One of the greatest challenges standing in the way of success is the limiting belief. A limiting belief is something you believe about yourself or the world that hold you back from moving forward and achieving your goals or ideas. For example:
- I cannot run a half marathon by July. There is no way.
- I don’t believe my vote can make a difference.
- I don’t have the personality to be a public speaker.
- I can’t pursue my passion because I’m not experienced enough.
- I won’t be able to start a business.
- I’m too young/too old.
These beliefs, and others, can hold you back from embracing your life and pursuing the goals that would make your life more fulfilling. These beliefs can develop for any number of reasons – it may be because you have a fear of the unknown, or they were brought on by your family/religious practices, or they were simply the result of trying a few times and failing.
Nevertheless, limiting beliefs are always problematic, which is why it is important to try to get rid of limited beliefs – especially when you feel stuck in life.
How to Get Rid of Your Limiting Beliefs
Become Aware of Them
Before you can start addressing your limiting beliefs, you have to be aware of them. This is why it often helps to speak with a life coach. Awareness of limiting beliefs is one of the most important tools for addressing them, because if you’re not aware you have the belief it is much harder to make changes.
Examine the Source
Once you’ve determined you may have a limiting belief, the next step is to uncover its cause. Why do you have that belief? Where did you learn it? What happened in your past that made you feel as though you are held back? Once you examine the source, you’ll already start to realize how important it is to remove it.
Ask “What Would I Need to Do?”
If you find that you have a limiting belief that is holding you back, change it to a question. For example “I don’t think I can run a half marathon” becomes “What would I need to do that I can do right now to help me run a half marathon?” Reframing it into a question allows you to brainstorm what you can do to see a breakdown of these limiting beliefs.
What Would I Consider Good Enough?
When limiting beliefs are based on something that has the potential to be realistic, try to figure out what moderate gains you can have. Using the same marathon example, perhaps you cannot run a half marathon in a few months. But what else could you do to see success in that area? What if you can improve your half marathon time by 20 minutes, or what if you can run a 5k that you couldn’t run before? When a limit is somewhat imposed on you, try to imagine what you can do to start chipping away at the issue.
Another highly effective way to overcome a limiting belief is to visualize yourself removing it. Close your eyes and imagine yourself without the limiting belief. What would you do? What would your life be like? What challenges would you face and how would you overcome them? Start to picture yourself without this belief, and you’ll soon feel it melt away.
Overcome Limiting Beliefs
There is no denying that limiting beliefs can hold you back from achieving your dreams, goals, and the life that you want. Luckily, there are ways that you can eliminate those beliefs and stop letting them hold yourself back. If you’re ready to work through your limiting beliefs, contact me today at 1-800-937-2029.