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Limiting Belief

Part I:  Description

What is a Limiting Belief?

A limiting belief is a deeply held subconscious thought or assumption that you believe to be true. These beliefs often create a negative perception of yourself, your abilities, or the possibilities available to you, holding you back from reaching your full potential.

Examples of Limiting Beliefs

  • "I'm not good enough."

  • "I'll never be successful."

  • "I don't deserve happiness."

  • "It's too late to change."

  • "I'm not smart enough/talented enough/etc."

How Limiting Beliefs Affect You

Limiting beliefs act as self-fulfilling prophecies. They influence your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, leading to:

  • Self-sabotage

  • Procrastination

  • Avoiding opportunities

  • Settling for less

  • Negative self-talk

Overcoming Limiting Beliefs

While deeply ingrained, limiting beliefs can be changed. The process involves:

  1. Awareness: Identifying your limiting beliefs through journaling, reflection, or working with a therapist.

  2. Challenge: Questioning the validity of these beliefs and seeking evidence to disprove them.

  3. Reframing: Replacing limiting beliefs with positive, empowering affirmations.

Part II:  Common Questions

1. How do limiting beliefs form?

  • Answer: Limiting beliefs often stem from past experiences, especially during childhood. They can develop from negative messages received from others, misinterpretations of events, or a lack of positive reinforcement. These beliefs get ingrained in our subconscious, influencing how we view ourselves and the world.

2. What's the difference between limiting beliefs and negative thoughts?

  • Answer: Limiting beliefs are deeply rooted subconscious assumptions, while negative thoughts are more transient and surface-level. Limiting beliefs drive those negative thought patterns, making them recurring and difficult to shake off.

3. How do I identify my limiting beliefs?

  • Answer: Here are some techniques:

    • Pay attention to your self-talk: Notice recurring negative thoughts about yourself.

    • Examine your patterns: Observe areas where you procrastinate, self-sabotage, or avoid taking action.

    • Journaling: Write about your fears, insecurities, and the stories you tell yourself.

    • Work with a therapist or coach: A professional can help you uncover deeper limiting beliefs.

4. Are limiting beliefs always negative?

  • Answer: While most limiting beliefs are negative, you can also have positive limiting beliefs that hold you back. For example, the belief "I don't deserve too much success" can limit your growth just as much as "I'm not good enough."

5. How long does it take to overcome limiting beliefs?

  • Answer: Changing limiting beliefs takes time and consistent effort. The process varies for each person depending on the depth of the belief and the techniques used. Don't get discouraged – patience and perseverance are key.

Part III:  Additional Resources

Online Resources about Limiting Beliefs

  1. Mindvalley Blog: Features articles on limiting beliefs, their impact, and ways to overcome them

  2. Psychology Today: Search for articles by therapists and psychologists who specialize in helping people overcome limiting beliefs

  3. Tony Robbins Website: Offers resources and courses focusing on mindset shifts, including addressing limiting beliefs (

  4. Provides tools, articles, and exercises for identifying and transforming limiting beliefs (

Books about Limiting Beliefs

Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself by Dr. Joe Dispenza:

  • Delves into the neuroscience behind changing limiting beliefs and creating a new, more empowering reality.

You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero:

  • A humorous and motivating guide to challenging self-doubt and embracing your potential.

The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks:

  • Explores the "Upper Limit Problem" focusing on the limiting beliefs that hold us back from true success.

Other Resources about Limiting Beliefs

  1. Therapy or Coaching: Working with a therapist or coach can provide personalized support in uncovering and changing limiting beliefs.

  2. Workshops or Webinars:  Search for online events focused on overcoming limiting beliefs and personal growth.

  3. Podcasts: Explore podcasts on self-development and mindset, such as "The School of Greatness" or "Impact Theory," which often discuss limiting beliefs.

Part IV:  Disclaimer

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