How to Work on Your Limiting Beliefs

Each of us has our own personal hopes, aspirations, and dreams that we would like to achieve in our lives. Sadly many people fail to accomplish what they set out to do during their lifetimes.If we list them down, there are an infinite number of reasons for lack of success. However, the primary cause for being unsuccessful begins with a person’s mindset and the limiting beliefs present within our inner selves. 

The way someone thinks is paramount to how a person goes about living their lives. If your mind is filled with limiting beliefs and negative thoughts, you are most likely manifesting them into the outer world. Our minds are the most powerful tool that we can ever possess. If you keep feeding it with negative thoughts and emotions, then simply put, it will become accustomed to this sort of programming. As a result, it will automatically function to seek out negative outcomes. 

Conversely people who perpetually imbue their thoughts and emotions with an aim towards positivity are more likely to attain positive results. I’m sure you have encountered both types of people from opposite ends of the spectrum. There are people who have seemingly been born with “everything they could ever want in life” and people who came into this world with “everything going against them”. Of course, there are those who lean towards one side more than the other.  At the end of the day however, the attitude towards limiting beliefs is what ultimately sets everyone apart. 

There is nothing abnormal about noticing the things that could go wrong in life. Seeking out the negative is a survival trait passed down to us by our prehistoric ancestors. I’m willing to bet that no single caveman ever came home thinking, “I’m glad I didn’t get eaten by a wild animal today,” especially if there are predominantly no such encounters on a day-to-day basis. But a single incident of near-death from a ferocious predator will surely become an ingrained memory.

As time went on this survival trait remained within us. Unfortunately as the world became more and more safer for us, with the absence of immediate threats such as being eaten by a wild animal, our lives paradoxically became more and more complicated as well. As a result, this evolutionary tool can become triggered by even the most innocuous and mundane things around us. Even with so much to live for, the human mind can treat negative things such as failure, shame, loneliness, etc. as a matter between life and death. 

This fear is what encourages the creation of limiting beliefs within our psyches. No matter what type of limiting belief you may have, there is typically a commonality that we all share. Limiting beliefs generally spring forth as the thought inside your head that screams “You are not enough!”

So what are the things that we can do in order to triumph against our limiting beliefs? The first thing you need to do is to be able to acknowledge their existence. You can do this by simply writing them down after deeply reflecting on your limiting beliefs. It may seem easy but this process will require a lot of honest introspection of ourselves, as well as a willingness to accept external output in order to properly be able to do so.  

There’s no need to fret though. As long as you are able to define even a single limiting belief, then that is enough. You shouldn’t rush or force this practice. If you are honest with yourself, then identifying other limiting beliefs will become easier the more you become accustomed to it. 

After honing in on your limiting beliefs, you need to assess what impact a particular limiting belief has on your life. For example, if your limiting belief is that you’re not capable of performing a certain task at your job, you need to evaluate its results. Perhaps you are failing to submit reports on time. Maybe you have developed a habit of deferring to someone else’s judgement instead of taking the initiative on even the most basic of tasks. These examples could result in getting fired, failing to get a raise or promotion, etc. 

The next step is being able to own up to your limiting beliefs. For every limiting belief that you are able to list down, it is up to you to think of ways on how you can overcome them. Jot down the necessary actions that you need to take that addresses a particular limiting belief. In this way, you begin to establish a cohesive plan towards conquering your limiting beliefs. This eliminates the fantasy that your limiting beliefs are coming from a realm that’s beyond your abilities. 

Remember the line from George Orwell’s classic novel 1984: “Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.” This piece of advice can be adapted to controlling your limiting beliefs. The only thing that we truly have control over though, is the present moment. But by taking control of the present, we are able to frame our past experiences in a better light. In doing so, we become equipped to take control of our future. 

The key to taking over our programmed limiting beliefs will always be rooted in the present. To do so, we need to draw memories from the past. Realizations from the past will allow us to have the correct insights and to input a new “program” into our minds during the present moment. As we choose to begin changing our limiting beliefs, we are actively shaping what the future has in store for us. 

So begin changing negative thoughts into positive ones at this very moment — so that you’ll be better equipped to do so for all moments thereafter. Negativity is a construct that’s nurtured inside our minds. If we continuously feed negativity, then it will inevitably continue to grow. There’s nothing wrong with you if you have negative thoughts inside your head, because negativity is a part of life. The choice to develop negativity however, is wholly dependent on you.   


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