How to let go of limiting beliefs.

Limiting beliefs
Limiting beliefs

(Image via)

Last week's newsletter was all about those pesky voices nibbling away in your brain called limiting beliefs. In it, we challenged our readers to set a timer for 15 minutes and write down every thought or belief that came up around success.

Why, exactly, did we do this?

Because the sad truth is, most of us are carrying around thoughts and beliefs that have been with us since childhood.

Talk about out-dated, ill-fitting junk.

By taking stock of the beliefs we carry around about success, we know where to focus some time and energy into reshaping the story. It's amazing how many beliefs swim around in our brains, silently sabotaging us and causing us to interpret otherwise innocuous situations as proof that we are destined to fail.

So, how does one go about uncovering your limiting beliefs?

The best way we've found is to use a pen and paper and write them out.

When we write it out, we are physically taking them out of our brains and putting them on the paper. It also allows us to see any patterns that we may miss by typing or simply mulling it over in our heads.

It can help to set a timer for 10-15 minutes if the task feels too daunting.

Go ahead, write out your beliefs. We'll wait.

Finished? Great! How'd it go? Did you uncover some juicy nuggets? Any old stories that just don't resonate any more? Any beliefs that are serving you well?

Now for the fun stuff!

Now that you've identified those juicy nuggets, let make sure they aren't going to sabotage you any more.

You can:

  1. Rip it up, burn it, and/or flush them down the toilet. There is something very cathartic about getting the muck out of your head and then making it permanently disappear.
  2. Use a mantra.A current favorite is: "I forgive myself. I forgive you. I let it go. I release it." Or you can always use the simple, "I forgive you. I'm sorry. I love you." These mantras are most helpful when you can really feel the emotion underneath the belief and repeat the mantra until the emotions start to fade. You may have to do this 10+ times, and multiple days in a row.
  3. Tap it out.The Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)—also known as tapping—is a really powerful way to release beliefs and emotions on a very physical level. This is a great primer on tapping from Nick Ortner.
  4. Replace the old limiting beliefs with a more positive one. This is where those beautiful affirmations can come in. Once you've identified what the current belief is, it becomes easier to start shifting the conversation in your head. You'll be surprised how powerful this action can be, particularly when you've found the affirmation that connects most deeply.

We'd love to hear what you thought of this exercise.

What were your biggest a-ha moments? Where do you feel like you need to do some extra work to shift the narrative?

Leave a comment below or feel free to shoot us an email.