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Limting Beliefs: How They Affect Us

How Limiting Beliefs Affect Us

What Your Limiting Beliefs Do To You

Until I started exploring the world of personal development, I did not know what a limiting belief was. Years of learning, reading, and being mentored have changed that and I now understand the power that limiting beliefs have on us and it is strong! In this article, I will tell you what limiting beliefs and what they do to you in order to figure out how to overcome them and live the life you want!

A limiting belief is a thought someone has that holds them back, or stops them from achieving their goals altogether. They come in all shapes and sizes and no one is immune to them. It doesn’t matter who you are, where you live, or who you know, you can have limiting beliefs related to money, your health, relationships and many other things. Understanding what yours are is crucial.

Examples of limiting beliefs could be:

“I don’t have enough money.”

“I am not smart enough.”

“I don’t deserve it.”

My first question when I learned about limiting beliefs was “Okay, I understand that I have limiting beliefs, but where did they come from?” and that was something I needed to do a lot of thinking around.

I believe that our limiting beliefs come from many different pieces intertwined together to create our current thoughts, but two major factors are our past experiences and culture.

Our past experiences are a big reasons we have our current reality. For example, an easy illustration to discuss limiting beliefs is if someone had the goal of completing a marathon since there are a lot of them surrounding running already. Their past experiences could have created their limiting beliefs of today because of a crazy gym teacher they had growing up who would yell at them while forcing them to run. It could be a result of completing a really tough 5K race and they wonder how they could ever complete a longer race in a marathon. Or any other past experience they have had could have created their current reality.

Culture is often credited to creating our limiting beliefs as well since who we are, where we live, and the other aspects of culture shape a big part of us and our belief systems. If we do not have people in/from our environment that have gone on to accomplish similar goals that we have, it can seem insurmountable to pursue them sometimes.

I have identified three main things our limiting beliefs do to us:

1) Our limiting beliefs devalue us. Before we even being, they tell us that we aren’t good enough. They tell us that we aren’t worth of pursuing our goals and that we shouldn’t even bother trying.

2) Our limiting beliefs reinforce themselves. They have a great power on the stories we tell ourselves and cause a ripple effect into the other areas of our lives. When they get a hold of us, they create a nasty cycle that affects many things we do and by doing so, reinforce themselves to develop an even stronger hold.

3) Our limiting beliefs ultimately stop us from changing. That breakthrough we want to achieve? Forget about it…

Now that you understand what a limiting belief is and how it affects you, you can begin to put the work in to overcome them – stay tuned for that article coming soon!

I recently uploaded a video to our YouTube channel discussing these ideas, so please go watch that and let me know what you think!

Learn how to avoid the trap of limiting beliefs from Awakened Adulting.


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Teacher and creator of Greatness Every Day. Matt lives in Sackville, NB, Canada and loves spending his time outdoors, racing triathlon, and learning.


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