The Pursuit of Excellence Practical steps toward happiness

23Apr/120

Are your thoughts holding you back?

Lance Armstrong

Believed cancer could not stop him

If my mind was a person, we probably wouldn’t be friends.  Over the years it’s told me I will never be wealthy, or happy.  That I can’t quit smoking, or find a better job.  It’s told me to give up on my dreams because they’re too big, and it’s told me to feel sorry for myself when I face challenges.

Because I trusted my mind, I believed everything it told me.  That was a mistake.

From childhood we all collect beliefs about the world, ones that either serve us or hurt us.  These beliefs literally create our reality, and can be especially dangerous when we are unaware of their effect on us.

Limiting beliefs keep us from our greatness

But I have good news: once you see them, you can pull them out by the roots.

Stephen Hawking

Beat serious limiting beliefs

When I was younger I had a terrible fear of speaking to new people.  My limiting belief was that I’d say something stupid, and be harshly judged for it.  Eventually I became so fed up with how it affected my life that I forced new operating instructions into my mind: that what I have to say is important, and that if other people don’t like it, that’s their problem.

I pushed myself to talk and it worked out great!  I no longer have trouble speaking to new people. In fact, I’ve noticed how many other people have a hard time speaking to me as a stranger, and because of my past experience I can empathize with them and help them open up.

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.” – Henry Ford

Your mind is only a tool that can be used to help or hurt; it is not in charge.  ‘You’ are in charge.  Your being, your soul is in charge.  If you want something from life, don’t let limiting beliefs block you from getting it.  You can turn your mind into a friend, but you have to give it clear expectations.

Now go out and get what you want.


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