Self-limiting beliefs are beliefs that are NOT true ... but they hold you back nonetheless. For example, you may tell yourself that you'll never achieve phenomenal success because you don't have enough education. Or you're the wrong age, race, or gender. You may tell yourself you'll never get ahead because of problems you're having with your family or current work relationships. Or you don't have any money, connections, or opportunities in your field. All of those things may be troublesome, but they do not prohibit you from achieving success. There are hundreds of thousands of people who have been in the same situation as you ... with the same problems you're having ... who accomplished great things anyway.
The only thing that can stop you is YOU and your self-limiting beliefs. As psychologist Dr. William James of Harvard University pointed out, your beliefs create your situation ... because you always act in a manner consistent with your innermost beliefs. If you belief you are incapable of success, you'll do a number of things to make sure you don't succeed. But if you believe you are capable of accomplishing good things, you will walk and talk and act like it, and your beliefs will come to life.So take a moment to identify some of your self-limiting beliefs. What beliefs do you have that are holding you back? Think about them. Remember, most of your self-limiting beliefs have no basis whatsoever in fact. They are based on information and ideas that you accepted as true, sometimes in early childhood, and to the degree you believe them, they are holding you back.
For instance, many people believe "I don't deserve good things. I'm not entitled to success, no matter how hard I work." Perhaps they were told by a parent, when they were young that "Don't get so big headed about your accomplishment ... It wasn't that big of a deal ... or ... Other folks have accomplished more."
The fact is you deserve every good thing you are capable of acquiring as the result of using your talents in a fair and honest way.