If you didn’t already know this, your thought patterns and beliefs that you have the power to influence you. It plays on the way you think, act and even make decisions. I seriously wish that we could only carry around positive beliefs about ourselves and everything around us. But that’s just not the case. Those negative beliefs, or limiting beliefs, play a huge role in you taking action towards your dreams.
What are limiting beliefs?
In the world of psychology, these negative beliefs I was talking about are called limiting beliefs. There are plenty of articles explaining what exactly these beliefs are on the internet. I like to explain it is that we believe something based on how we interpreted specific life experiences and the emotions we felt because of that experience. Limiting beliefs are super individualized to who you are.
Here’s the problem. Sometime’s you know your limiting beliefs can do something about it if you want. But then there are times that you didn’t know you even had beliefs about the topic until you face them. I think it’s those times that you think about pushing yourself out of your comfort zone, to do something that feels hard for you, is when you get bombarded with a ton of fear and these beliefs.
My own limiting beliefs
As I’ve gone on this journey of trying to figure out what I want to do with my life, I’ve found limiting beliefs. For me, I believe that I am mediocre at everything that I try, and not good at anything. This leads me to think that I can’t create a successful, thriving business because I’m not good at business. I don’t have any business background and it’s not like I even have tried. But because I’m can’t be good at it according to my belief, I tell myself it won’t happen.
This makes it hard for me to want to give it my all, to try my hardest. Even if I may fail. My brain tells me what’s the point in even trying? I’m not good enough anyway so I should just stick to the things that I already know. Does anyone catch the perfectionist thought process in that reasoning? Yeah, I struggle with the not good enough syndrome.
Do limiting beliefs go away?
Truthfully, I don’t know if these limiting beliefs completely go away. Or maybe you just get better and better at acknowledging them but moving on and not letting you hold back. I don’t know. I’m at the point in my life where I’m working on all these different beliefs as I choose daily to work towards making our goals a reality.
It’s important to work through these limiting beliefs if they are holding you back from what you desire. The mind is a powerful thing, and I know it’s capable of changing the thought patterns you have. It does take work. It won’t come naturally or easily. As we live in a time where we tend to cop out when things get tough, I think it’s even more important for us to work through these things to prove to ourselves that we can do things we set out to do.
The power to change….
And if you don’t believe me when I tell you that you do have the capability and power to change, here’s a quote that I love from Tony Robbins. It goes
“ Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy. Human beings have the awesome ability to take any experience of their lives and create a meaning that disempowers them or one that can literally save their lives.”
I’ve come to notice as I dive deeper into learning more about the liming beliefs that I do have is that they are directly related to my confidence level. And ultimately lead to self-doubt. For most of us, our self-confidence level fluctuates on us how good enough we feel about our selves. Or how capable we feel. But most of us tend to struggle with not feeling good enough. We don’t believe that we have what it takes to make things happen.
Those feelings of not good enough, strong enough or whatever enough you tend to carry, those beliefs that limit your potential is sabotaging your ability to prove yourself wrong. It prevents you to push yourself just a bit to do something our of your comfort zone. To face fears. Or to work towards the goals that feel impossible that you really wish it could be possible.
I’ve heard multiple people talk about how we are the ones that hold ourselves back. I truly think this is because we let our limiting beliefs, as well as fears, guide us on our journey. That needs to change. Fears and beliefs will always be there. They may change over time but they don’t go away. Because of this, we should learn how to move forward with those things instead of going around in circles and finding ourselves back at the place we started over and over again.