particularly damaging to women.
The way to handle self-limiting beliefs is to find a new belief and replace it with a more positive one. In order to do this, you first need to understand what is preventing you from improving yourself, and this involves taking a look at the beliefs you have about yourself and your ability to do things effectively. A good starting point is to look at your negative beliefs about yourself, and once you’ve done this, take a look at all of the new beliefs you can find to replace them.
Self limiting beliefs often involve the way you define success. Instead of viewing yourself as someone who strives to get a number of A’s, set yourself up as someone who achieves a high number of B’s. Make a list of all the things you think you are good at and then ask yourself: “What is it that other people are good at?” The difference between these two beliefs is that with the second one, you are consciously choosing to see the good in others instead of just automatically assuming they have it. Once you have replaced your old self-defeating beliefs with new empowering beliefs, it will be easier for you to overcome whatever obstacles you face in life. Remember that you don’t have to do this all at once, and eventually you will reach a point where you can do it on your own.
Overcoming self limiting beliefs is about taking the right approach to the way you think and look at things. If you want to start out in an inspiring place, try replacing all of your negative self-defeating beliefs with positive ones. Start by identifying what it is that stops you from doing what you want in life, and choose a belief that will help you to rise above that block. As you work on it, you’ll soon notice that your path in life starts to become more like the path in the sky, instead of the path you used to take. Over time, your old beliefs about yourself and your abilities will start to fall apart, and you’ll find that you can easily make the changes you need to reach your goals.