Clearing the Clutter: How to Overcome Self-Limiting Beliefs

We all want to succeed in life, but there are times when we feel stuck and unmotivated.

We all want to succeed in life, but there are times when we feel stuck and unmotivated.

We start believing that something is wrong with us because we are unable to succeed in life. Many of us have given up on writing down our goals because we believe we can’t achieve them.

“I don’t have time” or “I’m too old” and “I don’t have enough education” are examples of self-limiting beliefs that keep us from succeeding in our lives. Limiting beliefs are filled with fears that contribute to our lack of self-confidence and therefore reduce our ability to live a successful life.

I love this quote from Wayne Dyer: “The only limits you have are the ones you believe in.”

Undoubtedly, many self-limiting beliefs come directly from our childhood and are ingrained in our brains. The good news is that you can let go of beliefs that no longer serve you and replace them with new beliefs about yourself.

How I Challenged My Self-Limiting Beliefs
“My English is not good enough to write” was my daily mantra. I was also afraid of failure and rejection. Then, 20 years ago, I published my first article. That day my life changed forever.

If you have beliefs that are holding you back, now is the time to address them head on. Stop them from keeping you up at night and preventing you from achieving your goals.

Recognize self-limiting beliefs
The first part of overcoming self-limiting beliefs is identifying them, recognizing their impact, locating their source, and evaluating their accuracy.

Many of us have beliefs so ingrained in our brains that we don’t even know they exist. To find them, start listening to the negative thoughts that come up when you’re considering making a change in your life.

What negative thoughts go through your head, even for a split second? These self-limiting beliefs are getting in your way and need to be crushed.

Remove self-limiting beliefs
Here are some methods to do it. First, develop a different belief.

One way to believe in yourself is to do things outside of your comfort zone. Take the first step to helping others succeed while building your self-esteem. Being able to take responsibility for your own life is a sure recipe for success.

Replacing negative thoughts is a key to overcoming self-limiting beliefs.

My daily mantra: “I’m ready and I can do it.”

Becoming your own cheerleader can give you the boost you need to keep going.

Keep Self-Limiting Beliefs Silent
It takes deliberate planning to overcome self-limiting beliefs. Take the time to identify and reinforce new beliefs that will support your new life.

For most of us, we are the biggest and only obstacle to our success. Letting go of self-limiting beliefs is an important step in getting the life you want and deserve.

Do you know what is holding you back? Finding out the reason(s) is the first step. Having a plan and a simple solution is the next step. Let’s do it.

My website (see below) has books, coaching programs and published articles to help you achieve the success you desire.

If you are faced with a challenge, I suggest Chris Walford Counseling: [email protected]

Life Coach Ranka Burzan owns a professional organization business based in the Qathet region and has written several books on reducing clutter and improving organization. Visit for more information.


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