Energy Block #1: Limiting Beliefs
Henry Ford once said: “Believe you can, or believe you can’t. Either way you are right.” He was correct: if you believe that the outcome you’re looking for is highly improbable, you either won’t attempt it, or if you do you’ll invest very little energy into achieving that goal.
Below are some examples of limiting beliefs:
- Leaders are born, not made.
- You can’t have a job and be a good mother at the same time.
- You’re either born with creativity or you’re not.
- There’s no place for emotion’s at the workplace.
On a piece of paper list some beliefs that you have that might be limiting you in some way. How have those beliefs been limiting you? How ready are you to leave them behind and start living the life you really deserve?
How to Challenge Limiting Beliefs
Use the following exercise to help you overcome any belief that might be limiting you. On a separate sheet of paper:
- Write down a belief that is limiting you.
- On the left side of the paper have a column that reads: Proof that the belief is TRUE. On the right side of the paper place a column that reads: Proof that the belief is FALSE. Fill both columns and analyze your findings.
- Below that write down where this belief come from?
- Now below you’ll want to write down exactly how this belief is limiting you, and the effect it’s had on your life.
- Below that write down a new belief to replace your limiting one?
- Now look at the TRUE column and challenge each thing you wrote by asking “How true is that really?”
- Now write down a new, more empowering belief. Support it with new anecdotes, or evidence.
- Visualize yourself adopting and believing this new idea. How does it feel? What might you now be able to accomplish?