Once you’ve established that you have limiting beliefs which are stopping you from achieving what you want, you can start to take steps to overcome them. It’s not easy and quick to overcome limiting beliefs, particularly if it’s something you’ve been believing for as long as you can remember. Changing something around so drastically requires time and effort, but with the right mindset and support, there’s nothing to stop you.
Try to Decide Why You Believe It
People have limiting beliefs without even realizing why or where they have come from. A lot of the time, limiting beliefs have been created as a person has been growing up – their parents have reinforced an idea enough times that it has remained in the person’s mind for their entire life without question.
If you can try to understand why you believe something, that’s a good first step. You might then realize that you have no idea why you believe it and you shouldn’t believe it at all!
Realize That Your Beliefs Are Not You
Just because you’ve ended up believing something doesn’t mean that this is it forever now. You can change your beliefs at any point, so if you’re worried about backtracking, you have every right to do so. Developing as a person is just as much about growing and learning as it is about developing your beliefs and opinions, and if these change over time, that can be a good thing.
Differentiate Between Your Beliefs and How You Identify
Just because you don’t want to do something doesn’t mean that you can’t do it. It also doesn’t mean that you have to do it, but if you find yourself making excuses based on the fact that you just don’t think you can do something, this can be an example of a limiting belief.
It’s much more honest and upfront with yourself and others to say that you don’t want to do something, rather than that you can’t do it. Believing and saying that you can’t do something is constantly reinforcing to yourself that there are plenty of things you can’t do and you’re not as good as somebody else who can do it.
Do Something Different
To break out of the cycle of your limiting beliefs, do something different one day. Push yourself past the boundaries and out of your comfort zone. You never know what might happen.