Identifying Your Limiting Beliefs is the First Step to Change

We all have limiting thoughts and beliefs that stop us dead in our tracks from doing and accomplishing all that we desire.

How do you know what your limiting beliefs are and how do you get rid of them?

There is a way to identify those thoughts and beliefs that are hurting your progress. First you have to be aware enough to listen to your own talk.

We all say what we are thinking and the challenge is to be aware enough to notice when those thoughts and speak are hurting us.

Honestly, the best way to identify your limitations is by hiring a professional coach. It’s more difficult to identify your own limitations because you are on the inside looking out.

Someone who is trained and is on the outside looking in can quickly pick up on things you are saying and instantly know where you have blocks.

There are still things you can do to help yourself if you are serious and willing to put in a little effort. A personal coach is always a good option but if that isn’t available to you right now, then here is another way.

Talk about it out loud…

Let’s suppose you have a challenge and you just can’t seem to get past it. No matter how hard you try, you can’t seem to figure out what’s going on. This could be something in your business or your job for example.

You can talk about it out loud and record yourself. If you have a smart phone or any recording devise, get it out and put it to use.

Describe your issue out loud as if you’re telling a friend or mentor about your challenge. Tell the story in detail while recording yourself.

(If you have a way to video yourself, it would be even better because then you could see your body language as you are describing the issue)

Now play the recording back and listen carefully for the clues.

What ever you think the problem is, question it.

Do you have all the information you need to make that assumption? Is this assumption really true? What is your state when you were telling the story?

Were you slumped over and your head down?

Look for things you said that were just negative thoughts and really had no basis. They were just thoughts based on a feeling of overwhelm or fear.

When you notice statements and thought patterns that are obviously not based on fact, you can then ask if these thoughts are helping you move in the direction you desire?

If your answer is no, then they are moving you away from what you desire and this alone will often be enough to dissolve that thought.

Look for patterns…

If you have a way to video yourself, look for patterns not only in your speech, but in your body language as well.

Notice your state and how your posture is. Look in the mirror and talk about something that feels empowering to you and notice the difference in your body posture.

This difference is significant and deserves’ your full attention as you can change the way you feel by simply changing your body posture.

We will talk more about the power of your body posture in the next email but for now, give this technique a try and see what you notice about your own posture and speech.

If you don’t have a way to record yourself, you can do this in the mirror though it won’t be as obvious to you.

Think about this, most of us see ourselves in a certain way when we look in the mirror. And then we are shocked when we see ourselves in a photograph.

This method allows you to use this to your benefit.

Record your audio or video and then walk away for a while. Come back to it later and watch or listen to what you said and how you said it.

I assure you that you’ll be amazed and will have an eye opening experience.

To your success and happiness,
Dale

 

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