We all have limiting beliefs. These little happiness suckers are our body’s misguided attempt at protecting us. Often times these beliefs are imprinted on us as a child and our subconscious uses the belief to avoid any sort of social, mental or physical pain.
As children we are very conscious about how our actions affect those around us. We consistently try to elicit positive reactions of love, praise and acceptance from adults, family, friends etc. What happens when our actions elicit negative responses? We realize that we do not like the feelings that stem from these negative responses and we do what we can to avoid eliciting that response again.
For example, let’s say you are at the supermarket and you ask your mom for a toy. In response, she says no and explains that it is too expensive. Now one experience may not elicit a limiting belief, but repeat this experience (even over years!) and I’d bet money that your subconscious instilled the limiting belief that you don’t deserve expensive things.
Children and adolescents are also very observing human beings. Simply observing parents continuously fight about money or put each other down is enough to instill a deep limiting belief. This isn’t to attack parents or to instill anxiety when raising kids. I am simply pointing out how it is so common for each and every one of us to have limiting beliefs. The important thing is to take action to recognize and eliminate these beliefs!
Simply by sitting in silence with ourselves and observing our reactions to triggering situations can give us great insight into our own limiting beliefs. For example, I have a plethora of limiting beliefs about my self-worth and money. My ego loves to run its mouth on and on about how I don’t deserve wealth, I am never going to be good enough, and I am always going to fail in my career.
However, I am not doomed to a life of believing this garbage. Simply by taking the time to recognize the limiting beliefs and refute them, immensely helps my psyche.
So throughout today, why don’t you observe the horrid limiting beliefs the ego likes to tell you? Perhaps you can identify ways that these beliefs are holding you back and keeping you from becoming the rockstar that you are!