Are Your Limited Beliefs Stopping Your Success And Goals

Just for the record, you do not have to be Oprah, or Arianna Huffington to reach your ideal goals and success.

Neither do I, nor do I want to be. They deserve all of the praise and prestige, which they have worked hard to obtain. However, both had their own beginnings, and I am sure there were times they had limited beliefs, and had to change their thoughts more than once. So, let us get started, and press forward. We are not going to let these limited beliefs limit our success or goals.

Everyone has conscious or subconscious ideas that can become limiting beliefs that stop us from achieving our goals, and our success, if we let them. Sometimes these beliefs are instilled in us in childhood and sometimes we create them ourselves. An example of a limiting belief that can get in your way of success is how you see yourself with money.

If you believe you will always struggle and always be poor, chances are you will set yourself up for failure. Your limiting belief that you are poor and that you always will be poor becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. The same can be said about anything negative in your life that limits you – whether it’s career, education, or personal such as being healthy and of normal weight. If you see yourself a certain way, it can be hard to change that view and let go of that limiting belief.

There Are Eight Telling Phrases That Point To A Limiting Belief

  1. “It’s hopeless” – Anytime you use the word “never” is a clue that you are focusing on a limiting belief. For example, “I’ll never have any money because you need money to make money.”
  2. “I’m helpless” – When most people feel uneducated or helpless, they blame their circumstances instead of working to change them. “I can’t manage my money because I don’t know how” sounds insightful, but the part that’s missing is the feeling of helplessness when all you need to do is take a personal finance course or buy, read and practice the lessons in “Personal Finances for Dummies”.
  3. “It’s useless” – The idea that nothing you do will make a difference is that you believe that any action you take will not make a difference. “It doesn’t matter if I work out an hour a day, I won’t lose weight anyway.” How do you know? Have you tried to do anything for longer than a couple weeks?
  4. “It’s the universe” – Sometimes a limiting belief has to do with the idea that outside forces that you cannot control are at work keeping you down. You can’t find a job or get clients because the economy sucks, where you live is depressed, you don’t have the right clothing and so forth, but you do nothing in your power to change it because it’s destiny. “Everything happens for a reason” type of thinking can be very limiting and make you feel powerless.
  5. “I’m worthless” – The idea that you’re not smart enough or good enough to do what you really want can be a very strong limiting belief system and seems to affect women more than men. You feel you are not enough, pretty enough, smart enough, or good enough to have something, so you do not take the steps to achieve it. Possibly, because you do not feel that you deserve it.
  6. “It’s genetic” – While there are certainly some instances where genetics play a huge role in a person’s life, the truth is that almost everything that is genetic can be fixed with the right mindset, training, exercise, and outlook. You are not stuck with your genetics, but if you think you are, you may not try any of the things to pull yourself out of the rut you are stuck in.
  7. “I’ll fail” – The truth is the fear of failure is something most people have as a limiting belief. “I’m a bad public speaker so if I do it, I’ll be judged, and I’ll fail anyway so why try” is a common refrain. But, how can you set that belief in stone if you’ve not tried?
  8. “I’m different” – The limiting belief about being different is that different is necessarily bad. You do not want to be who you are because you are different and other people will look at you as different. You are afraid to be who you are, because of that, you don’t even know who you are, and you’re too scared to find out due to fear of rejection and ending up alone.

If you ever hear any of these phrases go through your head, try to disconnect from them, and turn them around to “why not me” instead of “why me.” Always ask “why not me” because the truth is, you are not feeling anything different from anyone else who has made goals and achieved them. The difference is in the doing, not the intelligence or talent.

Your success, your goals cannot be articulated by what another has accomplished. You have the final say in your life. You can achieve what the mind can believe and what thy whole self can work hard to make a reality.

Just Do It,

Linda

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