Tony Robbins once said, “The only thing that keeps you from getting what you want is the story that you keep telling yourself.” That little voice in your head that keeps telling you that you cannot be, do or have something. Those are your limiting beliefs.
Limiting beliefs prevent us from making a change. They are essentially assumptions about reality that are not true. It has taken me many years to finally realise that I’m in control of my destiny, and I needed to shift my mindset to start my journey towards living my best life. Let’s dive into 5 limiting beliefs that keep us stuck.
I don’t have enough resources
Focusing on external resources such as money or skills is another tactic that we use to give ourselves permission to remain stuck. Start where you are. Start with what you have. As your internal recourses such as passion and willpower start to grow, so will your external resources.
I don’t have time
This used to be my favourite excuse! Here’s the thing, saying “I don’t have time” is no different to saying “I don’t want to”. There’s no such thing as not having time—it’s just a matter of how you intentionally choose to utilise it. It’s time to stop making excuses and start making time for things that are important to you. And if starting or growing your business is important enough, then you’ll surely find the time. Even if you have a 9-5 or children at home, it is possible. You are in total control of your time.
What if I fail
Yes, you might fail. There will be plenty of profound disappointments along the way. But what if you succeed? Fear of failure shouldn’t prevent you from pursuing your dreams. We all have fears, but we need to teach ourselves to push through the fear. Look at it this way—every failure represents an essential step towards success. Besides, I would rather fail than live a life filled with regret.
I’m not good enough
There will always be someone smarter, more attractive and more successful than you. But those people are not your competition— you are your competition. I’ve discovered the direct benefits of not paying attention to what other people are doing. If you just put your head down and put in the work, everything will eventually fall into place.
I’m not ready
Start before you feel ready because you’re never going to be ready. Start where you are—you can fine-tune and perfect things along the way. Don’t be afraid to start small. Stop putting off that brilliant idea because you’ll kick yourself when somebody else puts it into action before you do.
The market is too saturated or somebody is already doing it
Yes, chances are somebody else is already doing what you want to do. But no one will ever do things the way you would. You are unique and that’s your superpower. You need to believe in your magic, dance to your tune, drink your own cool-aid…You get where I’m going with this, right? You don’t need to be the only person doing something. Just do it well!
These are some of the most common limiting beliefs that people have. The truth is that we are all born with unlimited potential, but we need to tap into it. By removing deep rooted conscious and unconscious beliefs, you will increase the quality of your everyday life. Which limiting beliefs are holding you back from living your best life? Let me know in the comments below.
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