How To Overcome Your Limiting Beliefs

Social psychology generally defines beliefs as convictions that the things held in the mind are true. Individuals are said to believe certain tenets if they believe they are likely to be true. Individuals are said to disbelieve tenets if they believe they are unlikely to be true.

"The only limits you have are the limits you believe in," said Wayne Dyer, an American self-help author, and a motivational speaker. Speaking of limited belief, it is a state of mind or belief about yourself that restricts you in some ways, these beliefs are frequently false accusations you make about yourself that can result in a variety of negative outcomes, such as "I'm not smart enough," and "I'll never be able to..."

These limiting beliefs are caused by a variety of factors although they all stem from the same place that is, your brain's desire to keep you safe from future pain. Fear, impostor syndrome, and past experiences are a few examples of triggers. Limiting beliefs frequently emerge at a young age and gradually evolve and reshape throughout your life as you encounter new experiences. Limiting beliefs could furthermore prevent positive beliefs from forming, whether you've had a painful experience that has caused you to fear similar encounters or are afraid of what's to come could influence the formation. Knowing the source of your limiting beliefs is an excellent way to comprehend the thought process that underpins them and begins to manage them.

How to overcome limiting beliefs:

  1. Identify one of your limiting beliefs- The first step in overcoming your limiting beliefs is identifying what they are. These beliefs frequently manifest as a thought in your head rather than something you say aloud. Putting your thoughts on paper could help you to distinguish between fact and fiction allowing you to see how false they are. They are typically classified into four categories: Limiting your beliefs about the world, Limiting your beliefs about other people, Limiting your beliefs about yourself, and entitled beliefs.
  1. Accept Responsibility- The most common reason people fail to achieve their goals is that they never accept responsibility in their lives. They choose to believe that their circumstances are out of their hands, that things just happen to them and they have no control over the circumstances. To learn how to overcome your limiting beliefs, you must first cultivate an internal focus of control, the belief that life happens for you rather than to you. Your fate is ultimately determined by your own actions. Question these thoughts and reframe them by telling yourself, "I have the abilities to succeed at everything I do." instead of "I'm not good enough to manage this project". 
  1. Adopt a new belief: Pick up something new to believe in that will help you to improve your life. This transition may be difficult. Depending on how long you thought about and lived through what led you to believe what you believe, it may have created an extraordinarily strong emotional bond and firmly rooted the belief. If you want to change, you must have the strength and courage to change the way you think and adopt a new belief.
  1. Don't give up:  When limiting beliefs creep in never give up. Remember that you are not alone. Everyone including leaders and entrepreneurs you admire has limiting beliefs.The important thing is to push past the limiting belief and not let it hold you back. Though it is easy to feel down when going through a negative cycle, push limiting thoughts away by taking some time for yourself. Sometimes all you need is a breath of fresh air to get you started on the right track.
  1. Put it into action: Take action and begin putting things in place that support your new belief. Conditioning yourself to new beliefs entails imagining the reality you want for yourself while visualising the outcomes you desire. Visualisation is an excellent method for building anticipation of your goals. You will start to mentally experience the desired outcome. This will send congruent signals to your brain, causing it to work for you.

You will not fail if you follow these methods as when we truly believe we are capable of success, we often achieve it. Be encouraged, every new success will only strengthen your convictions. You are now on your way to living your most powerful life!


Every limited belief does not stem from a negative event, it simply does not benefit us in our lives and it must be changed accordingly. Following these methods alone will not help us to improve our beliefs but it will happen only when you believe in yourself and have the motivation and the courage to improve and change your thoughts and beliefs.


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