Overcoming Self Limiting Beliefs

Do you have times when you doubt yourself? 

You’d be lying if you said you didn’t. We all do. I believe it’s a natural side affect of being a human with a human brain.

The truth is, we all have that devil’s advocate side of our brain – the voice that always seems to pop in and ask questions like “Can I really do this?” or “Is this really possible for me and my life?”

It’s beneficial to have analytical dialogue, but it becomes a problem when we let it become negative and run rampant.

If your inner dialogue ever becomes self-limiting, it’s time to pump the breaks and stop it in its tracks. 

Do you ever stop something before you’ve even started? Have you ever shut yourself down from a potential opportunity because you believed you wouldn’t be able to do it?

A couple years ago, I remember telling myself that I couldn’t become a yoga teacher at that point in my life. I was holding onto some strange belief that I was “too young” – that I needed to practice for years and gain much more extensive experience before becoming a legitimate teacher that people could trust and respect. This simply wasn’t true! It almost makes me laugh looking back on it. Less than two years later, I’ve completed my 200hr certification, taught yoga & acroyoga in 6 countries, and can’t wait to continue my yoga education in the future.

In retrospect, it’s clear to me that my self limiting thoughts were preventing me from accomplishing my dreams.

This is why I feel it’s so important to recognize this sort of behavior and release it!

The first step to overcoming self limiting beliefs is recognizing their limiting qualities. That questioning side of your brain can be constructive at times, and it helps to keep you safe. However, it also often tries to convince you to stay small, and play it safe, avoiding some potential opportunities that your logical mind deems ‘risky.’

“You can’t do this. What are you thinking? Do you really think you can do this? You aren’t qualified. You aren’t capable. You can’t do it.”

LET THIS LANGUAGE GO!

Let it go right now! Really bring a conscious awareness to the tone of the language that is circulating in your head. Anything that is even remotely limiting must be removed from your vocabulary! 

A massively helpful practice that has helped me with overcoming self limiting beliefs & dialogue is the following three steps:  

  1. Acknowledge it 
  2. Write it down
  3. Flip each thought or statement into something more positive and optimistic

For example, if I was struggling with feeling capable of quitting my job to travel, my inner dialogue might look like this:

“There’s no way you can do that. You could run out of money. You could get robbed. What if you loose everything?”

After acknowledging this negative and limiting inner dialogue and writing it down, the next step would be to write down a corresponding positive statement for each limiting thought.

For example:

“There’s no way you can do that.” → “I can absolutely do this, and I’m doing it.”

“You will run out of money.” → “Money is constantly flowing towards me freely. I am a smart, capable, intelligent human being, and I will find alternate sources of income to sustain myself.”

“You could get robbed.” → “I will do my research, prepare as best I can, and stay safe, alert, and aware in every potentially dangerous situation. I will not get robbed.”

“What if you loose everything?” → “I will not ‘loose everything.’ And if something crazy happened, and I lost something valuable, I will always make the most of the situation. Material things are replaceable. My life, health, and wellbeing are most important. No matter what, it will be an amazing adventure!”

It can be beneficial to speak these positive statements out loud. The more you re-read them, speak them out loud, tell others about them, and convince yourself that they are true, the smaller and more insignificant your limiting beliefs will be.

In order to create the positive change that you wish you accomplish in your life, you must clear out any self limiting dialogue that you are be holding onto. 

This goes hand in hand with the process of manifesting your dreams and accomplishing your goals. Your MINDSET and ATTITUDE plays a massively crucial role!

Click here for our 6 step guide on manifesting your dream life to help you with this process!

“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford

 

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