Amongst the thousands of thoughts swirling around in our heads every day, limiting beliefs are the tricky little buggers that can secretly be holding us back from achieving our goals and dreams.
“Why would anyone listen to me?”
“Does what I have to say really matter?”
“I don’t have enough experience to be considered a true expert.”
“Do I even know what I’m talking about?”
“I know I won’t win, so why should I even try?”
“I’m not quite thin/pretty/smart enough.”
These limiting beliefs are natural parts of our thought processes and occur when we just don’t feel adequate enough or when we might compare ourselves to others.
Shifting our minds out of this negative place is a constant battle. In order to become a more positive person and to achieve your full potential, it’s important to continuously strive to improve upon your ways of thinking.
In today’s post, I’m sharing how I’ve changed my mindset throughout the years which has helped crush limiting beliefs and has improved my life.
Am I perfect? Of course not. I have many moments where I lose focus. But because I’ve now got a good base, I can turn things around so much more easily than before.
Some of the below may seem hokey, obvious or mundane. But I promise, putting them into practice will retrain your brain and help you have a more positive mindset and crush your limiting beliefs!
These are things you can do every day to keep your head in a positive place.
Affirmations | Visualizing
Whether or not you believe in the Law of Attraction, there is something to be said for negative energy attracting negativity & positive energy attracting positivity and success. I put affirmations and visualizing together because you can either do both or one of these for a few minutes a day and start seeing big changes in your life.
I am affirmations (“I am successful,” “I am here to help serve others,” “I am fit and healthy,” etc) are where you speak (or think) as if you already are what you want to be in the future. It sounds crazy but these affirmations can help you achieve goals and create positivity. It’s all about putting out positive energy. You can also practice visualization in conjunction with your affirmations. It’s pretty amazing and life changing actually. There are all kinds of I am affirmations on YouTube for all different types of things you want to focus on.
Taking a few minutes a day to free write or script your thoughts is incredibly calming. I have a gratitude/visualization journal that I write in each day. It helps me see how I want my future life to look like and put on paper what I’m thankful for.
Why did I put this under daily practices instead of the next section? Because inevitably, a negative thought (or a hundred) will enter your brain during the day.
Learning to redirect might be the most important practice you do each day.
The first step is to recognize limiting belief when it occurs and then turn it into an affirmation. For example: Limiting Belief: “How am I different from any other ‘influencer’ out there?” Affirmation: “I get to help women all over the world feel better about themselves and reach their social media goals. They need to hear my voice!”
Meditate | Pray
I feel like all of these kind of go hand in hand. Meditating can help you be more mindful. There is something about just being in the moment and focusing on breathing and stillness that brings calmness to an otherwise hectic day.
Praying daily can be extremely comforting if you pray. Often if people feel lost or in a bad place, practicing daily prayer helps bring direction and meaning to their lives and helps them focus on gratitude.
These are thoughts you can put in place if you find yourself in a negative headspace.
Control What You Really Can
I used to spend a lot of time worrying about what would potentially happen in the future as the result of something I’d done.
You can spend all the time in the world being anxious and worrying about the future. The fact is that no one can control what their future will be. Sure, we can all do certain things to help shape our lives, but there’s truly no way to know what the future is. And worrying about it is just a waste of time.
Instead of overthinking what hasn’t even happened yet, I focus my energy and time on being productive.
Remember when you were a kid and you used to daydream all the time? Nothing was too big, right? I’ve been doing a great job these past few years with setting pretty decent goals for myself. Setting these goals, putting them on paper and practicing daily scripting/affirmations/visualization has no doubt allowed me to achieve my goals.
It’s important to set goals. But it’s also important to dream. And dream big!
Mel Robbins has reminded me that even as adults we need to not be afraid to dream our biggest dreams. It’s just as important for us as adults as it was when we were kids. I just signed up for her free Best Decade Ever Challenge (no affiliation). You should join in!
Focus On Your Strengths
We all have things about ourselves that we try to hide or that we wish were different.
Instead of focusing on trying to change what you perceive to be weaknesses, strive to improve your strengths. You might find you’ll like yourself a little more and that your weaknesses don’t seem so annoying or so big.
Stop Dwelling on the Past
Say this with me: “The past is over. What’s done is done and cannot be changed. It’s time to move on.”
There is nothing . zero . nada that comes from dwelling on the past. The only thing you can do is use past choices or mistakes as life lessons to help move you forward toward a better life.
You Have the Power!
We’re human. It’s natural to have some negative thoughts creep into our brains from time to time. I hope this post helps you realize you have the power to crush your limiting beliefs and change your mindset!
Have any mindset shifts changed your life? Tell me about them!