Self-limiting Beliefs

Self-limiting beliefs stop us from living up to our potential. The following is an excerpt from a blog posting I ran across that sums it up nicely. The full posting can be viewed at

What is a Limiting Belief?

A belief is a conviction or generalization that is accepted as truth without positive proof or knowledge. A limiting belief is one that places artificial boundaries around your personal potential.

A Limiting Belief…

  • tricks you into not trying.
  • blinds you to the realities of the world.
  • stops you from taking risks.
  • keeps you where you are.
  • obstructs your growth.
  • keeps you repeating negative patterns.
  • prevents you from taking responsibility for your life.
  • prevents you from going after your dreams.
  • encourages procrastination.
  • gives you an excuse for not doing what you really want to do.
  • fills you with doubt and fear.
  • prompts you to find “evidence” to support it.
  • stops you from imagining the possibilities.
  • makes you feel negative and discontent.
  • prevents breakthroughs.

Here’s the truth: Beliefs are not facts. But they are just as powerful. Regardless of whether or not they are true, beliefs shape reality.

Common Limiting Beliefs

Listen to yourself. What lies are you telling?

  • I don’t have this skill.
  • I’m not good at this.
  • Others can do it better than me.
  • I’m not experienced enough.
  • I’m not smart enough.
  • I’m not important enough.
  • I’m too young.
  • I’m too old.
  • I don’t have the money.
  • I don’t have the time.
  • It’s just not in my genes.
  • It’s too hard.
  • I don’t deserve success.
  • I’m lazy.
  • Nothing ever works out for me.
  • Nobody ever notices the work I do.
  • I never get what I want.
  • This is just “the way it is.”
  • I have no control over this.
  • I have nothing to offer.
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