In this post: Find helpful tips to help identify your mindset around the struggles you’re currently dealing with which might be holding you back towards achieving your dreams. We’ll discuss what is limiting beliefs, and how to overcome them so that you can create a plan of action and achieve your biggest goals in life.
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How to Overcome Limiting Beliefs that Are Holding Back Your Success
Hi girls, how are you today?
Throughout our lives, we hold ourselves back from doing many things.
Being easier than admitting our own fault, it is most oftentimes easier to blame our negative circumstances on others. In other words. we often fail to hold ourselves accountable that things might be at our own fault, instead of external factors.
Regardless if your current goals are finding a partner, asking for a promotion, starting a family, or even moving to another country, it can be hard to follow through if your mind isn’t in the right place.
When your mindset around certain aspects of your life is doubtful, critical, or untrusting, it’s going to be that much harder to make your plans happen.
So, in order to achieve results and the changes you’ve been dreaming for years, it’s time to take a look at your current mindset and analyze where you might be holding yourself back.
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What Are Limiting Beliefs
Limiting beliefs by definition are false beliefs that prevent us from pursuing our goals and desires. These can keep you from doing important things, such as applying for your dream job or finding the relationship you want (or even leaving the one you don’t want).
In other words, limiting beliefs are simply assumptions about your reality that come from your perceptions of life experiences that hold you back from your true potential.
They tend to have a negative impact on one’s life by stopping you from growing on a personal and professional level.
“The only thing that’s keeping you from getting what you want is the story you keep telling yourself.”Toni Robbins
Some Common Limiting Beliefs Examples
Below are top 10 limiting beliefs that hold us back in life:
- I’ve already tried everything
- I’m not smart enough
- I am not educated enough
- I’m afraid of trying and failing
- I don’t want to ask for what I want because, what if I get rejected
- I’m too old/too young
- I can’t do that
- I’ll never be able to do that
- I don’t feel I really deserve it
- It’s too hard for me
Maybe you can relate to some these statements?
If you are subtly making yourself a victim by your unconscious thought, try instead exchanging some of the things you say by more positive and actionable things which gives you more control:
Examples On How to Overcome Limiting Beliefs
1. I’ve already tried everything – ”I can try again something new”
2. I’m not smart enough – ”I am good enough and I am smart. I can do anything I put my mind to“
3. I am not educated enough – “I am intelligent enough to succeed“
4. I’m afraid of failing – “My dreams are mine for the taking, and whatever I can conceive, I can achieve. It’s up to me to take the steps to make things happen“
5. “I don’t want to ask for what I want because, what if I get rejected?” – “What if I get a yes“?
6. I’m too old/young – You are never too old or young to pursue a dream
7. I can’t do that – What have you done successfully in the past?
8. I don’t feel I really deserve it – “I deserve great things in my life”.
9. I’ll never be able to do that – “If I don’t try, I will never know“
10. It’s too difficult for me – “I can try different ways to succeed. There are many ways to achieve something, just think outside the box”.
How Your Mindset Holds You Back
Simply put, if your thoughts around your goals are negative, you’re bound to breed more disapproval of your true potential.
For example, saying to yourself, “I don’t know if I can do this” or “Everyone else is doing this better than me”, or even “This will never work out for me” can start holding back your motivation to taking further action (especially when things get tough).
The law of attraction states that the things you repeatedly tell yourself often come true because you start to increase/decrease your own self-confidence, depending on how positive/negative your outlook is.
That is why it’s so important that you take ownership your thoughts and emotions.
You have to believe that you’re capable of reaching your goals and to have the unwavering desire to persists, no matter what!
In short, you have to take ownership for your thoughts and emotions, and you have to believe that you’re capable of reaching your goals.
How To Identify Your Current Mindset
The mind is a complex place and often we don’t even realize the thoughts that go on inside our own head.
Thousands of feelings run our minds every single day and we can’t possibly be conscious of all of them, especially when some of them last for a split second.
The best practice to identify your current mindset is to increase your awareness of the repeating thoughts that pop into your head on a daily basis.
This means that in order to identify and change those beliefs, you need to work on your self-awareness muscle. The secret is to be accountable and take responsibility for the beliefs you created for yourself.
Ultimately, you want to get in the practice of recognizing a limiting belief and reframing it to help you take a step forward.
If you have a particular goal for the future or a change you want to make, you have to pay close attention to the way you think about it.
To bring awareness to your thoughts, try journaling, meditating or talking to a therapist, coach, or close friend. These are proven effective ways to get thoughts out of your head so you have a better idea of what’s going on in your mind.
How To Overcome Limiting Beliefs and Mindset Blocks
As previously mentioned, the first step is to identify your recurring thoughts so you truly start understanding what the essence of your struggles are.
The second step is to actively find ways to keep going, even when things are at its hardest, despite any negative self-talk or outside noise from things you cannot really control.
Read motivational books, listen to podcasts, read blogs, learn new things that keep your mind engaged, and find ways to challenge yourself regularly.
Make taking care of yourself a priority so you can protect your headspace.
Bear in mind as well that there are so many inspirational people out there who have overcome what you’re going through, so follow their journeys to keep yourself motivated. Reach out to them if you can.
Also, take a step back, if you must; a few days break to get your mind back in order.
However, equally important is not to let breaks turn into procrastination or increased self-doubt. Here, what is important is to get back to the game, (regardless at how hopeless tings might sound at the moment.)
If you need to find motivation when in a rut, try writing down the smaller accomplishments you’ve had so far. Baby steps, no matter how small they are, will add up to lead to your objectives.
Meditate, practice yoga, go for walks, or even wake up earlier. This way you’ll have more time to work on your goals without distractions.
What type of excuses do you tell yourself that is limiting you from being who you want to be or where you want to be?
I hope this post has reminded you that you have everything you need to take action in your life, even when things are at its darkest.
Once you’ve figured out your repetitive thought patterns and how they’re holding you back, continue to practice positive self-talk so you can protect your energy and spirit and achieve great things.