In my previous post the topic was about improving your unhealthy self-perception. However, I’d like to discuss something that’s a reflection of how you see yourself. I’m referring to limiting beliefs.
When you perceive or see yourself in a healthy way you’re more aware of who you are as a person. For example you’re more aware of your strengths, weaknesses, talents and potential and you take responsibilities for your thoughts and actions.
However, when you see yourself in an unhealthy way you’re more likely to be unsure of yourself and your abilities. This can manifest itself as a toxic belief system that inhibits your growth as a person.
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What Are Limiting Beliefs?
Limiting beliefs are assumptions or perceptions about ourselves and the world around us that constrain us in some way.
We’re unaware that we end up impoverishing our lives when we follow these beliefs and this is due to a number of negative effects. They can keep us from making good decisions, taking advantage of new opportunities or reaching our full potential.
Limiting beliefs leave you stuck in a negative state of mind. They prevent you from living the life you want. However, have you wondered where limiting beliefs come from?
Where Do Limiting Beliefs Come From?
Different things that happen in our lives shape our limiting beliefs.
Things that shape limiting beliefs include the following:
Past Trauma: Something traumatic that happens to you as a child can remain stuck in your psyche. When this happens it’s like a record that skips and stops you in the same place over and over.
Your Family’s Belief System: The belief system of your family plays a role in how you view and interact with the world. For example if you’re from a family that values playing it safe in life you might be convinced that you’re not good enough to any other path.
Expectations From Family: You’re raised with certain expectations. For example you’re expected to go to college and get a 9 to 5 after graduation because it’s a safe option. However, you’re more interested in starting your own business, but underlying guilt about meeting expectations and fear of judgement from family can leave you feeling stuck.
Relationships With Friends and Significant Others: Limiting beliefs can impact how you view the world. For example if you were bullied as a child in school, betrayed by a friend or were cheated on by a significant other it causes you to see all people as untrustworthy.
Types Of Limiting Beliefs
According to Inc.com there are 3 types of limiting beliefs.
Unhealthy Beliefs About Yourself:
When you conclude that you’re a failure that won’t amount to anything in life, this belief will prevent you from being your best self.
Unhealthy Beliefs About Others:
There are limiting beliefs about everyone being out to get you, everyone is untrustworthy or manipulative it can be impossible to develop relationships.
Unhealthy Beliefs About The World:
If you believe that you can’t succeed, because the world is unfair and scary, then it will take a toll on you and make you feel stuck.
In my next post I’ll be offering tips for changing your limiting beliefs and this will include the story of my personal transformation after changing mine.
Have You Ever Had Limiting Beliefs?
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