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How to Challenge the Self-Limiting Beliefs Keeping You From Your Greatest Potential
He'd started believing he was inadequate during childhood, and he held onto that belief throughout his life. His assumption that he would never amount to anything led him to be an underachiever. Since he concluded he wasn't smart enough, talented enough, or motivated enough to do much of anything, he'd created a lifestyle that reinforced those beliefs.

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Beliefs As Self-Fulfilling Prophecies

What you believe influences the way you interpret events, how you feel, and how you behave. And much of the time, those beliefs turn into self-fulfilling prophecies.

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Give Up Self-Limiting Beliefs

Challenge your beliefs by testing them to see if they're really true.
  • If you believe you're too socially awkward to make friends, ask yourself "What would I be d...

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Challenging Your Beliefs Takes Time

It's likely that everyone has a few self-limiting beliefs. 

To discover yours, spend some time thinking about your potential and assessing the...

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“If you don’t change your beliefs, your life will be like this forever. Is that good news?” 

Challenging areas in your life

Consider how you’re doing in the following areas:

  • Finances. Are you feeling financial pressure in your life? Do you have all the things you need or really want? How much money do you have in savings? Do you have the income you desire? Is that income secure?
  • Relationships. Are your relationships satisfying? 
  • Health. Are you taking good care of yourself? 
  • Fun & Adventure. Are you doing the things you really want to do?
  • Any other aspect of your life in which you’re experiencing dissatisfaction. 

If you’re not pleased with your life, a limiting belief could be the cause.

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How to change your mindset

The 3 steps to encourage a change in mindset:

  1. Observe your mindset.
  2. Challenge your beliefs
  3.  Build a “growth” muscle.

Observe your mindset

You can’t begin to change a “fixed” mindset until you recognize it. 

Notice if you rush to conclusions about fundamental abilities:

  • Do you tell yourself that you’re no good at a particular task, so there’s no point attempting it 
  • Do you believe that success in certain kinds of activities are reserved for people who are naturally gifted?
  • Do you worry that if you try your hardest and fail at something, you’ll be exposed as “no good”?

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