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Career Tips - April 8, 2022

These 7 Self-limiting Beliefs May be the Reason You’re Not Successful Yet

Self-belief is the cheat code if the world we live in is a simulation. Too many people have been raised with self-limiting beliefs that prevent them from reaching their full potential.

We are exactly who we think we are. And the world rewards us according to how much we believe. This is something you should keep in mind.

Self-limiting beliefs is a mental state or self-perception that confines you in some way. 

These ideas are frequently inaccurate allegations about yourself that might have a variety of unpleasant consequences.

For example, if your limiting belief is that you’re bad at inspirational speaking, you’ll probably pass up any chance to share your knowledge with others in a group environment.

Self-limiting beliefs can also trap you in a bad mood, preventing you from taking advantage of new possibilities and life experiences while also wreaking havoc on your mental health. 

That’s why it’s critical to focus on your self-awareness and self-esteem as well.

Here are 7 self-limiting beliefs and how to rise above them.


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1. Life is hard

Life is well-balanced, there are easy times and hard times. Progress and happiness are enabled by the dualism between these two. 

You’ve probably heard that if you don’t experience the difficult times, you won’t be able to appreciate the good times.

However, one of the most damaging self-limiting beliefs is the belief that life is always hard, and that you must suffer until the day you die. People who think like this believe that life is merely a series of challenges. 

They embrace this concept as absolute truth and then live their lives as if it were written in stone and they had no choice but to suffer by God or the universe. 

Life being hard is a choice. You choose to make your life difficult. You can make your life difficult today in order to make it easier afterwards. 

Your acts today should have a positive impact on tomorrow’s actions. However, not every action has that kind of long-term impact.

2. I can’t learn anything new, because I don’t have the mental capacity for it 

You might believe that if you didn’t perform well in school, you won’t be able to succeed in life. The real world, on the other hand, is nothing like you imagined it to be.

A fish’s ability to climb a tree is what the school judges. People learn in different ways, and today’s world requires A students to work for C students.

Every successful person has mastered the skill of learning. People in business and those that are successful learn in a totally different way than the rest of us. The ability to learn how to learn is a valuable skill.

3. People who are rich are evil 

The fact is, you will never become what you hate. You will never be successful if you believe successful people are bad. 

If you believe that successful people are lucky, you will never be successful since you are plainly not. Rich people aren’t necessarily bad, they simply had a different education than you. 

By education, we don’t just mean going to school, we mean learning how the market works, how money moves, and how to be a part of it.

The key to overcoming this self-limiting notion is to grasp the golden rule of money, which states that you are not compensated on the basis of your work, but rather on the basis of your results. 

Just because you put in more time on something doesn’t imply you should be compensated accordingly. Only by increasing the value of the outcome can you improve your salary.

4. Nobody has ever made it from where I started.

This notion comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. Another adage goes, “It is hard to become rich unless you come from a rich family.” 

People who started in far worse circumstances than you have not only made it but have transitioned into a life of success and abundance.

Just because you had a difficult childhood doesn’t mean you’re doomed to live a life of misery. Accepting that you are the one who determines your fate is the only way to change it.

5. I won’t be able to do it because so and so tried and failed.

This boils down to the belief that I am not good enough to compete with them, so why bother? 

You should understand that you should never compare your journey to others, but also that we are all unique individuals with distinct experiences and viewpoints.

Never underestimate your potential to think outside the box and create answers where others have failed in the past. Give it your best shot and see how it turns out.

6. I’m not deserving of love

It’s all about trying new things in life, whether it’s discovering your passion, happiness, the love of your life, or your favourite dish. 

You have to take a chance on a lousy dinner in order to find a good one.

The attitude is different when it comes to becoming deserving of love. Life gives us what we ask for. 

The paradox of life is that if you believe you are undeserving of love, the world will respond accordingly, and you will be unloved. 

It’s your prior trauma that has caused you to feel this way, and you won’t be able to go forward unless you address it.

7. I’ll never be able to live the life I want to live because I’ll never have enough money.

The trouble with statements like this is that they shut the door. It’s a conclusive response. It leaves no room for growth. 

You’ve reached your decision, and that’s how things will continue to be in the future. It’s usually a matter of altering your viewpoint on things, and hence changing your actions, to overcome most of these self-limiting ideas.

Instead of speaking negatively to yourself, consider what you would need to happen in order to live the life you desire.


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