Self limiting beliefs about yourself start to become a habit when you grow up. Once you have developed them, they are very hard to rid yourself of. Unfortunately, most people believe these self-limiting beliefs to be true. They hold you back from success and potential.
There are two types of self-limiting beliefs. First is the belief that something cannot be changed and second is the belief that if something can’t be changed it is doomed to fail. It’s important to realize that you are the master of your destiny and that any limiting beliefs that you hold can be broken. Develop new beliefs that support and are in alignment with your true self.
General Self Limiting Beliefs About Yourself: First, you must work very hard (sometimes too hard) to be smart enough/smart enough to succeed. Poor people aren’t smart enough/smart enough to succeed. Rich people aren’t smart enough to succeed. Money always causes arguments about smart enough/smart enough.
Second, you have a new belief that you are unable to change who you are. If you’ve held these self-limiting beliefs, then getting rid of them is the easy part. Replace them with a new belief that says, “I’m born a certain way, I’m not going to change that.” Replace these old limiting beliefs with a new belief that says, “I’m intelligent, I’m born with a gift, I can do amazing things, and I will succeed.”
Self Limiting Beliefs About Your Environment: When you feel an overwhelming emotion like fear, you often respond by staying home, closing your doors, turning the thermostat up, closing your windows, and so on. Yet, this actually causes you to create more problems for yourself. When you avoid thinking about your environment, you create a mental vacuum that’s filled with the negative thoughts of fear, sadness, and anxiety. You then feel even more overwhelmed and depressed.
The solution is to make changes so that you no longer feel like running away from yourself or from other people. Instead, you want to learn to welcome the opportunities that come to you. In order to change your self-limiting beliefs, you must be willing to look at the opposite way. This will require that you take a closer look at what you believe about the world around you. For example, if you believe that the world is full of fear and suffering, you may quickly decide that you don’t want to be in that environment anymore.
Self-Limiting Beliefs: You also have self-limiting beliefs about your health, your weight, your looks, and other areas. Once you get clear about what you don’t want to do or what you believe makes you not happy, you can begin working towards changing those limiting beliefs. Start by writing down the reasons that you have for whatever belief that you have. Then look at those same reasons and try to eliminate them as much as possible. As you do this, you will begin to see more clearly and you will feel better about yourself.
Self-limiting beliefs are the result of the subconscious mind being given specific instructions. For example, if you are fearful of looking thinner, you may easily conclude that you need to exercise more. However, when you actually begin exercising, you soon discover that you aren’t losing any fat, but you have simply strengthened the muscles that you are using to be in the slender figure. By making the decision to take control of your self-limiting beliefs, you will be able to enjoy your life more than ever before.