Here’s the deal, you can’t create self-limiting beliefs, they are already there! They have been trained into you over the course of your life. They are very real and are extremely hard to eradicate once they are firmly implanted. I am going to go through a few of them here and explain what they do to you.
General Self-Limiting Beliefs: All self-limiting beliefs fall under the umbrella of “I can’t do that”. Thinking that you can’t achieve your goal. Overoptimization. Oversimplification. Jumping to wrong conclusions.
The first one I want to go through is the old belief, “You can’t have that”. This one is self-limiting because it prevents you from taking action by blocking you from building on the new belief you desire. When you say something like “You can’t have that job” you are preventing yourself from creating a new belief, “I can have that job”. So instead you will think about what you can do, something that will help you get the job and then say the word “get” and you will be moving closer to achieving your new goal.
Now on to the next type of self-limiting beliefs, they are called “I’m not good enough”. If you are saying this often and feel like it’s holding you back, it’s time to make a change. You might be saying this to yourself all the time and keeping you from getting the result you want. Just remember that all you have to do is change what you tell yourself and change it to: “I’m a good enough person”. Follow this up with “and I’m going to become a really good person”. This will keep us from saying those silly things that we say to ourselves all the time.
Then you want to find something else to replace your self-limiting beliefs. One good thing to try is: “hope”, “confidence”, or “hope that my new beliefs will work”. We all know how strong that hope can be when it comes to changing our beliefs and behaviors. Once you replace that belief with “I am a great person” you will start to see your belief system starting to shift. When you are able to change just one thing, it can be very powerful.
Another thing to do is: Keep a daily journal where you write down what you did today in the form of a new belief or behavior. For example, if you are saying you’re not smart enough to start your own business, write down: I’m not stupid enough to start my own business. Write this over again until it becomes a habitual thought. Then use that same journal every day to remind yourself that you CAN achieve anything you desire. By doing these simple things, you can create a new set of self-limiting beliefs and behaviors.