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In this episode Joel and Antonia talk about strategies to overcome limiting beliefs in your personal growth journey and life.

In this podcast on overcoming limiting beliefs you’ll find:

In 1954, Roger Bannister did something everyone thought was impossible. He ran a mile in less than 4 mins. Since then multiple people have done so. Nothing really changed, but it took him to prove to us it could be done.

Last podcast was on becoming an excellent communicator, and communicating our mission.

We’ve observed that the thing that holds people back is not a lack of tools but a general belief that they are disqualified from doing the big thing they want to do for the world.

One of the most insidious ideas we adopt is the belief that something cannot happen based upon conjecture.

A limiting belief is anytime you tell yourself that something is impossible because of the various excuses we have invented. Disempowering narratives we spin to justify inactivity or choose the path of least resistance.

Our brains are great at constructing detailed reasons why something we want cannot happen.

What is your limiting belief? When have you said, “I’m not qualified for [fill in the blank] because of [fill in the blank].”

Not all limiting beliefs are our own. Some are our parents that we adopted. We assume they are reality because we gave over so much trust to our parents.

Some limiting beliefs come from society.

Some are around our own fears.

Others are justifications for not going for what you want.

It’s so easy for us to see others limiting beliefs and point them out, then overlook our own believing they are more real.

When we have one of these beliefs they can seem so real that there doesn’t seem any way out.

Reddit pictures on sailing trip. Guy quits job, buys a boat and sails from Washington to Mexico. Everyone says, “That’s impossible.” “That’s not reality.” “Stop having these pie in the sky ideas and just work your sucky job and be miserable like the rest of us.”

Or we might tell ourselves, ““Nope, that’s not possible for me. Only for them.”

If we want to accomplish big things in the world and push the trajectory of the planet into more positive outcomes we have to let go of limiting beliefs.

The best cure is prevention. Be diligent about not allowing limiting beliefs to come into our field in the first place.  

Walk away from limiting beliefs. Guard the gates of your mind because there are a ton of limiting beliefs all over the world that want to stick to us.

Don’t be lazy about your inputs. stay on top of them. Avoid news channels which heighten fear and instability.

Sometimes we don’t recognize what our limiting beliefs are, but a good way to find them is by asking yourself what you have resistance around when someone suggests an alternative to what you’re doing.  

We can create limiting beliefs based upon previous experience and multiple failures.

The best way to find your way out of this pit is to recognize how much protection you have around the belief. If you have fortresses around your limiting belief, that means you’re highly protective of it.

Generally the reason we do this is because the pain of getting back in the saddle is too much to consider. There may be trauma around a limiting belief. There may be some healing needing to be addressed.

Limiting beliefs can be a great indicator of what our next growth project should be.

Some of our limiting beliefs can be adopted. Baby elephants are tied by the leg to a strong stake the small elephant cannot escape. By the time the elephant becomes full grown the tree is no impediment, but they are so conditioned that they cannot go anywhere. The fully adult elephant will stay in place even if it is only held in place by a twig.

Maybe we tried something in an early stage of development so we assume we can’t do it even though we have grown and changed and may be able to do it now.

Life is not static. We grow and change and our abilities grow and change.

We’re not saying all things are possible at all times. But things are possible if we can grow into a place that makes it possible. If it doesn’t happen we just have to keep growing. Pretty soon we will be ready.

All things are possible to all people at all times.  

Walt Disney was having some success as an animator. Then he moved to LA and found out there was way more competition there. He had to change his perspective and realize he was now a little fish in a big pond.

To truly graduate from limiting beliefs we need awareness. We need to understand our limiting beliefs and see how they emerge.

  • What system did it emerge from? Was it adopted?
  • Did it come from previous attempts and failures?
  • Is it from conditioning? Or fear of failure/success?

Prescription: Be around people who will not tolerate limiting beliefs. People who will call out your limiting belief. It can be irritating but it is good for you.

Use people who have done the impossible as inspiration.  

Language is important. Stop using the word CAN’T. Change “problems” to “challenges.”

Recognize that whatever you want to do you have the ability to make it happen.

If you shoot for your goals look at how far you will go? Even if you don’t make it to the moon, you will set an intention for greatness and you will experience things you never thought possible.

A lot of our limiting belief are based upon loyalty to belief systems. Most of our loyalty is based upon a false dichotomy.

  1. Don’t synthetically limit yourself.
  2. Get around people who won’t allow limiting beliefs.
  3. Use others as inspiration.
  4. Question yourself as to why you feel this way.
  5. Question the etymology of your belief. Are you being loyal to something that only appears incompatible?
  6. Find strategies to scale up and try again.
  7. Find ways to empower yourself to reach for something bigger and better.

 

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  • Mark
    Reply

    I really like this podcast because this is a problem I deal with everyday of my life. I believe everyone struggles with limiting beliefs and that is causing them to live limited lives.

    • Charis Branson
      Reply

      Thank you for the comment, Mark! It really forces us to examine our own limitations, doesn’t it?

  • Dana
    Reply

    We said, “No, thanks!” to TV news a few years ago. Definitely an option to consider if you want more time in your day for other things – like launching the new Personality Hacker website! Keep it up!

    • Charis Branson
      Reply

      Thanks Dana! I totally agree with you. 😉

  • Jeffrey Buresh
    Reply

    Listening to this podcast this morning, it occurred to me that what I call “victimhood” is perhaps the most pervasive “limiting belief” in our society today. Yes, there are many who have suffered discrimination or who have less resources to move forward than others. But at some point this turns into victimhood and justifies not moving forward. Being new to the website I am moved to ask if you have ever done an episode on this topic?

    • Joel Mark Witt
      Reply

      Thanks Jeffrey for the comment. We do have a podcast around this. Check out episode 7 “Drama Triangle vs Empowerment Dynamic”

      http://www.personalityhacker.com/episode-0007/

      • Jeffrey Buresh
        Reply

        Listened to episode 7 this morning and thought it an excellent summary of victimhood at the personal level as I would expect from a podcast focusing on personality or if you will a psychological perspective. However I also see this as pervasive at the societal or sociological perspective, as with the current presidential campaign. I would be interested in your views here as well.

        • Joel Mark Witt
          Reply

          I think you are spot on Jeffrey. Not only political figures – but media too.

          Watch any newscast in the USA for a few hours and you’ll see them report on

          “A war on… (Fill in the name of someone/something as victim).”

          It’s so much easier to create a victim – villain – hero framework than to solve difficult challenges.

          Do you see any leaders (political or otherwise) refusing to go down this road? It’s hard for me to spot many – but would love to hear if you’ve noticed any.

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