DISCOVERING YOUR LIMITING BELIEFS
Last time, we looked at how Limiting Beliefs can make achieving Success very difficult for you or for anyone else. Today, we will look at how You can identify Your Limiting Beliefs so you can begin to change them.
To change anything, you must first identify it. It’s important to stay relevant. We all have tons of limiting beliefs, but the truth is that many of them are irrelevant. Only worry about the limiting beliefs that are going to have the greatest impact. When you’ve dealt with those, you can deal with the others.
Part of being successful is focusing on the most important issues in your life. Remember to keep that in mind as you go through the process of discovering your limiting beliefs:
ARE LIMITING BELIEFS HOLDING YOU BACK?
- Make a list of the areas in your life where you feel challenged.
If you have an area of your life that displeases you and you’re not actively doing something to ﬁx it, then it’s a pretty good bet that you have a limiting belief. Otherwise, doesn’t it make sense that you’d be doing something to change the situation? Your behaviour is an indicator of your beliefs.
✦ Consider how you’re doing in the following areas:
✦ Finances. Are you feeling ﬁnancial pressure in your life? Do you have all the things you need or really want? How much money do you have in your savings? Do you have the income you desire? Is that income secure?
✦ Relationships. Are your relationships satisfying? Consider your intimate relationship as well as your relationships with your family, friends, and co-workers.
✦ Health. Are you taking good care of yourself? How is your weight? Do you go to the doctor regularly for check-ups?
✦ Fun / Adventure. Are you doing the things you really want to do? Do you dream of going to Europe but haven’t been? Do you want to learn to play the piano but never have?
✦ Any other aspect of your life in which you’re experiencing dissatisfaction. Think about any other areas of your life where you’re less than thrilled. If you’re not pleased with your life, a limiting belief could be the cause.
2. Make a List of your beliefs that are contributing to your challenges.
Make a list of all of your beliefs, good and bad, regarding the challenges you identiﬁed above. Don’t attempt to ﬁlter them as positive or negative while doing this process; just get them all listed as you brainstorm and examine them later.
✦ Here’s a short example around money:
– Making over $100k a year is really hard.
-So, I’ll never be wealthy.
– Rich people are dishonest.
– I’ll never have enough money to have a nice house.
– If I’m rich, people will try to steal from me.
– My friends will treat me diﬀerently if I have a lot of money.
✦ Can you see why it would be diﬃcult to make a lot of money if you believe these things?
3. Identify the beliefs that are holding you back.
Think about which beliefs that are having the greatest negative impact on your life. One way to do this is, is to consider how your behaviour would change if that belief were eliminated from your life.
Don’t just guess which beliefs are the most damaging. Really examine it and consider the change that your life would experience if you weren’t held back by that belief.
- Put those negative beliefs in order.
Start with the limiting belief that you feel is creating the most challenge in your life. Put them all in order from the belief having the greatest negative impact to least. It makes sense to spend your time where it’s going to do the most good. Prioritizing your time is always a valuable strategy.
Now that you have a list of your limiting beliefs and have them in order, it’s time to start dealing with them.
“Other people’s beliefs may be myths, but not mine”, you might say!
That is one way of refusing to accept that you have limiting beliefs. You must be brutally honest with yourself in order to create change in your life.
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To your Success!
Dr Grace Anderson.