Asana.com defines a limiting belief as “a state of mind or belief about yourself that restricts you in some way. These beliefs are often false accusations you make about yourself that can cause a number of negative results.”
I always find this a particularly interesting thing to think about and discuss because we don’t always know what we don’t know, you know? 😅 I love living in an exciting, ever-expanding world of knowledge when it comes to anything I can wrap my brain around, especially when it comes to our own abilities and success.
Some examples of limiting beliefs are: “I’m not good enough,” “I’m too old (or too young),” “I don’t have enough time,” and so on.
I’d like to say that an easy way of entering the conversation is to ask if you have any limiting beliefs, but that’s not usually the way that we encounter them. In my experience, I’ve smacked my face on many a door I held closed myself, not understanding that I needed to use the doorknob to open it first 🤪
So let me approach it from that angle – it’s not too different than the message I wrote a few weeks ago regarding getting back up after you fail at something or get knocked down..
Approach limiting beliefs from a thought of innovation.
- Manage the present
- Forget the past (glean from it perhaps what not to do)
- Create the future
If it sounds simple, that’s because it is .. but we all know that simple isn’t always necessarily easy.
Ask if your assumptions are facts. The Work by Byron Katie reminds us of the questions: “Is it true?” “Can you absolutely know that it’s true?” “How do you react, what happens, when you believe that thought?” “Who would you be without the thought?”
A lot of self-induced boundaries and barriers can be broken with that tool. From our health, fitness, and wellbeing, to our personal relationships, to our work – is there any way you’re holding yourself back from being absolutely ecstatic about this adventure we call life?
We’re here to help! 😃