Are Limiting Beliefs Holding You Back From Achieving Your Goals?
We all have beliefs at our core that determine how we view ourselves and others. And most of us have some sort of limiting beliefs that can hold us back.
Beliefs are incredibly powerful In fact, it’s our beliefs that determine how we see the world.
We’ve all heard the saying that Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it, right?
Our mindset is created by our beliefs, both positive ones and negative ones. And this determines our reality.
Everything in life, from how we see things, how we feel about them and how we react to them is determined by our subconscious belief system which is at the core of who we are.
Do you have limiting beliefs that are holding you back?
Every one of us has conscious or subconscious ideas that can become limiting beliefs that stop us from achieving our goals if we let them.
Sometimes these beliefs are instilled in us in childhood and sometimes we create them ourselves.
An example of a limiting belief that can get in your way of success is how you see yourself with money.
If you believe you will always struggle and always be poor, chances are you’ll set yourself up for failure.
Your limiting belief that you’re poor and that you always will be poor becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
The same can be said about anything negative in your life that limits you… whether it’s career, education, or personal such as being healthy and of normal weight.
If you see yourself a certain way, it can be hard to change that view and let go of that limiting belief.
There are eight telling phrases that point to a limiting belief:
1 – It’s hopeless
Anytime you use the word never is a clue that you’re focusing on a limiting belief.
For example: I’ll never have any money because you need money to make money.
2 – I’m helpless
When most people feel uneducated or helpless, they blame their circumstances instead of working to change them.
Saying, “I can’t manage my money because I don’t know how” sounds insightful, but the part that’s missing is the feeling of helplessness.
But all you really need to do is take a personal finance course or buy, read and practice the lessons in personal Finances for Dummies.
3 – It’s useless
The idea that nothing you do will make a difference is that you believe that any action you take won’t make a difference.
“It doesn’t matter if I work out an hour a day, I won’t lose weight anyway.”
How do you know? Have you tried to do anything for longer than a couple weeks?
4 – It’s the universe
Sometimes a limiting belief has to do with the idea that outside forces that you can’t control are at work keeping you down.
You can’t find a job or get clients because of Covid, the economy sucks, where you live is depressed, you don’t have the right clothing and so forth… but you do nothing in your power to change it because it’s destiny.
Everything happens for a reason type of thinking can be very limiting and make you feel powerless.
5 – I’m worthless
The idea that you’re not smart enough or good enough to do what you really want can be a very strong limiting belief system and seems to affect women more than men.
You feel you’re not pretty enough, smart enough, or good enough to have something, so you don’t take the steps to achieve it, because you don’t feel that you deserve it.
6 – It’s genetic
While there are certainly some instances where genetics play a huge role in a person’s life – I mean and this isn’t really genetics, but you could be born in the slums of India or New York City. So, then the options that are available to you are very different.
But the truth is that almost everything that is genetic can be fixed with the right mindset, training, exercise, and outlook.
You’re not stuck with your genetics, but if you think you are, you may not try any of the things to pull yourself out of the rut you’re stuck in.
7 – I’ll fail
The truth is the fear of failure is something most people have as a limiting belief.
“I’m a bad public speaker so if I do it, I’ll be judged, and I’ll fail anyway so why try,” is a common refrain.
But how can you set that belief in stone if you’ve not tried?
8 – I’m different
The limiting belief about being different is that different is necessarily bad.
You don’t want to be who you are because you’re different and you’ll be looked at as different by other people.
You’re afraid to be who you are.
But because of that you don’t even know who you are, and you’re too scared to find out due to fear of rejection and ending up alone.
And here’s the thing… we’re all different! That’s the point.
We should celebrate our differences! We really don’t want to be exactly like everybody else, right?
So, listen for these 8 key phrases. If you are hearing them, that’s a pretty good indication that you have a limiting belief that might be holding you back.
So, if you ever hear any of these phrases go through your head, try to disconnect from them, and turn them around to instead of Why Me? To Why Not Me?
Always ask Why Not Me?
Because the truth is, you’re not feeling anything different from anyone else who has made goals and achieved them.
The key is to figure out what it is that’s really holding you back, making sense of that fear that most likely isn’t true anyway, and doing it anyway!
The difference is in the doing, not the intelligence or talent.
Now I’d love to hear from you.
So what about you?
What kinds of things do you find holding you back?
What helps you figure out what is holding you back?
Please share your thoughts in the comments below.
I would love to hear your stories.
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