Self-Limiting Beliefs

One of the worst things that anyone can say to themselves is, “I don t make enough money.” These self-limiting beliefs are so common and deeply rooted that they have a way of perpetuating themselves over time and denying anyone new opportunities. They are limiting beliefs, yet so common. You feel them all the time, like a constant self-sabotaging filter. Here are some ways you can break out from this self-sabotaging pattern.

General Self-Limiting Beliefs: The first of the self-limiting beliefs is that you aren’t good enough, not pretty enough, not thin enough or pretty enough. Everyone has these sorts of beliefs. Most people continue to reinforce them and even benefit from them. You can do better than this though, which is why breaking out of them is so important. There are ways to improve yourself and grow in new ways, so don’t hang around and regret your past mistakes.

This one is a little easier to break out of and it usually comes as a result of living in a world where the majority believes that there is an answer to every question. There is a new belief out there and that is “I can do it.” Every question you have can be answered with, “I can do it.” Be sure to check this out when forming your new belief system and when you’re feeling overwhelmed by overwhelming emotions.

This one may be easier than the previous ones. When you have a new belief or idea and you’re having a hard time believing it, this is a perfect time to spread the word. Spread the news to friends and family who may not believe you. Then when you start to get discouraged because you’re not seeing results, tell yourself that you can do it. Use this belief as ammunition against whatever it is that’s holding you back. You’ll be amazed at how fast you begin to believe in yourself again and breaking your self-limiting beliefs is that much easier.

These are two of the most common limiting beliefs that we all have. The first one is the “I can” kind of thinking. The second is “I can’t.” Both of these thoughts are holding you back from reaching your full potential. Break through these mental walls by finding another way to look at things and you will see that you are actually capable of reaching great things.

Just as self-limiting beliefs are caused by your previous beliefs, the way you respond to a given situation is also based on what you believe about yourself. If you say that you are smart enough to handle whatever comes your way, you’ll always find yourself in a stressful situation because you’ve been thinking that you are stupid. In order to change these limiting beliefs, break out of the “I can’t” kind of mindset. Pretend that you are smart enough to handle any task that arises. This will help you get involved in things and take part in them instead of feeling like you’re being held back.

Sometimes it’s not so much what you know, but what you don’t know that’s holding you back. Everyone has parts of their life that they are really good at, and other parts where they are less good at. When you think that you are good at doing something, but you are not good at doing it, this is usually caused by self-limiting beliefs about yourself. Instead of thinking that you aren’t good at it, start recognizing yourself as being capable of it. Take small steps forward toward it until you reach a point where you can do it with minimal effort.

Changing your limiting beliefs is often difficult, but it’s something that you have to do. There is no reason to not take action. Even if you think that you are doing it slowly, this is only because you haven’t yet acted on your new beliefs. Remember that the old one was just a belief that was holding you back, and getting rid of that is a major step towards the life you deserve.