Limiting Beliefs Explained And Mastered 

 January 1, 2019

By  Craig Beck

Limiting Beliefs Explained

During your lifespan, you gather facts, information, and references that help you create your concept of reality.

Gradually, you develop more endorsements via the use of your creativity, through the information you obtain, by means of individual experiences, and through the effect of your friends and colleagues.

These references help you develop options about things. At some point, a few of these concepts become beliefs that are backed by more surety and psychological strength.

While keeping these beliefs, you are still pretty adaptable when it concerns your assumptions. However, through the process of repetitively thinking and enacting these points in reality, your judgments strengthen and ultimately become convictions.

Thoughts become things

These convictions are still pliable in the initial phases, nevertheless, gradually as you keep gathering more endorsements (that sustain each of these notions), they grow more powerful, more sturdy, and consistent.

At some point, in time you get to a specific phase in the development of each belief where it ends up being so heavily embedded and lodged in your nervous system that your assumptions can no longer be altered. And this is in spite of tremendous contrary proof (facts) that proves otherwise.

And that is basically the phase when a belief becomes a conviction.

When there are no available endorsements to put down the groundworks for a belief, some individuals rely on faith. Faith is simply a belief about something that has inadequate real-world endorsements sustaining it.

You have faith because you desperately wish to believe something. And when you desperately wish to believe something you will disregard the realities of the circumstance and rather use your creativity to help you generate the endorsements you require to sustain that idea

reticular activating system
reticular activating system

All limiting beliefs start with an idea

Gradually you will develop more endorsements in your imagination, and perhaps even locate real-world instances that help sustain those endorsements.

For example, chatting with folks who also share your faith can help establish sufficient endorsements to develop a firm belief, even though those endorsements are only based upon opinion and not fact.

These assists create the groundworks of your faith, thus, developing a platform for the development of a belief, and perhaps ultimately a conviction.

So how do you destroy limiting beliefs?

Separate the belief.

First, think about what the belief is that is restricting you. A lot of us make limiting choices without understanding that they are based upon flawed, limiting ideas.

Identify times where you have done something (or not done something) that appeared to restrict you somehow. Then ask ‘What beliefs resulted in this decision?’. Keep searching, inquiring ‘What belief governs that mindset?’ until you come to the limiting belief or beliefs.

Also, think about what concerns or scares you and so restricts you. What do you fear? Why? What opinions lead you to this kind of concerns?

Find the origin

Think back to when you first had the opinion. When did you initially believe this? What took place for you to assume it?

Were you advised to believe it by somebody? Was it a parent or guardian, teacher, or perhaps somebody who was not thinking in a kind way about you.

Was it based upon experience? Did you try something once, fell short and after that developed the belief that you were inept? Or that ‘other individuals’ think in specific ways?

Acknowledge the fallacy

In doing the above actions, you might already recognize that the limiting belief is just that: a belief which is both constrained and restricting. You are carrying it because you were told to or because it served to help you once.

Take some time to assess this and acknowledge the full level of the belief, how incorrect it actually is and particularly how it has restricted you previously. Do not hesitate to get upset and angry about this – it’s natural.

In carrying this out, you might need to accept that you are not faultless, which can be disturbing (be careful of limiting beliefs here as well). You should be free to learning and prepared to change.

commit to growing
Commit to growing

Form encouraging replacement theories

Whenever you wish to alter a belief, you might well need an enabling belief which will switch out the old one.

Beware with these, making them practical and not setting yourself up for discouragement. It may be more helpful, for instance, to think that you can do public speaking than to instantly believe you are first-rate at it. If you do not have a capability that needs to be studied, thinking you now have it is most likely to result in issues.

It is better to believe you have the ability to be taught (which is one of the most empowering mindsets you can have). Believing ‘I can’ may be more effective than presuming ‘I am’.

In a similar thread, if you thought yourself dumb, notice the difference between assuming you are not dumb instead of being smart. There is a distinction between ‘Not A’ and ‘B’, both of which might at first appear to be the opposite of ‘A’.

The technique is to take into consideration where the belief will take you, what will it let you think and do, and what proof will it produce, as in the next step.

Begin ‘as though’

A good kickoff point for numerous beliefs is to make believe the belief held true. Just make believe you are an actor and are going through the motions.

Your mind is not fantastic at recognizing when you are performing or not, so what you do will progressively become what you think. One explanation for this is the way the uniformity concept works. This is a traditional manner in which brainwashing works.

All you are doing is persuading yourself into the mindset that will serve you best.

limiting beliefs
Limiting beliefs explained

Generate proof of effectiveness

The most effective and unshakeable beliefs are those that are based upon tons of proof. So now you have acknowledged and stimulated your limiting beliefs and discovered empowering beliefs, then you need to begin generating the proof.

Depending upon what it is, you might be wiser to begin small. If you thought that you could not chat with complete strangers, try beginning with basic pleasantness, saying ‘thanks’ and ‘after you’, which right away shows that in fact, you can speak to unfamiliar people without issue.

Then expand with short small-talk, like about the weather or the football match on TV last night etc.

When you see success, regardless of how little, use this an affirmation. Tell yourself ‘I did this!’ and review how you are now a transformed man or woman, with no way back. When you have done anything new, it can not be reversed.

Keep building proof until the restricting belief feels silly and you are now at ease in your brand-new belief. Persistence and tenacity are crucial in this. Likewise look for other limiting beliefs which interfere (change these as well if you want to).

Ready to take this to the next level?

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Craig Beck

Craig Beck ([email protected]) is the author of several bestselling personal development books and audiobooks. 

Including Unleashed: How to love yourself more and unlock your full potential, available on Amazon, Audible and in all good bookstores.  

Craig is also a certified master practitioner of neuro-linguistic programming, hypnotherapy, timeline therapy and a highly in-demand international motivational speaker.

Craig Beck