A belief is a feeling or conviction, a sense of certainty about what something is or what something means. Limiting beliefs are mostly unconscious. You do not openly decide what you’re going to believe about who you are and what you think you’re capable of (or not).
We all want to change certain parts of our life that make us unhappy, whether that’s a habit, a relationship, or simply a way of thinking about things. But limiting beliefs are what drag us into the same old patterns of thought and behaviour. We tell ourselves we will never be brave enough, rich enough, fit enough, intelligent enough, or in the right place to do what we truly want to do.
If you want to grow and see positive transformation in your life you must first become aware of the limiting beliefs that you are allowing to speak and keep you where you are.
What story do we tell ourselves about who we are? Where does that story come from?
Limiting beliefs are disempowering beliefs and they can emerge from many voices in our lives. Those voices are what I address in this episode of the podcast.
Turn your limiting beliefs into challenges. You believe this thing about yourself, well now’s your chance to prove it wrong, to show that you are so much better than even you thought you were. Surprise yourself, stand up to the challenge that has been laid down before you.
“Waking up to who you are requires letting go of who you imagine yourself to be.” – Alan Watts
I end the show with a useful exercise that Michael Davidson posted on Tiny Buddha. It is taken from an article called When Your Beliefs Hold You Back: Release Them to Avoid Regret, which you can check out here.
Over to You
What limiting beliefs do you carry about yourself? Can you identify its source/the voice that keeps it alive?
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