Limiting beliefs are those beliefs about ourselves that limit our abilities. They are just assumptions about reality and they are not true. They seem true because we have decided they are.
Some examples of limiting beliefs are:
“I am not good enough”
“I can never be successful”
“Noone likes me”
These limiting beliefs hold us back from success, happiness and achieving our true potential.
Most limiting beliefs are formed unconsciously. When we are young, we believe what our parents and teachers say to us. If we are constantly told that we are not good enough, we believe that and it becomes a reality for us.
The good news is that limiting beliefs can be replaced with empowering ones. If you have a limiting belief that is holding you back, write it down and answer the following questions:
1. Who gave me this belief?
2. How do I feel about the person that gave me this belief? Do I respect them? Are/were they always right? What is their history?
3. What is this belief costing me on a daily basis?
4. What will holding this belief mean for me in the long term?
5. How will my life be different if I let go of this belief?
Now write an opposite belief to the one you hold and look for evidence to support your new belief. If you cannot find any evidence at all, ask your partner, friends, children, or anyone else you know and trust. If you have a coach or a mentor, ask them. You will find the evidence and you will believe it because you now have the evidence.
Start living your life with this new belief. Do things that will make you feel more confident and proud of yourself. Keep a journal and record your success.