If you have ever found yourself holding back on something you really wanted to do, you are familiar with self-limitation.
Limitations can serve us in some ways, like reminding us that
we don’t have the ability to fly off a roof and land safely on our feet; and they can confine us in other ways, by creating doubt and fear about our ability to create more fulfilling circumstances.
Luckily, most of our self-limitations are easily identified as
helpful or harmful; we need only spend some time examining
them and decide which we want to keep and which we want to
Take a moment to think about your own perceived limitations.
What do you believe you can’t do yet? What do you believe
you’ll NEVER be able to do? Why do you think so? If these
concepts seem vague and you’re not sure what your own
perceived limitations are, take some time to write them down.
Try phrases like this: “I can’t ___________ because
___________.” Fill in the blanks, and don’t hold anything back.
Even if one of your ideas seems ridiculous and you logically
know it isn’t true, yet your gut confirms it’s a strong belief you
hold, write it down anyway.
Once you’ve identified as many of your limiting beliefs as you
can; take a closer look at them. Are any of them hopelessly
impossible, or do they just feel that way? Have other people
been able to accomplish something that you want to
accomplish? Have you accomplished anything in the past that
was difficult? How did you overcome the obstacles you faced?
Could you apply the same process to any goal?
There are no right or wrong answers here, only what you
honestly think and feel. Now set your list aside (we’ll be
looking at it again later in this report) – and let’s delve into
beliefs a bit deeper