Growth, Self-Improvement

Limiting Beliefs

As many of you know, I had the privilege of speaking with Jill Ethier recently about limiting beliefs … if you haven’t had a chance to watch the recording yet, be sure to check it out on my FB Page, Our Life Well Lived – Leanne Hintz.

This piece will serve as an important follow-up to that conversation … 

To recap … What are limiting beliefs?

Limiting beliefs are negative thought patterns … they’re beliefs that “get in the way” … beliefs that prevent us from being the best versions of ourselves … limiting beliefs BIND us to our past … a tethering of sorts … they pull us down and hold us back … limiting beliefs restrain us … they prevent us from moving forward … they prevent us from seeing “anew” … limiting beliefs prevent us from seeing things in the present AS THEY ARE … for what they are … they tell us we’re not good enough … they tell us what we can and cannot do … 

Limiting beliefs are very, very  powerful … 

Where do limiting beliefs come from?

Limiting beliefs are often voices or experiences (usually negative) from the past … something someone said or did to us perhaps … maybe someone made fun of the shape of our body or we grew up with an alcoholic father … these experiences lead us to believe we are ugly … unloveable … or unworthy or that anyone who drinks alcohol (even socially) is completely unreliable … of course, these things aren’t true, but we spend our lives living as though they are.

Our limiting beliefs can also stem from something that we witnessed (or were a part of ourselves) … an example might be people “slamming” or making fun of other people … we assume those same things (or worse) could be said about us too … and these “voices” become crippling … 

Our limiting beliefs may also arise when considering past “failures” or past mistakes … some examples might include being mean to someone in middle school, hanging out with a questionable crowd in high school, or saying something someone completely uncalled for … these “mistakes” may make us believe we don’t make good decisions, we’re not nice people, or we’re (clearly) not worthy of love! 

And, we spend our lives looking for evidence to prove our limiting beliefs are TRUE.

So why should you care about this topic? 

Because I KNOW your limiting beliefs are holding you back! 

If we don’t do the work to “clear” our limiting beliefs, they will creep out … ooze out … they can be very destructive … they can destroy marriages … damage relationships … they can lead to bad habits … or being dependent on “vices” … they can “lock us up” and prevent us from living the life we deserve … 

This is important to me to share with YOU because … 

I want you to stop suffering.

I want you to be “free.”

I want you to be more secure in YOU … more secure in your relationships. 

I want you to enjoy your spouse and your children SOONER rather than LATER.

I want you to go after your dreams TODAY instead of years down the road.

I want you to be able to serve your family WELL … TODAY. 

I want you to be the very best version of you … TODAY.

But, MOSTLY … I don’t want you to spend 17 years with someone CONVINCING yourself that they don’t love you … that you’re unloveable … 

Like I did … 

I don’t want you to spend 17 years with someone CONSTANTLY looking for evidence to prove that he/she doesn’t love you … 

Like I did … 

What a waste!!! 

If YOU’RE wasting your life BOUND by your limiting beliefs … start “doing the work” to get better … to be better … 

It’s time to break free of the shackles … they’re destroying the quality of your life day after day after day … 

What does “doing the work” entail?

For me, it’s been taking a couple of Clearing Limiting Beliefs courses from Jill Ethier and learning some very useful techniques / strategies to work through these beliefs that were holding me back … 

Here’s a brief list of strategies and tools to get you started … 

  1. Ho’oponopono (a Hawaiian prayer)
  2. Socratic Questioning
  3. Staying Present
  4. Taking Action
  5. EFT (for this, I highly recommend the app, Release, by Trina Markusson)

Now, go, get to work RIGHT NOW on the things that are holding you back! I recommend getting started with this Socratic Questioning Worksheet.

Socratic Questions

I can’t wait to see what you create in your life NEXT! 

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