As Tony Robbins once said, “Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy. Human beings have the awesome ability to take any experience of their lives and create a meaning that disempowers them or one that can literally save their lives.”
Your personal beliefs about yourself and your life matter more than you realise.
In fact, those beliefs become the very foundation upon which you build your life.
If you want to create any new result in your life or business, chances are your thoughts (beliefs) are either helping or hurting your results.
A crucial question for you to consider is,
How do you recognise self-sabotaging thoughts?
Unless you know how to identify and change or challenge them, will always be at their mercy.
Some common self-limiting thoughts are:
• “I’ll never be able to save any money for retirement.”
• “I guess I won’t ever fall in love again.”
• “Why can’t I find any trustworthy partners?”
• “I’ll be fat forever.”
• “I’m sure John will get that promotion over me.”
• “I wish I could take a vacation to Thailand, but I know I could never afford it.”
• “How will I ever live the life I want earning what I earn now?”
If you identified some of your limiting thoughts while reading the above examples, take steps to break your cognitive ties to those thinking patterns, starting right now.
Focus on these strategies to start thinking in a new direction:
1. Refrain from labelling yourself.
If you see yourself as “poor” financially, then you might unconsciously strive to match that label.
Or if you think of yourself as “fat” you may be unable to imagine yourself as beautiful and thin.
Making changes at your core identity level will shift everything else also.
Don’t start with changing behaviours, start with how you see and describe yourself on a consistent basis.
2. Take baby steps.
When you continually move towards your goals, you’ll gain the momentum to keep on going.
Rather than think you’re unable to achieve success, make a plan of achievable steps to ensure you do.
Create small victories if you will.
For example, perhaps you’d like a Thailand vacation.
Instead of believing you’ll never get there, establish a small weekly savings goal of $20, and keep putting the money aside until you have enough.
3. Learn to be your own best friend.
Love yourself enough to be your own best friend.
Do this by giving yourself the benefit of the doubt.
Think positive thoughts such as, “I deserve this” or “This is my chance!”
When you practice this, you’ll reject self-limiting thoughts.
4. Believe in yourself.
Instead of insisting you’ll “never” do something, say that you can, and then do it.
If you turn those negatives into positives, it boosts your self-esteem.
Trust that you can accomplish, succeed, and prevail.
And it starts with how you speak to yourself about yourself.
5. Assess the truth.
“Is what I’m thinking really true?”
For example, is it an absolute reality that you’ll never be able to save any money at all for retirement?
What do I base this belief on? It doesn’t have to be true unless you strive for that.
Change your mindset by beginning your retirement fund today.
At the end of the day, put all your change into a jar.
See how simple it is to start saving?
Question your self-limiting thoughts.
In fact, attack them.
When you realise they’re unrealistic, untrue, and within your power to change, you’ll be able to break away.
6. Recognise how powerful your negative thoughts are.
You create who you are by what you think about yourself.
Why not turn that power into positive energy that drives you towards the things that you want in life?
Positive thoughts might not create every single result that you want in life, but negative thoughts won’t create anything good at all.
7. Learn from prior errors.
Instead of using your past against you, think about the knowledge you’ve gained from each experience.
Maybe an important relationship ended a few years ago.
The loss of that relationship doesn’t mean you’ll never find another partner or best friend again.
Rather than getting bogged down with self-limiting thoughts, see it all in perspective and consider the shortcomings of your previous relationship or friendship.
What part did you play? If you proactively learn from your past mistakes, you’ll make healthier choices in the future and build relationships that last.
When you apply the above strategies to your life, you’ll see the possibilities that are all around you.
You can do anything you set your mind to.
Extinguish those self-limiting beliefs right now so you can start embracing the good life that’s yours for the taking.
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