Think back to high school (if you dare). If you were the last person picked for the kickball team in gym class, if your high school crush didn’t return your affections, if you flunked Calculus (not that I’d know anything about that) or didn’t share fashion sense with the rest of your peers…Chances are if you experienced any of those things, it’s likely that you are carrying some limiting beliefs about yourself that aren’t serving you – even to this day.
Have you ever had any of these thoughts?
- I’m not good enough
- There’s something wrong with me
- I don’t belong
- No one cares what I think anyway
- I can’t do that because (fill in the blank here)
Some of us believe that we have no chance of ever living the kind of life we want. Sometimes it’s something in your past that makes you think you would never make anything of yourself. Children and young adults are very impressionable and much of who we are as adults is because of what we experienced when we were younger. Something in our heads from these experiences keeps telling us something isn’t worth much effort because we won’t succeed anyway. This is simply not true but can quickly become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Don’t fall prey to the idea that something must be true because that’s what lots of people believe. Question your beliefs. It’s so tempting to take comfort in beliefs when the going gets tough. Beliefs are comforting, but they don’t always serve us well.
How to challenge your beliefs
- Step outside of your comfort zone: start doing things differently than you normally would; push yourself beyond your normal limits
- Believe in yourself: have faith that you are growing and changing for the better
- Stay positive: remember that failure is only temporary
- Question yourself: Why do you think or act in a particular way? How did you come to that decision? Is your belief based on the views of others or your own?
Challenging our beliefs is, well, challenging. But the growth we experience when we do it is worth the challenges and temporary growing pains.
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