Do you feel you take 10 steps forward only to get drawn back 100 steps? You dream big and yet every single day, you achieve so little or nothing.
We cannot achieve success or realize our potential if we are held back by limiting beliefs. We need to get rid of these convictions if we want to successfully achieve our dreams.
According to Changing Minds, limiting beliefs constrain us in some way. When we have these convictions, we impoverish our lives.
Everyone has a limiting belief within them. It is what you decide to do with them that makes the difference between being a successful or unsuccessful person.
Let’s delve right into the seven limiting beliefs which affects most people.
1. I’m not good enough
What makes you think you are not good enough?
Is it your past experiences? Is it the opinions of other people?
No matter what it is, you need to know you are great. You need to believe in yourself. Every single person on this planet Earth has something to offer and you do too.
No one comes into the world good enough but everyone can improve through deliberate practice.
Simone Biles, an American artistic gymnast, was named by NBC Olympics as the best gymnast that ever lived. According to Women’s Health, she spends a minimum of six hours per day in the gym daily and infuses rigorous moves such as cross-training and strength-training into her workouts.
Takeaway: Practice daily and you will experience outstanding results.
2. I’m not smart enough
I have a friend who we all believed wasn’t smart enough. Her lecturers, her friends and even her boyfriend thought she wasn’t smart enough. What we didn’t realize was she hadn’t found her passion. Back at the University, she kept repeating courses. She graduated three years after we graduated. Today, she is an icon in sales making millions from her sales courses and marketing strategies. The truth is she was smart; she simply hadn’t found her sweet spot.
Takeaway: Not being smart enough cannot stop you from achieving your dreams.
3. I don’t have what it takes to succeed
Who has what it takes to succeed? No one. You need to have a dream, believe in yourself and, then you achieve it. It is possible to succeed no matter where you are right now.
Jack Ma, the founder and chairman of the Alibaba Group applied for 30 different jobs and was rejected by all 30 of them. One of the jobs he applied for was with KFC. Twenty four people applied for the job. Twenty three were accepted; he was the only who wasn’t accepted. He also applied 10 times to Harvard University and was rejected every single time.
He could have said to himself ‘I don’t have what it takes to succeed. I should give up now’ but he didn’t. Today, his net worth is ranked by Forbes at $33.5 billion.
Takeaway: You have what it takes to succeed. You simply need to believe it.
4. I’m not healthy enough
I remember reading ‘Unshakeable’ by Tony Robbins and he talked about how he has a tumor in his brain. I was shocked. How on earth can a man as powerful as Tony have a tumor in his brain? Doesn’t sickness have respect for some people?
Sickness can afflict any one at anytime. We have to make the most of the hand we are dealt in life. Tony didn’t allow the sickness to stop him and you shouldn’t either.
You owe it to yourself to exercise, eat the right foods and research every medical and natural method possible to heal (I prefer the natural method). But in doing this, don’t give up. No matter how sick you are right now, you can still achieve your dreams.
Takeaway: Remember Helen Keller and Jon Morrow. They maximized the odds and achieved their dreams.
5. I didn’t go to the right schools
Richard Branson had dyslexia and struggled in school. He dropped out at 16. He started a youth-culture magazine called Student. He also launched Virgin Records in 1973. Today, the Virgin Group holds more than 200 companies in more than 30 countries. His net worth is ranked by Forbes at $5 billion.
Takeaway: Go to school if you want to. But this doesn’t guarantee your success in life.
6. I don’t have enough money
You can start from nothing today. You don’t need money to succeed.
What you need is a dream, determination and hard work.
Oprah Winfrey was born into a poor family in Mississippi. She won a scholarship to Tennessee State University and became the first African American TV correspondent in the state at 19. In 1983, she moved to Chicago to work for a morning talk show which would later be called the “Oprah Winfrey Show”.
Today, Oprah’s net worth is ranked by Forbes at $3 billion. Her OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) had its most watched year in 2016.
Takeaway: Stop worrying about money. Start from where you are right now.
7. I’m an introvert
Can you be successful as an introvert? We expect successful people to be charismatic and vivacious extroverts. But this is not often the case.
Mark Zuckerberg, the co-founder and CEO of Facebook is the most famous introverted entrepreneur. He surrounds himself with business-savvy extroverts, like his COO Sheryl Sandberg. His ability to live in his own world has helped him to be incredibly focused and redefine technology.
Takeaway: Surround yourself with extroverts but maximize your introverted nature to deeply focus and do outstanding work.
Limiting negative beliefs plague us every day. It’s a part of our lives whether we like it or not. However, we must decide now to get rid of them. If we don’t, we will not realize our potential nor achieve success.
Will you let limiting beliefs stop you?
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Dedicated to your success,
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