3 Ways To Conquer Limiting Beliefs

What you believe is ultimately your truth. Your beliefs create and define your reality and your existence, and the stronger your beliefs, the more absolute they seem, the more you will search for evidence to support them in order to prove them true.

If you believe you are going to go far in life, you probably will. If you don’t believe you will ever be able to do anything in life, you probably won’t. As Henry Ford said, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.”

Your limiting beliefs are your beliefs that hold you back. They are the beliefs that you reference when you tell yourself that you are not good enough, or smart enough, not talented enough, and so on. I think you get the idea.

The unfortunate news is that most of the beliefs that you have formed about the world, life, and even yourself, are not true. They are only true to you because somewhere along the line, either consciously or unconsciously, you decided they were. Most of these beliefs are not even based on your own personal life experiences or what you have learned on your own. Your friends, your family, and coworkers more than likely projected most of your limiting beliefs onto you at some time in your past. So often many of the beliefs that limit us are not even our own!

Another way to view your limiting beliefs is that they are the programming errors in your mind. They are the bugs in your software. Fortunately, just like with any other software, you CAN debug and reprogram yourself. Is it easy? No… but you CAN do it.

Here are three steps you can use to get rid of those old beliefs and to create more powerful and useful beliefs for yourself:

  1. Understand that you are not that belief. – Most beliefs are so difficult to change because you identify with them and believe they are an unchangeable part of who you are. If you think you’re not talented or perhaps smart, you’ll see yourself as someone who just wasn’t born with that ability. It’s easy to get caught up in allowing our beliefs to define us, but they don’t have to. So stop identifying with or defining yourself based on what you believe.
  2. Question your conclusions about yourself. – Whatever you think you know to be certain about yourself is probably a lot more flexible than you think. Make it a habit of asking yourself, “Is this a fixed belief?” Question (and question again) all of the conclusions you have about what you think to be true, fixed or possible.
  3. Challenge your assumptions about yourself. – You should never make assumptions – especially about yourself. Always be willing to push your boundaries, challenge and test any assumptions that you have about yourself in order to move beyond your limiting beliefs. Take some type of action that puts your assumptions to the test. You will never know what you can actually do until you get out there and do it.

If you could use some help moving past a belief that’s been keeping you from getting the results you want, these three tips will definitely help. They might seem simple, but these basic steps can move you past any limiting belief that you might have and might be holding you back.


Andy Wooten M.A. Counseling – Certified Life Coach – Aspen, Colorado


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