What Causes Limiting Beliefs?
Do you ever wonder why you react to situations and people in a negative or fearful way? Maybe a comment from someone hurt you or a situation that you are avoiding yet you don’t know why.
It impacts relationships, how you view yourself, friends, family, money, work, so many areas of your life. It can frustrate you and keep you stuck in life.
Those are called limiting beliefs. We hear that term a lot lately. It’s feels like a catch phrase, but the truth is our belief system, negative neural pathways, keep us stuck living our best and most abundant life.
We get the negative neural pathways from our own experience, other people’s experiences and our DNA. Negative neural pathways are the muscle memory of our brain that control the automatic responses.
Think about things told to you as a child. Do you still hear those negative comments?
Did you observe a family member or friend going through a difficult situation? When hold onto those memories they can create a false reality in our own life.
Our responses can be physical and emotional.
How to Release Limiting Beliefs
You can create positive neural pathways. It takes deliberate steps and consistent behavioral changes.
Write down your negative thoughts about yourself or a situation. This is something you know is holding you back.
Tell yourself a new truth. For example, when the limiting belief is telling you that you aren’t good enough. Tell yourself that you enough, that you are unique and perfect just the way you are. Give yourself permission to say the opposite positive statement.
Picture yourself in that positive statement. Take a minute to write down how it feels to be in that positive statement.
The scary step is to move into that feeling. Let it fill you up. It takes being brave to tell yourself something positive and even braver to actually wear that new positive feeling.
What Limiting Beliefs Are You Holding on to?
Some common limiting beliefs that we tell ourselves: not good enough, not smart enough, not good with people, not able to do new things, nothing will ever work out, I don’t deserve anything better.
What are the negative thoughts you have about yourself?
Practice the 4 steps daily and create a new positive pathway to release the limiting belief holding you back.