What Are Limiting Beliefs And How Do We Overcome Them?

ByDianna Toh

When I was a young little girl, I used to not sit on a swing, but stand and swing so high up that the swing was horizontal in both directions. I usually smile with glee when the swing just magically goes higher and higher. after the initial “hard work” of getting it into inertia.

I would be enjoying the wind on my face and hair and swinging even higher and higher. Until a voice screamed, “You will fall!”. Then what happened? I slowed down. And, after a few times being screamed at, it was no longer fun. I stopped going on a swing.

Have you experienced this before as a kid? We got encouragement and applause when we took our first few steps. Then when we started to run and wanted to run faster. Sometimes our well-meaning parents or people around us would say, “Don’t run, you will fall!” Then we stopped and slowed down.

These are limiting beliefs. A limiting decision is a choice or a decision that restricts our potential or narrows our options in the future. It can be a conscious or unconscious decision that we make, often based on our past experiences, beliefs, and fears. They shape who we become as adults.

In school, and at work, we accumulated a whole list of Limiting decisions and Limiting beliefs such as, I am not good enough, I am not smart enough, I am not strong enough, I don’t have the skills, and the list goes on.

What do we do about it?

The first step is to be aware and conscious of our Limiting beliefs, the beliefs that hold you back from reaching your full potential. They can be beliefs about yourself, others, or the world around you. These beliefs can be deeply ingrained and can hinder your personal and professional growth.

Do you know what is limiting you from your full potential?

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