Do you have a self-limiting belief that sabotages amazing ideas before even having a chance to start?
I know how it feels to accept defeat without even trying first. Or how bad it feels to continuously convince yourself that you are not worth it for something you’re wishing. You keep believing that your past mistakes will influence your future.
The feeling of complying with your old self-beliefs is suffocating. And, one time or another, you will realize how it is affecting your life- and never in a good way.
If you are tired of letting your thoughts or beliefs decide for your life, please keep reading.
What are limiting beliefs?
The words “limiting beliefs” themselves explain the meaning. This means that these beliefs restrict us from doing or pursuing something.
Common limiting beliefs
I will be tired of writing. I mean, typing if I will enumerate all beliefs we have out there. As this will vary from person to person, it is essential to have an inventory of what you fear most in life. Self-imposed beliefs could be something that stops you from taking action or what you keep saying to yourself or others about something you believe is lacking from you.
The following is not an exhaustive list but here are some common limiting beliefs, and you may identify some of them to yourself:
- I quit so easy on my goals
- I don’t deserve success
- I’m afraid of success
- I’m not worthy
- I’m not smart
- I should be thinner
- I’m so lazy
- I procrastinate a lot
- I don’t have time to do this or that
- I can’t wake up early
- I will fail because ____
- Rich people are bad
- I don’t want money
- I will not make enough money
- I always make mistakes
- My situation is hopeless
And the list went on and on. Do you identify your limiting beliefs here?
Why you need to let of limiting beliefs
Even if limiting beliefs can sometimes warn us from certain situations or alert us for possible danger, many of our imposed limiting beliefs are here to stop us from achieving our greatest potential.
Letting go of old beliefs is difficult, especially if you have already accepted these beliefs as your reality. If you keep holding on to all those beliefs, it all ends up being a self-fulfilling prophecy.
I am also battling with my limiting beliefs. So I want to tell you that my decision to let them go gives me more peace, happiness, and satisfaction in life.
Let me share with you some of my undesirable beliefs. One of my limiting beliefs is that- I brand myself as a quitter. For so many years, I believed it and saw proof that I’m indeed a quitter.
I thought I wanted to be a Certified Public Accountant, but I quit the review and the exam. I tried to stick with a goal, a hobby, or some work, but I quit. It’s been a while since I dream of having a blog, but I’m afraid that I’ll be impatient and, again, quit at it.
I stumbled upon the term limiting beliefs and realized that it is sabotaging my life.
Is it easy for me to let go of my belief that I’m a quitter? No, it’s not easy.
Every day, I have to remind myself why I want to blog. Every day I have to remind myself to keep going even if I’m far away from my goals.
I want to convince you to let go of your limiting beliefs because success, happiness, peace, and worthy adventures are on the other side of it.
If you are determined to work and achieve your goals, you should realize how important it is to let go of your limiting beliefs.
How to let go of self-limiting beliefs
Now the question is, how to let off these annoying self-limiting beliefs? You can download the free limiting beliefs worksheet below. But first, let me explain the three main essential things you should do let go of self-limiting beliefs.
Define your beliefs thru self-reflection
Self-reflection is a powerful tool to put yourself at an imaginary distance and analyze your whole life. Defining your limiting beliefs is about observing yourself and your reactions to certain situations where you are heavily affected by your old beliefs about yourself.
Self-reflection is the time to be aware of what kind of values, beliefs, or instances affect your life and cause you fear and uneasiness.
I shared my story, and I told you that one of my greatest limiting beliefs is that I’m a quitter. This particular limiting belief caused me to make past decisions out of fear and not out of hope.
Can you remember situations in your life where you heavily judged a present moment or a future based on your beliefs brought about by past circumstances?
Understand the root cause/s of your limiting beliefs
Now that we have a clarity of our limiting beliefs, it is now time to get to know more about it. We need to understand what caused us to have these beliefs in the first place.
If you use my experience, I believe that I’m a quitter result from my past action. These are actions that I keep on repeating until I embraced them entirely as part of my identity.
Think of your beliefs and think about where they originated. Is it the result of your habits, wrong decisions, based on other people’s mistakes, or is it baseless and just a thought?
Challenge your self-limiting beliefs
To challenge your beliefs is where the real action starts!
Using my story, I challenge my limiting beliefs by proving to myself that I can stay consistent and inspired towards something that I want.
We can learn from my story that we need a firm decision that will allow us the chance to let go of old beliefs. Some beliefs can be conquered by taking consistent actions.
We need to use our past mistakes to make better decisions now. And we need to taunt our beliefs and tell them, “See, I told you. I can do it,” by proving that we can go against those self-imposed limitations.
It is also worthy to say that we need to adopt the growth mindset if we want to let go of limiting beliefs. And, we should use knowledge and learning to our advantage.
We can let go of limiting beliefs by reframing your mind. We can successfully do it by replacing our old limiting beliefs with new beliefs that will help us have a positive outlook on life.
Try this exercise! Download this limiting beliefs worksheet
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A final thought on how to let go of limiting beliefs
Our situation now is the result of our decision and what we choose to confine ourselves to.
If we decide to do something about our limiting thoughts and make a mind-shift, we will end up achieving our greatest potential
Don’t let limiting beliefs mess with your dreams and your chance of having a great life. Let those limiting beliefs go and replace them with hopeful and inspired thoughts.
Don’t forget to download the worksheet above.
Till next time!