I think it was in college doing the coaching program that I heard this question, and I now ask myself constantly: Does it liberate or colonize you?
The danger of limiting beliefs is that they block and paralyze us. Learning capacity is reduced, and our ingenuity, the creative being that we are by nature, is ignored. They prevent us from achieving our goals, and many affect our emotional well-being.
A significant source of limiting beliefs comes from when we learn to say “we are not” when faced with something we do not know how to do. “I am like this,” “I am not capable,” “I am not worth it.” We merge our Being with Doing.
The three most common types of limiting beliefs:
1. Hopelessness. Is it possible?
“I know how to do it, but I don’t do it.”
“I have tried and failed.”
“Whatever I do, nothing is going to change.”
“It’s not worth all that effort.”
“it is what it is”
“it has always been done this way”
2. Impotence. Will I be capable of doing it?
“I don’t know how to do it.”
“I’m not good for that”
“I don’t have time.”
“I have no money.”
“It’s tough to get there.”
“I’m not able to get it.”
“I don’t know how to speak in public.”
“I don’t know how to sell.”
“It’s a hassle to do it.”
3. Undeserved. Do I deserve it?
“I don’t deserve it.”
“I’m not up to it.”
“I must be perfect”
What limiting beliefs have you identified that are not working in your favor today?