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9 Limiting Beliefs to Avoid

Limiting Beliefs 9 Limiting Beliefs to Avoid

Limiting beliefs will hold you back from leading life that you desire and deserve. Here are 9 limiting beliefs that you need to STOP believing:

  1. Stop believing that failure is a bad thing. When you fail, you learn. When you succeed, you rarely learn a damn thing. It is through trial and error that the greatest accomplishments happen.
  2. Stop believing that having more is being more. The more things you acquire, the more things you have to maintain, store, and feel obligated to use. Buy and keep the things you love, and let go of the rest. Be free….
  3. Stop believing that everyone cares about everything you say and do. The world watches few of us. Live your life, not the one you think others want you to live.
  4. Stop believing that speaking up for yourself is an act of aggression. If you discover a problem or come up with a solution, speak up. The longer problems go unattended, the harder they are to fix.
  5. Stop believing that there will be time later to follow your dreams. You only get one shot at living, so start making your dreams come true now. Don’t wait for permission because it ain’t comin’. Give yourself permission instead.
  6. Stop believing that you must live up to your parents’ expectations. Your parents’ stated or unstated expectations may not be right for you (and maybe never were). Set your own expectations, and make them doable. Happiness and success breeds further happiness and success.
  7. Stop believing that you don’t have time to celebrate. Celebrations are important times for reflection, recognition-giving, and community-building. They’re pauses that provide energy and motivation to push forward.
  8. Stop believing that you must change others. You can’t control what others think or do. State your case and lead by example, but don’t expect others to follow the same path or maintain the same pace.
  9. Stop believing that you can’t change yourself. You can. Change your habits and change your inner narrative. Start now.

About the Author

Gary Cohen is a highly-skilled Executive Coach, Leadership Author, Trainer, and International Keynote Speaker. His clients range from entrepreneurial CEOs of the nation’s fastest-growing companies to executives of global 100 companies. He differentiates himself from traditional (psycho/therapeutic) executive coaches by bringing a vast amount of business experience as a former Founder / President of one the Nation’s Fastest growing companies. He is the author of Just Ask Leadership: Why Great Managers Always Ask the Right Questions (McGraw Hill). Gary B. Cohen Full Bio

  • FeelBetter2day

    Thanks – these are excellent limiting beliefs to address. Once you let them go, you will feel a huge weight lifted, and it becomes much easier to focus on your goals. Releasing these beliefs is the most important thing you can do for yourself.

    • Gary B Cohen

      It seems like this is territory you know. Can you give us some insights that you have experienced?

      • FeelBetter2day

        I’d be happy to. Because limiting beliefs are locked in your subconscious, that is where they need to be addressed. I use the ZPoint Process to communicate with your subconscious, and source the limiting beliefs while you relax – so it’s easy as well as peaceful.

        This means that they’re released permanently, and when you recall them in future, they no longer affect you. Words and willpower alone involve a lot of struggle, while I’ve found everyone who is ready for change can do so, no matter what their limiting belief.

    • Gary B Cohen

      It sounds like you have done this work. What was your process?

  • Amr Tawfik Abou Ward

    Thanks for this Great practical advice.

    I do believe that it is all about limiting your life and
    your perceptions to what you see yourself, without having others’ prospective, looking
    to yourself differently will definitely give you more ways to understand yourself and have better approach for better life.

  • Dilshad

    Thanks! like points 3,8 and 9 very much.

  • Kathryn Meltzer

    I truely miss all the celebrations we had when growing up. I often find I am the only one at home planning the celebrations. I’m going to keep doing it, and start inviting others to join in beyond family. Celebrations are necessary rituals to mark the passing of time and the expression of effort.

  • Gary Winters

    An excellent list, Gary. It’s hard to say which one is most important, but I feel that if a person starts with “Stop believing that everyone cares about everything you say and do” he’d be more effective as an employee, a manager … or just more effective and less worried in general.

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  • Gary B Cohen

    I know Lisa I totally agreement. Great model!

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