26 Jul Stop “limiting” yourself
What if I told you that you had 3 minutes to prepare a speech that you would give in front of 1,000 people immediately? For most people this would be a huge shock to the system and an immediate stressor. As you read this did you notice your mind saying certain things like “There’s no way!”, “I can’t do that”, and “I can’t talk in front of large audiences!” These are non-empowering thoughts. It is important to recognize that these thoughts arise out of your conditioned mind – not your true self – which is based in fear and protection.
Being aware of these negative thoughts is the first step in being able to change them. Realize that whether you think you can or can’t do something, you’re right. Your perception is your reality. It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks because if you firmly believe that you can’t do something you won’t.
I have seen this so many times with clients. First of all I’m astonished at how little credit people give themselves and how little self-esteem most people have. For instance, I’ve asked clients of mine to perform push-ups on a stability ball only to hear “Oh, no…there’s no way! I can never do that. Are you crazy?!” I reply by saying “YES! Yes I am crazy! But so are you for not believing in your own abilities!” The amazing part is that within 1 or 2 attempts they have almost perfected the movement!
The limiting factor in 98% of cases is the limiting and negative psychology that is poisoning peoples’ minds. So, I encourage you right now to make a list of limiting beliefs that you have about achieving whatever goals are important to you. Once you’ve established this list, I’d like you to take each statement or limiting belief and rephrase it in the positive, crossing out the negative one for good.
For instance, a limiting belief might be the following: “I don’t have time to exercise and prepare healthy foods” This should be replaced with a positive statement like: “I always create time to exercise and prepare healthy meals because I know that they are very important in helping me achieve my goals!”
By replacing negative self-talk with positive affirmations, your body and mind will automatically change toward the latter more often. Remember, everything in your external world started in your internal world. It started as a thought, a feeling. And according to the Law of Attraction, what you focus on, expands so program your mind to focus on positive empowering thoughts instead of limiting, self-destructive, negative thoughts.
The great news is that the choice is yours. The bad news is the choice is yours. Either way you have the power and control to choose which conversations occur in your head. I’ll let you choose!
Inspiration gathered from “Eating for Energy” by Yuri Elkaim.