We all have those pesky little beliefs that keep us stuck and prevent us from achieving our goals. If you’re like most, you have a lot of limiting beliefs that are holding you back. You may not even realize it, but these beliefs keep you from achieving your goals and living your best life. Fortunately for you, in this post, I’ll explain what limiting beliefs are, why getting rid of them is important, and provide you with the most common Limiting Beliefs Lists. Read on to learn more!
What are limiting beliefs?
We all have limiting beliefs – those little stories we tell ourselves about who we are and what we’re capable of. Often, these self-defeating beliefs are subconscious – we don’t even realize we have them until someone points them out to us.
Many of our limiting beliefs come from negative self-talk. We tell ourselves things like, “I’m not good enough,” “I’ll never be successful,” or “I don’t deserve happiness.”
This negative self-talk can become a self-fulfilling prophecy and prevent us from reaching our goals.
I, for one, used to hold many limiting beliefs (a lot of them are listed in the list below), which I’m currently working to overcome.
I used to notice other people around me who seemed to have it all figured out. Everyone else seems to be one step ahead of me. They appear to know what they’re doing and where they’re going in life, whereas I have no idea. I’m not even sure what I want. Whenever I make a decision, I doubt myself and wonder if it’s the right thing to do. As a result, I do nothing and stay stuck where I am.
I used to be very critical of myself. Why not? I couldn’t even get my life in order. So I’m not good at anything, or at least not good enough to succeed at it.
That’s what I used to tell myself, over and over again.
It’s like a broken record, playing in my head on an endless loop. And the worst part is, I believed it. I really did think (and sometimes still do) that I’m not good enough.
So, now, I’m trying to remind myself that I am worthy and deserving of love and success. I am worthy of happiness. I am not perfect, but that doesn’t mean I am not good enough.
Even though it was difficult to admit, I now realize that many of my limiting beliefs were holding me back. So, I learned to have more faith in myself and to stop overthinking everything. Only then did I regain control of my life and begin to move forward.
I sometimes get frustrated and discouraged, but I try to remind myself that everyone’s journey is unique. Just because my path isn’t clearly laid out in front of me doesn’t mean I’m not making progress. I may not know where I’m going, but as long as I keep moving forward, I’ll get there eventually.
So, what is a limiting belief?
A limiting belief is a self-imposed limitation, usually subconscious, we put on ourselves that keeps us from reaching our full potential.
They’re the negative thoughts and beliefs that tell us we can’t do something or are not good enough to achieve our goals.
Simply put, limiting beliefs are beliefs that prevent us from progressing.
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How Limiting Beliefs Hold You Back
Limiting beliefs are usually based on fear. We’re afraid of failure, of looking stupid, of being rejected. So we create these limiting beliefs as a way to protect ourselves. We tell ourselves that we’re not good enough, that we’ll never be successful, that we don’t deserve happiness. And in doing so, we limit our own ability to achieve those things.
The good news is, once you become aware of your limiting beliefs, you can start to change them.
You can choose to believe in yourself and your ability to achieve great things. You can start taking risks and stepping outside your comfort zone. And you can begin investing energy into taking action – because you believe it will produce results.
When you change your limiting beliefs, anything becomes possible.
So, don’t wait any longer; get rid of your limiting beliefs right now and start achieving your goals.
Don’t worry if you don’t know where to begin; I’ll give you a list of the ten most common limiting beliefs so you can see which ones resonate with you the most and start working to overcome them.
The effects of having limiting beliefs
As you can already imagine, limiting beliefs can significantly impact our lives. They can keep us from reaching our full potential and achieving our goals. If we don’t challenge our negative thoughts and beliefs, they can become self-fulfilling prophecies.
Some of the effects of having limiting beliefs include:
- Low self-esteem and lack of confidence
- Fear of failure
- Negative thinking
- Missed new opportunities
- A fixed mindset
These beliefs have a negative impact on your life because limiting beliefs stop or prevent you from:
- Pursuing your dreams
- Achieving your goals
- Being happy and fulfilled
- Living a life you love
- Reaching your full potential
- Taking risks
- Being successful
The most common limiting beliefs list that holds you back from your full potential
Now that you know what limiting beliefs are and their effects on your life, the below list will show you what they look like in action.
Limiting beliefs list examples:
This is a list of people’s ten most common limiting beliefs that prevent them from reaching their full potential and achieving their goals.
#1. I’m not good enough.
This is one of the most common limiting beliefs, which is at the root of many others. And it’s probably the one you’re most familiar with.
“You are not good enough.”
I’ve heard those words spoken to me throughout my life, in different ways, and from different people.
But I’ve also heard them said to other people. I’ve heard them spoken by parents to their children. Said by teachers to their students and by bosses to their employees. I’ve even heard them spoken by friends to each other.
The message is always the same: you are not good enough.
And as many, you may have experienced criticism or comparison to someone superior at some point in your life, leading you to assume that you are not good enough.
Or maybe you’ve set high standards for yourself and feel like you’re falling short.
But the problem with that message is that it’s not accurate. Everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses. And everyone has something to offer.
You are good enough just the way you are. So, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!
#2. I can’t do it.
This common limiting belief can hold you back in all areas of your life.
If you believe you can’t do something, then you probably won’t even try. Why bother if you know you’re going to fail?
This belief is often based on past experiences. Maybe you’ve tried something before, and it didn’t work out. So you assume that you can’t do it.
Or maybe you’ve never tried because you’re afraid of failing. You don’t want to risk it. So you just tell yourself you can’t do it because it’s easier like that.
The problem with this belief is that it’s not always accurate. Just because you failed at something before doesn’t mean you can’t do it. And just because you’ve never tried something doesn’t mean you can’t do it.
You might be surprised at what you’re capable of if you just try it.
#3. I don’t have enough time/money/resources.
This is another common limiting belief; the idea that you need certain things to achieve your goals.
For example, you might want to start your own business. But you tell yourself that you don’t have enough money to start. Or you want to return to school but tell yourself you don’t have enough time.
But the thing is that you can find ways to start your own business with very little money. And you can find ways to fit school into your schedule.
Yes, you might need a little creativity and resourcefulness, but achieving your goals is usually possible even if you don’t have all the resources you think you need.
As the saying goes, “where there’s a will, there’s a way.”
#4. It’s not possible for me
A lot of us hold the limiting belief that while something may be possible for someone else, it is not so for us.
Maybe you want to be a successful artist but don’t think it’s possible because you don’t believe you have what it takes to succeed as an artist.
Or maybe you want to move to a different city, but you don’t think it’s possible because you can’t afford it because you need to have a trust fund to do so.
The issue with this mindset is that it is founded on the incorrect premise that everyone else is more talented/lucky/privileged than you. That, however, is not the whole picture.
Maybe there are more privileged people than you, but you can’t let that stop you. Because the truth is that many people who were less fortunate than you started from nothing and succeeded.
Do you know why?
Because they believed in their own abilities.
The truth is if someone else can do it, so can you!
#5. I don’t deserve it.
This limiting belief is based on the idea that you are not worthy of good things.
Maybe you’ve been through some tough times and feel like you don’t deserve to be happy.
Or maybe you’ve made some mistakes in the past, and you feel like you don’t deserve to have a good life.
The problem with this belief is that it’s not true. Everyone deserves to be happy and have a good life.
So let go of this limiting belief and open yourself up to all the good things waiting for you.
#6. It’s too risky.
This limiting belief holds you back from taking chances and trying new things.
You might want to quit your job, change career or start your own business. But you tell yourself it’s too risky.
Or you might want to travel the world, but you tell yourself it’s too risky.
The problem with this belief is the false assumption that life is supposed to be safe and predictable.
But the truth is, life is full of risks. And if you want to achieve something great, you must be willing to take risks.
#7. It’s too late.
This limiting belief is based on the idea that it’s too late to make a change or achieve your goal.
Maybe you want to learn a new skill, but you tell yourself it’s too late because you’re too old now.
Too late for what?
Life is never too late for anything.
There’s no deadline for achieving your goals. The truth is, you can achieve your goals at any age.
There are countless examples of people who achieved success when they were old:
- One example is Ray Krok, who founded McDonald’s in his 60s.
- Another example is Colonel Sanders, who started KFC in his 70s.
- And finally, there’s Grandma Moses, who didn’t start painting until she was in her 70s and became one of the most famous American folk artists.
These examples show us that it’s never too late to achieve success.
#8. I don’t know how.
I don’t know how.
It’s a simple phrase, but it can hold much power.
Maybe you want to start your own business but don’t because you say you don’t know how.
The problem with this belief is that it’s predicted on the false assumption that you need to know everything before you can start. But the truth is, you don’t need to know everything.
You can learn as you go.
I didn’t know how to start my business, but I learned as I went. And I still don’t know how to do many things, but I learn as I go. And so can you!
This realization has helped me take more risks and try new things, even if I don’t feel like I have all the necessary skills or knowledge. And it’s made all the difference in my life.
So instead of using “I don’t know how” as an excuse, use it as motivation to find out. Get started and figure it out along the way. When you take this approach, there’s no limit to what you can achieve.
#9. I need to change/do… before I can…
I used to have many limiting beliefs that held me back from achieving my goals. One of the most common ones was the belief that I needed to change something about myself before I achieved what I wanted.
I’ve always been a bit of a control freak. I like things to be perfect, and I’m always looking for new information and skills to help me improve my work. This pursuit of perfection has led to limiting beliefs that have hampered my progress in life. One of those beliefs is that I must know everything before beginning anything new.
For example, when I first considered starting this website, I felt I wasn’t skilled enough and needed to learn more about the subject, or else no one would be interested in what I had to say because I wasn’t knowledgeable enough.
Maybe you want to be more confident, but tell yourself you must lose weight first. Or perhaps you want to be a writer but keep telling yourself that you must get qualified first.
The problem with these beliefs is that they’re false assumptions that we need to be perfect before achieving something. But the truth is, there’s no such thing as perfect.
You can achieve your goals even if you have flaws and imperfections.
Nowadays, whenever I doubt my abilities, I try to remind myself of this. It has enabled me to let go of my perfectionism and start accomplishing things.
#10. What if I fail?
This limiting belief is based on the fear of failure.
Maybe you don’t want to try something new because you’re afraid of failing.
Or maybe you don’t want to take a risk because you’re afraid of failing.
The issue with this belief is that it is founded on the false idea that failure is bad. But the truth is that failure is not a bad thing.
Failure is a part of life!
You will fail at some point in your life. But that’s okay because it’s through failure that we learn and grow.
So, don’t let the fear of failure hold you back. Embrace it and learn from it.
Remember, you can achieve anything you set your mind to. But first, you need to believe in yourself!
Limiting beliefs can be a significant obstacle on the road to success. However, by becoming aware of these beliefs and identifying them, you can start working to overcome them and replace them with new beliefs.
The examples in the list above are the most common limiting beliefs that hold people back from achieving their goals.
But remember, you are NOT your limiting beliefs. You have the POWER to change them.
So, don’t let them hold you back any longer. Start working towards your goals and achieve the success you deserve.
Final thoughts on why it’s so important to overcome limiting beliefs now!
Limiting beliefs are dangerous because they hold you back from your full potential. They keep you in a comfort zone where you’re not challenged and don’t grow.
The good news is you can overcome limiting beliefs. And when you do, you unleash your true potential and achieve things you never thought possible.
I, for one, I’m still a work in progress, just like everyone else. I’m doing my best with what I have and always learning and growing. I may not be perfect, but I’m perfectly imperfect. And I’m perfectly capable of living a happy, fulfilled life – despite my flaws and shortcomings.
And so are you!
So, don’t let your limiting beliefs keep you from reaching your full potential. You are good enough – just as you are!
Which of the limiting beliefs on the list above is most relatable to you? Please share your thoughts in the section below.
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