Top 10 Self Limiting Beliefs to Banish from Your Life

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Both positive and negative beliefs about ourselves make our mindset that strongly impacts how we relate to ourselves and other people. 

The subconscious belief system about ourselves, other people, and the world around us influence our thoughts, feelings, and behavior. It determines the quality of our relationships, shapes our life satisfaction, and affects our emotional well-being.

Most of our beliefs are created in early childhood but continue manifesting throughout our adult lives. 

What are Self-Limiting Beliefs?

Self-limiting beliefs are negative perceptions or assumptions that you have about yourself and your place in the world. Such beliefs can prevent you from achieving success and negatively impact your health and well-being. 

Self-limiting scripts typically develop during early childhood in response to painful experiences. 

For example, if you grew up in a toxic family, you may have developed subconscious self-limiting beliefs to protect yourself from being hurt. So, your pattern of relating to yourself was shaped by the way your parents related to you. For example, if you were raised in a family with insecure attachment styles, you may have grown up believing that you are not good enough if you don’t meet others’ expectations.

To justify the parents’ unloving behavior, you explained it by thinking of yourself as inadequate and unlovable. But, unfortunately, such self-limiting beliefs can settle in for life. 

How to Break Free of Your Self-Limiting Beliefs?

The shift in mindset from believing that you are not (good, intelligent, lucky, pretty, skilled…) enough to accepting that you are enough and perfect as you are can make a significant improvement in your health, relationships, and life satisfaction. 

Practicing positive affirmations is one of the most effective ways to overcome self-limiting beliefs and establish a positive self-image.

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Positive Affirmations

Affirmations or positive statements are thoughts about yourself that promote positive self-perception and self-acceptance.

Writing down positive statements about yourself every day can help overcome negative thoughts that trigger emotional distress and prevent reaching your goals. In addition, affirmations can considerably improve your confidence and self-esteem, boost your mood, reprogram your subconscious mind, and help break free of self-limiting beliefs.

Top 10 Self Limiting Beliefs (And What to Tell Yourself Instead!)

  • Limiting Beliefs about Love 

I don’t deserve to be loved.

Positive affirmations to tell yourself instead:

  • I am worthy of love. 
  • I am loved and appreciated.
  • I genuinely love myself completely. 
  • I love who I am.
  • I attract love.

I will never find the right person.

Positive affirmations to tell yourself instead:

  • I attract positive people
  • I am deserving of true love and respect.
  • I attract love and romance into my life.
  • I am constantly surrounded by love.
  • I am attracting relationships based on love, trust, and respect.
  • My love life gets better and better.
  • My heart is open to give and receive love. 
  • Limiting Beliefs about Life

 Change is too hard.

Positive affirmations to tell yourself instead:

  • I embrace changes in my life. 
  • I am willing to learn, grow, and change.
  • I am prepared to work hard. 
  • I choose prosperity over failure. 
  • I am not afraid of change.

There is no point in dreaming big; life will always disappoint you.

Positive affirmations to tell yourself instead:

  • I will never give up on my dreams.
  • I am determined to succeed. 
  • I strive to be my best version. 
  • I am equipped with the skills I need to succeed. 
  • I am intrinsically motivated to achieve my goals. 
  • I choose to be optimistic. 
  • Limiting Beliefs About Yourself

I am not good enough.

Positive affirmations to tell yourself instead:

  • I love myself unconditionally.
  • I am intelligent and capable of great things. 
  • I love being me.
  • I am unique.
  • I trust myself.
  • I am talented.
  • I am kind. 
  • I am confident. 
  • I believe in myself and my abilities. 
  • I am enough and complete.

I am not pretty enough. 

Positive affirmations to tell yourself instead:

  • I am unique.
  • I love my body.
  • I am beautiful.
  • I am blessed with good health.
  • I become more confident every day.
  • My body is a beautiful expression of my uniqueness. 
  • Limiting Beliefs about Work

I don’t have enough experience/knowledge.

Positive affirmations to tell yourself instead:

  • I have confidence in my knowledge and experience. 
  • My mistakes don’t define me.
  • I can accomplish anything I focus on.
  • I am intelligent enough to succeed. 
  • I am capable of achieving my professional goals.
  • I truly believe in my knowledge and abilities.
  • I feel confident about the decisions I make.

I’ll never be successful at what I do.

Positive affirmations to tell yourself instead:

  • I am not afraid of trying and failing.
  • I am willing to learn from my mistakes. 
  • I am doing my best. 
  • I believe in myself. 
  • I am successful.
  • I have unique skills and talents. 
  • Limiting Beliefs about Money

I will never make enough money.

  • I will get rich doing what I love.
  • I am attracting prosperity and money.
  • I deserve to be rich. 
  • I am attracting an abundance of money.
  • I release all that blocks the flow of money onto my life.

Money only causes problems. 

  • Money is the root of comfort and ease.
  • I let go of all my fears about money.
  • I am wealthy and happy. 
  • I will attract money to feel free and happy. 
  • I appreciate the money I have right now. 
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Everyone experiences self-limiting beliefs now and then. However, persistent limiting beliefs can adversely affect every aspect of your life, preventing you from reaching your full potentials. 

Self-limiting beliefs are typically unconscious and difficult to recognize. They usually present themselves through self-critical thoughts, procrastination, perfectionism, imposter syndrome, and other self-sabotaging patterns that cause problems in all aspects of your life.  

Mindfulness practice can help you identify and observe your self-sabotaging beliefs. Mindfully observing your thinking patterns and practicing positive self-talk is critical in breaking free of your self-limiting beliefs. 

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