18 Jan Why are limiting beliefs holding you back?
Limiting beliefs are those thoughts which constrain you in some way. Beliefs that inhibit our thinking of what we’re truly capable of. Simply by believing them we restricting our potential inner brilliance, and will rarely (if ever) step outside of them. Put simply, they limit us!
These beliefs are formed through our early years. Our beliefs are formed from others reactions around us … our unconscious accepts everything until the age of 7… we are under hypnotic suggestion directly from our parents and their beliefs … they train us largely by using language such as;
We do something, something unexpected happens and we draw our conclusions from the results. For example, if I were to stick my finger on a hot stove I would know not to do it again. Similarly, if I was always the last to be picked for a team I would believe that I was no good at sport. In part, this is nature’s way of keeping us safe and out of harm’s way but it is also very limiting. If you don’t breakout of that belief, how do you know that you weren’t destined to be a future olympic Gold medallist?
I think this quote from Marianne Williamson sums it up brilliantly.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
Powerful stuff, hey?
The first step in finding out if limiting beliefs are holding you back is to identify them. Take a pen and a piece of paper. Write down the times when you believed you couldn’t do something but had a niggling voice in your head that said ‘But what if’? Now, take a look at the list and see if you can identify where this belief started, how it came to be, who said it to you or is it something you believe of yourself?
Some of the most common limiting beliefs are;
- I won’t be successful because I don’t deserve it
- I’ll never be rich because my parents weren’t
- I can’t start a business now because the economy is bad
- I’m not smart enough to be successful
Once you’ve created the list you now need to address each one in turn.
Work through them and leave a comment below if you have any major breakthroughs. In the next post we’ll look at how you can remove those limiting beliefs and go on to fulfill your true unlimited potential.
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