We all believe certain things about the world. That the sun rises in the east, that Fridays are more fun than Mondays or that debt reduction is the way to reduce global poverty. Some of these beliefs are shared with many people (and we think of them as The Truth); some are more unique to us and our close friends and family. Of these beliefs many will be empowering or useful for our wellbeing, success or growth. Others, that used to be useful, will have now become outdated or inaccurate in terms of how we live our lives or what we have discovered to be true about how the world or the system works. Such beliefs are now limiting beliefs as they constrain or block our ability to be free, to grow and to be successful.
Many of these limiting beliefs will once have been useful for us, put in place by our inner mind so that we could feel safe, or so that we could make some kind of sense of a complex world. But these mental walls that we erected to keep the chaos and dangers of the world out soon become walls that keep us inside – locked into a small zone of operation, keeping us playing small and not being as big as we know we could be. So in order to reach our full potential it is vital that, as we grow, we start to question some of these limiting beliefs, test out whether they help or hinder our goals and then choose to keep them, edit them or simply discard them and choose new ones.
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