Ready To Break Free Of Those Negative Beliefs?

Have negative beliefs and thoughts in the past gotten in the way of your efforts to live, learn, and grow? Are they holding you back now? 

Your personal beliefs about yourself and your life matter more than you may realize. In fact, those beliefs make up the very foundation upon which you build your life.

How To Recognize Self-Sabotaging Thoughts

Some common self-limiting thoughts are:

  • “I’ll never be able to save any money for retirement.”
  • “I guess I won’t ever fall in love again.”
  • “Why can’t I find any trustworthy friends?”
  • “I’ll be fat forever.”
  • “I’m sure Pat will get that promotion over me.”
  • “I wish I could take a vacation to Europe, but I know I could never afford it.”
  • “How will I ever live the life I want earning what I earn now?”

If you identified some of your limiting thoughts while reading the above examples, take steps to break your cognitive ties to those thinking patterns.

Strategies To Start Thinking In A New Direction

Refrain From Labeling Yourself

If you see yourself as “poor” financially, then you might unconsciously strive to match that label. Or if you think of yourself as “fat” you may be unable to imagine yourself as beautiful and thin.

Take Baby Steps

When you continually move towards your goals, you’ll gain the momentum to keep on going. Rather than think you’re unable to achieve success, make a plan of achievable steps to ensure you do.

  • For example, perhaps you’d like a European vacation. Instead of believing you’ll never get there, establish a small weekly savings goal of $20, and keep putting the money aside until you have enough.

Be Your Own Best Friend

Love yourself enough to be your own best friend. Do this by giving yourself the benefit of the doubt. Think positive thoughts such as, “I can do this.” When you practice this, you’ll reject self-limiting thoughts.

Ready to break free of those negative beliefs

Believe In Yourself

Instead of insisting you’ll “never” do something, say that you can, and then do it. If you turn those negatives into positives, it boosts your self-esteem. Trust that you can accomplish, succeed, and prevail.

Look For The Truth

Ask yourself, “Is what I’m thinking really true?” For example, is it an absolute reality that you’ll never be able to save any money at all for retirement? It doesn’t have to be true, unless you strive for that.

  • Change your mindset by beginning your retirement fund today. At the end of the day, put all your change into a jar. See how simple it is to start saving?
  • Question your self-limiting thoughts. When you realize they’re unrealistic, untrue, and within your power to change, you’ll be able to break away.

Recognize The Power Of Your Negative Thoughts

You create who you are by what you think about yourself. Why not turn that power into positive energy that drives you towards the things that you want in life?

Learn From Prior Missteps

Instead of using your past against you, think about the knowledge you’ve gained from each experience. Maybe an important relationship dissolved a few years ago. The loss of that relationship doesn’t mean you’ll never find another partner again.

  • Rather than getting bogged down with self-limiting thoughts, reflect on the shortcomings of your previous relationship. What part did you play? If you proactively learn from your past mistakes, you’ll make healthier choices in the future.

When you start applying these ideas in your life, you will begin to see more and more of the amazing possibilities that are all around you. You can do anything you set your mind to. Do what it takes to break free of those self-limiting beliefs right now, so you can start embracing the good life that’s yours for the taking!


About the Author Jan Marie Mueller

Jan Marie Mueller is founder of the inspirational blog ThinkBrilliantly and The Brilliance Community, a free Facebook group dedicated to empowering women to let their inner brilliance shine! Her mission is to help women everywhere shift the way they think about themselves, their world and those around them so they have the confidence to do, be and have what they want most in life!

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