Identifying Self Limiting Beliefs
In my previous post “Sabotage of the Subconscious Mind of an Abundant Woman”, I discussed some of the self limiting beliefs we have all accumulated throughout our lives… I’m inadequate, I’m worthless, I’m defective, I’m unattractive, I’m a loser, I’m a failure. And those are but a few that we have become buried in our psyches. The trick is to really pay attention to your thoughts and feelings throughout your day.
Limiting beliefs are very powerful. You’ve had them, thought them, felt them for years. From the time you first experience life, you are inundated with the self limiting beliefs of your parents, grandparents, extended family and friends, your culture and religion. The more you think of them, the more energy you give them. The more energy you give them, the more they hold you back from having the abundant, joyful life you deserve.
Your beliefs become your reality. You will always find evidence to support your beliefs, and to have them become your reality.Your feelings are the perfect tool for identifying these self limiting beliefs you may not even realize you have. You need to be sure to check in with yourself, ask yourself what you are feeling and why. Don’t fight the feelings, but observe them. Any negative feelings you are having lead back to self limiting beliefs.
Understanding Limiting Beliefs
Following is a short list of what self limiting beliefs consist of. What others can you think of
- Beliefs conditioned from religion, culture or family
- Negative thought patterns
- Perfectionist thinking
- Past failures
Journaling Can Help
Journaling is a very good habit to start. It’s a great way to get inside your own head, to write down the thoughts and feelings you have. Start with a goal, a dream or desire. Write down everything that comes to you, whether positive or negative.
Be brutally honest with yourself. Once you have written until you can write no more, go back and find the negative thoughts and feelings. Pay attention to any patterns you may see.
Overcoming Self Limiting Beliefs
- Don’t allow yourself to be defined by these beliefs
- Choose to stop agreeing with the limiting beliefs
- Question all of the conclusions you have about what you think to be true
- Take some kind of action to test your assumptions
- Spend time integrating a new, empowering belief
Sometimes, it can be just that simple. The biggest hurdle of all will be remembering what you’ve been allowing yourself to believe all these years, and maintaining the new beliefs you wish to put into place. When you finally realize you have ingrained these positive and empowering beliefs into your daily life, you will begin noticing all the abundant aspects that have been there all along, waiting for you to acknowledge. How many self limiting beliefs have you been holding onto all these years?