Limiting beliefs are negative stories you tell yourself. They are not true, they are not facts. However, these false stories prevent you from moving forward towards the success, love, and happiness you desire and deserve.
"You can't escape from a prison until you recognize you are in one. People who have chosen to live with the limits of their old beliefs continue to have the same experiences. It takes effort and commitment to break old patterns."
- Bob Proctor
Clearing your limiting beliefs is essential for your progress in life. The story that you tell yourself does matter. It's everything.
A belief is an unquestioned emotion of certainty about anything. It's a neural network that's been created. When something is reinforced and repeated, it becomes a belief.
Your beliefs become your habits. Paradigms are a collection of beliefs or a multitude of habits. However, nothing changes on the outside unless you change what happens in the inside first.
Your body is the hardware, and your beliefs is the software. You've got to have the right software, the right programming to get the hardware to do what you want. Your mind is an amazing tool, and when it's programmed properly, you can have anything. You just may need to change some files that have been saved in your marvelous storage unit.
Nobody is immune to limiting beliefs that come up every so often. Anytime you feel any negative emotion you know that you're moving in the wrong direction. You're out of the flow and out of alignment with what you truly desire in your life.
In general, these steps are common for many techniques that teach how to get rid of your negative thinking patterns and feelings:
There are many techniques you can use to clear your limiting beliefs. The clearer you are, the faster you are able to manifest your desires. Here are some very useful techniques:
Visualization, in a form or another, is the best technique you can use to release your limiting beliefs and eventually get what you desire.
All of the above mentioned techniques utilize visualization.
You're building new neural networks when you're visualising. Your mind can't tell the difference between what is real and what is not when you vividly, emotionally imagine it.
Start ”lying” to yourself. If you write down "a lie" and say it out loud to yourself long enough with a great feeling, it will become truth. That's a new belief then, a new story that you tell yourself.
It takes about 30 days to reprogram your mind. You need to do a visualization exercise daily. It's even better and more effective if you do the same exercise 2-3 times a day. You get further faster.
You inherit most of them. They are actually other people's beliefs and habits, because there are a lot of people who affect your life: Your parents, friends, teachers, colleagues, religious leaders, culture (= a group habit), the media, TV shows... you name it.
There are three primary ways of how you inherit your beliefs:
So, we've been conditioned to work from the outside to the inside.
To get what you want, you must work from the inside to the outside. This is strictly between you and yourself. No one else is involved.
The good news is that you can always change your negative beliefs and habits to positive ones. Choose the ones that serve you best.
"To be able to shape your future, you have to be willing and able to change your paradigm."
- Joel Barker, author of Paradigms