Limiting Beliefs

The number of limiting beliefs are limitless. First, we need to define limiting belief. Next, we need to recognize when it is limiting your progress.

According to

A limiting belief is a thought, opinion, state of mind, or conviction you believe to be absolutely true, but that belief holds you back in some way. In essence, a limiting belief is a story you tell yourself to keep you in your comfort zone, and it prevents you from becoming who you are meant to be.

According to

Limiting beliefs are the stories we tell ourselves about who we are that hold us back from becoming who we are meant to be. These beliefs limit us from reaching our full potential. They are often subconscious – we don’t even know that we have them until someone points them out to us.

My concepts about limiting beliefs:

  1. We have never recognized the belief or had reason to challenge it.

  2. We are limited because the belief isn't important enough to put in the effort to change.

  3. We believe what "they" say and haven't researched the idea.

  4. We have never been in a situation where it was necessary to go against the belief.

  5. We can change the limiting belief when we realize it is holding us back.

A few years ago, I lived in one state and worked almost 2,000 miles away. I flew there for 10 days every 4 weeks. Most people respond with "I could never do that!". If anyone would have presented the idea, I would have said the same. However, it was a concept that developed over time. I took steps and made plans to make it work because it was important to me!

I know a few people who compete in body building and fitness competitions. Most of us would think and say "I could never do that!". However, I have watched them go through stages and develop into competitors. It isn't always the goal until there has been some progress first.

I have competed in multiple sprint triathlons including two with my mom. I have done a few half marathons including one with both sisters. Again, the usual response is "I could never do that!". It took training, planning, and goal setting.

When someone asks if I will do a full marathon or a longer distance triathlon my first thought is "I could never do that!". However, it is not that I could never, it is that I don't have the desire to do it

When you are doing something that comes naturally to you but someone else says "I could never do that!" about the exact thing you do easily. I've been a hairstylist for many years. Plenty of people say "I could never do that!" about cutting hair. Some people have and I end up fixing it, but that's a whole other story. I didn't just pick up a scissors and start cutting. I went to cosmetology school, started on a mannequin, took multiple continuing education classes, and have been around professionals that I have learned from over many years! Like anything that you truly have a desire for, with the right training and practice you can do it!

I tell you all of this because I want you to recognize a limiting belief when it pops up. I want you to really decide if you "could never" or if you choose not to do something. Going forward I choose to recognize and challenge my limiting beliefs! Will you do the same?

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