How You’re Allowing Your Limiting Beliefs to Steal Your Freedom
What are Limiting Beliefs? You may not realize it, but when it comes to living your best life and meeting your potential, you could be your own worst enemy. Limiting beliefs, all that negative self-talk, are the single biggest thing holding you back. The bottom line: Limiting beliefs are stealing your freedom.
Limiting beliefs are the negative messages about your ability or your characteristics often imprinted from your childhood. Think of all the messages you might have received about being bad or lazy or selfish, even slow or ‘just not that smart.’
These messages go deep into your subconscious and help to create the adult self-talk that makes you feel bad — an Inner Critic who chips in to say you’re not that great. This continuous loop of ‘no you can’t’ becomes a pattern of self-sabotage that blocks you from achieving your dreams. To start with, you can begin to rescript or reframe that negative self-talk by turning it around and embedding positive beliefs.
Here are some of the most common limiting beliefs that may be lying low in your subconscious, stopping you from being your best you:
- I’m nothing special
- I don’t know what I want
- I don’t have time
- It’s too late
- Everyone else knows what to do except me
- I don’t need help
- I’m not good enough and I don’t deserve this
If any of these messages sound familiar, don’t despair! There is so much you can do to confront limiting beliefs and free yourself from their dead weight. You can start right now by challenging those beliefs and replacing them with more positive messages.
Switch your Negative Messaging to Positive
To start with, you can try some simple mindset techniques. Look at your list of negative beliefs and give them a reality check. Try challenging each belief that feels familiar and replacing it with a more positive take.
1. I’m nothing special