” I am a loser”,” I am a failure” or” I can’t succeed”. These are examples of Limiting Beliefs that a person acquires as a result of making an incorrect conclusions about something in life, throughout their lives. A person could acquire a limiting belief about his ability to succeed as soon as he fails.
We are creatures of habit who are often easily influenced by our own minds. Our world is built on expectations. Sadly many of us don’t expect much for ourselves and wind up living much smaller lives than the potential we have. Limiting beliefs can seriously hold us back in life.
Most of the time limiting beliefs are invisible to us. Often, when you are aspiring to a new dream, or a new idea, the initial thought is one of hope, but the hope is quickly overtaken by doubtful reactions and questions: “I don’t have the right to experience the success, talents, connections” etc., basically justifying inaction and thus feeling helpless.
Limiting beliefs weaken one’s self esteem. Some of the most common limiting beliefs that can inhibit your potential for happiness and lower your self esteem are , “people are either good or bad”, “believing in myself requires me to block out others opinions”, “I have to feel whatever my thoughts tell me to”, “the worst things always happen to me” . We must learn to look for a silver lining in our difficulties.
We were all born equal, but where we are in life now is of our own making. Reality is a projection of your thoughts or the things you constantly think about. The belief starts off as a single thought, in reaction to a certain event or circumstance, or what your parent or society in general, may have told you. In other words your limiting beliefs are a learned thought pattern and so you are able to reprogram your thoughts to overcome them.
Changing a belief can be as simple as turning off the doubtful voice, and holding strong to your source of inspiration. Be yourself, as no one else can. Start with big dreams and make life worth living. Unless you know where you are going, you will not know how to get there. The true test of strength is how many times you will try before you give up. This seems only as hard as you think. Psychiatrist and life coaches have successfully helped thousands of people to completely change the way they think and feel about themselves and alter their internal belief systems to ones of Health, Happiness and Success.
While beliefs are really just beliefs, you should be careful not to underestimate their power. Since all beliefs belong to your sub-conscious mind, their mental influence may not be obvious at the conscious level. But their negative impact on the outcome you want to achieve is certainly significant. Most beliefs are executed automatically by the subconscious mind with no need for conscious thought. Constant reprimand in childhood could hinder one with the limiting belief that one does not deserve and are no good! It is up to you to become conscious of your limiting beliefs and learn to overcome them.
To overcome the negative beliefs, you must first acknowledge them and accept them for what they are. Developing a positive mindset is fundamental to overcoming limiting beliefs and creating that life you dream of and plan for yourself.
There are several techniques that you can use for overcoming limiting beliefs and replacing them with positive equivalents that serve you and your success. Most of these techniques are aimed at reprogramming the mind at its subconscious level. These include positive affirmations, acting as if, creative visualizations and mental time travel. The most superior and important technique is to know your true self and nature. When you know yourself, then your self-worth and self esteem are built on the unshakeable foundation of your own internal power.
Other techniques which can help erase your own limiting beliefs are questioning your own self. If you believe “it’s hopeless” ask yourself “how is it possible?” If you believe “I’m helpless,” ask yourself “what do I know about it?” If you believe “it’s useless”, ask yourself “how is it desirable?” If you believe “I’m blameless” ask yourself “how am I responsible?” If you believe “I’m worthless”, ask yourself “how do I deserve it?” The key is to changing your thought process and thereby your beliefs about a particular situation.
The only thing limiting us in life is our belief that there are limits. Failures are stepping stones to success. The bottom line is that when you rid yourself of limiting beliefs; anything you want in life becomes possible.