Detecting Limiting Beliefs

The first step in eliminating limiting beliefs is to identify them.

Every Sunday a newly wed wife cut off a third of the roast and only cooked the other two-thirds. One day her husband asked her why, and she responded that that was what her mother did. Later he asked his mother-in-law why she did it and, she answered that that was what her mother did. Finally he asked his grandmother-in-law and she said that she did not have a pan big enough for the whole roast.
Do you ever do things because that is what you always do without thinking about why?

Consider why you do what you do and how you feel about it.

Do you have a routine? If so, is your routine serving you well? If not, should you? Would it help to vary it?
Consider getting up earlier to have time to read, mediate and plan your day.
Drive to work a new way. Go for a walk at lunch with friends instead of staying at your desk. Go to bed earlier so you are not tired.

What do you think about during the day? Do you ever suddenly feel exhausted? If so, what are you doing and thinking when that happens? What is the belief behind those thoughts?
Our thoughts are some of your greatest allies or enemies. 

Are you always hurrying, but never getting some of the things done that you really want to do?
What is your average day like?
What do you think of when you wake up in the morning?
What do you think about when you’re getting ready?
What do you think about going to work?
What do you think about through out the day?
What do you think about before going to sleep?
What do you do to relax and enjoy life?
List repeated thoughts.  Are they uplifting or defeating?
Do you enjoy being with other people?
What do you think about when you are with other people?
Do you have a group of friends to turn to for support and encouragement? 
Who are they?
Who are the people who encourage, recharge, support, love and care about you?
Who are there people who manipulate you?  Who pressure you to do what they want or try to control you and disregard your plans, goals and dreams and drain you emotionally?
How do you feel about them and interact to them? Do you give in or stand up to them?

Some people fill your emotional bucket, support you and encourage you.  Others criticize and drain you.  After a few minutes with them you feel tired and defeated and ready to go back to bed, pull the covers over your head, and hope for a better day tomorrow.
It is important to have more than one friend who can support you because s/he may not always be available or may get emotionally burned out.

Eliminating limiting beliefs will not happen without effort, but it is worth the effort.

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