Limiting beliefs – what are they? We all have them and usually the biggest is our lack of self-belief. Recently I asked the following question in the Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond Facebook Group:
Reflecting on 2019 what held you back from making changes or achieving your goals?
The responses were varied but these two that I’ve selected shared a common theme. Can you relate to them? I know I can.
Myself! My self esteem, my lack of confidence, and my anxiety, combined with being a natural introvert, means that for many years things have passed me by. However, I am improving and have big plans in place for 2020. I feel quietly optimistic that this is going to be one of my best for a long time.Jane
I can honestly say me.Anne
Overcoming Limiting Beliefs
Sometimes we are held back because we just don’t have faith in ourselves. We’ve tried and failed and instead of learning from that experience we write it off by saying ‘I can’t do it’, ‘I’m not good enough’, ‘I don’t deserve it’.
Limiting beliefs hold us back and stops us living to our full potential. Limiting beliefs:
- can stop us from trying new things,
- they cloud of view and way of thinking so that we don’t see opportunities
- they keep us stuck and we often don’t even realise how damaging they are
- they increase our fear of change
- can be imposed upon us by others
I’ve written before about the Mean Girl who lives in our head and whispers negative thoughts. Not only do we put limiting beliefs on ourselves but we allow others to influence our own self-belief.
If we want to keep moving forward we need to silence that Mean Girl who has been influencing us for too long.
Overcome your limiting beliefs
You have the power. You just have to find a way to use it. Time to let go!
You have the power in the present moment to change limiting beliefs and consciously plant the seeds for the future of your choosing. As you change your mind, you change your experience.Serge King
COMPLETING THE LIMITING BELIEFS TABLE
Identifying our limiting beliefs and replacing them with a more positive one helps us to achieve our goals. In the attached Beliefs Table document. Consider some of the beliefs that are holding you back and how you can replace it with a more positive thought pattern.
REFLECTING ON YOUR ACHIEVEMENTS
There have surely been times in life where you have achieved something. Think back to what that was, how it felt during the process and the feeling of accomplishment when you achieved it. This is the basis to rebuild your self-confidence. You can do it! You might need help or support but you can do it.
In your notebook/journal write down 3 major achievements in your life. How each achievement made you feel and the positive flow on effect from achieving them. Share your achievements in the Facebook group.