Don’t let limiting beliefs hold you back from your fullest potential! We all have our own excuses and circumstances that may stand in our way, but the fact is we have the power to overcome these roadblocks we set for ourselves.
Some of the most common limiting beliefs are:
- Fear of failure
- Undervaluing your achievements
Thoughts around these beliefs could be: “I’m never going to be as smart as him/her” “I’m afraid I won’t be taken seriously if I mess up” or “I could’ve done better”. Although these thoughts feel real to us, they are simply stories we make up. As we learn to turn our attention away from negative storytelling and start rewriting these stories into positive affirmations, we are able to tap into our fullest potential.
Comparison is the thief of joy. A lot of people feel like they are constantly under competitive pressure at work. Going for that promotion means you need to beat out all the other candidates for the role. We can quickly lose control when we start comparing ourselves to others. It’s common for people to simply give up because they feel as though they’ve already lost to the person they perceive as “better”.
Remember, you usually don’t have all the facts about another person. They may be stronger in some areas, but YOU have strengths in others. Don’t discredit your own abilities by focusing too much on what the other person may excel in. Instead, celebrate their wins AND your own.
When you start to think “wow they are so good at ” include, “but I am too!” or “wow I also have some amazing accomplishments”. Even if you don’t necessarily believe it now, keep saying it until you do. Our subconscious minds are rewired through repetition!
Fear of Failure
Fearing failure is where most people stay stuck. If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten. Comfort zones feel safe, familiar, and easy. Nothing incredible was ever done within a comfort zone. Get creative and think outside the box.
Don’t play small and lie to yourself about what you want. Go as big as you can and go after things at which you WILL probably fail. You never really know what you are capable of until you try.
Stay curious about what could happen outside of your comfort zone. Turn your “what if it goes wrong” into “what if I discover something amazing”. That’s when we go from limited to possible.
Undervaluing Your Achievements
The fact is, we HAVE taken risks before, otherwise, we wouldn’t be where we are today. Remember to celebrate those moments of overcoming your fears and what you’ve gotten from those experiences.
We are often so wrapped up in what could happen that we forget what we’ve already done. Acknowledge the strength you have exhibited to get this far and utilize that to get you to your next goal.
Your achievements don’t have to be large to be significant. Take any opportunity you can to recognize mini accomplishments. The more praise you give yourself, the more drive and confidence you have to keep going.
Our minds are very much like a muscle, it needs to be trained to be strengthened! The more we repeat thoughts, the more we start to believe and become them. So, make sure we are training positivity, not negativity!
It’s easy to say “I can’t”, “I don’t want to” and “it’s too difficult” but we are sabotaging our own success by doing so.
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