Have you ever said to or about yourself “I’m not good at math”, “I’m not smart enough”, “I can’t go back to school”, “I am terrible with saving money”, or “I have no coordination”? These are examples of limiting beliefs that falsely define you and the only reason they exist is because you believe them. It is a state of mind, conviction, or belief that you think to be true that limits you in some way. This limiting belief could be about you, your interactions with other people, or with the world and how it works.
Limiting beliefs can keep you from making good choices, taking new opportunities, or reaching your potential. There are a few sources of how these beliefs developed.
- Family Beliefs: What career paths you should take, how to behave, and how to engage with others. For example, being a writer is not a lucrative or respectable career.
- Education: Whether you’re learning from family, teachers, or friends, they all have an impact on what you adopt as truth. For example, you should never challenge authority.
- Experiences: It is common to draw conclusions following your decisions and experiences in life. For example, if you fall in love and it ends in heartbreak, you might conclude that love always ends in pain.
Identifying limiting beliefs requires some personal reflection and you may not realize something is limiting because you believe it so deeply. Here are a couple ways to begin your investigation.
- Become Aware of Them
- Investigate Where They Came From
- Are They Serving You or Holding You Back
- Reframe and Build New Beliefs
- Be Relentless and Keep At It
You are an amazing light and presence in this life. You deserve to feel free in your mind and energy. Break free from the limitations and feel the expansion of your life.