Belief it or not

Limiting beliefs are your personal, general beliefs about the world, your environment and your situation, and the people around you that you perceive as standing in your way.   Newsflash! These beliefs will hold you back from success. Why and how so?  Simply because if you do not believe something is possible, you are not likely to attempt it or if you do attempt it, you won’t devote much energy to achieving it.

The great news is that once you become aware of and overcome limiting beliefs, they can no longer hold you back. And by shattering your limiting beliefs, you may light the way for others to do the same.

How can you challenge your limiting beliefs?

Methods for challenging limiting beliefs include the following:

  • Provide evidence to the contrary
  • Explore what effect this belief has had on your life
  • Look for proof of its truth (or lack of proof)
  • Modify the belief or aspects of the belief to better serve you
  • Key Question: How true do I think that is?
  • Key Question: Where did I get that idea?
  • Key Question: Can I be absolutely certain that it is true?
  • Key Question: How do I feel when I think that thought?
  • Key Question: Who would I be or how would my life be different if I did not believe that?
  • Key Question: What is the opposite view?

Some of the most common limiting beliefs are about money.  Some are conscious and some unconscious.  Let’s look a listing a few and then provide an alternate view:

  • Money isn’t everything.Money is simply one tool for helping me create the life of my dreams.
  • Money is the root of all evil.What could make money evil is the intent of the user.
  • Wealthy people are crooks.The wealthy can be generous and provide opportunities for those who are less fortunate.

Whether about money or other areas of your life, what limiting beliefs do you have?

Take out a pen and paper and record your own limiting beliefs.  Then, provide some new replacement beliefs that are more empowering to you by using the tools and questions above.

What have you discovered about yourself?


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