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Beliefs Could Be Holding You Back
By Victoria Munro
Subtle yet deeply held limiting beliefs
could be preventing you from achieving your goals. What
we truly believe—those often-unconscious assumptions
about who we are and what we’re capable of—can
propel us to greatness and enable us to achieve audacious
dreams, or they can sabotage our efforts.
Negative beliefs that hold
us back are rarely based on fact. They may have
come from parents, early caregivers, teachers or society.
We may have been told, “You can’t do …”
“You’ll never…” and at some
level have assumed it to be true.
Because we’re seldom aware of these ways of thinking,
we rarely question them. Worse still, we may reinforce
them with negative self-talk.
The good news is that we can choose
what we believe.
What Do You Really Believe?
It’s a good exercise and can be revealing
to find out what you truly believe. Take a minute and
write down what you believe about money, yourself and
your capabilities, success, your business, your market
and/or your competition.
Change Limiting Beliefs:
In order to develop new thought patterns we must take
a look at what we really believe in the objective light
of day. Write down and think about each potentially
limiting belief. Then, after each old limiting belief,
write down a new, more appropriate belief. Repeat your
new belief out loud. How does it feel?
Ask yourself the following questions:
||Is this belief based
did it come from?
this belief support and help me to reach my goals?
effect does believing this have on me and my business?
does it make me feel?
Uncover any negative self-talk that supports this belief.
Write a new positive self-talk statement.
To cultivate and keep a positive mindset, determine
to change your “I can’t"s to “I
What You Believe Can Determine
Our beliefs are a powerful force within us. They can
keep us trapped in the status quo, or free us to become
who we were born to be and achieve the dreams we set
out to reach. Henry Ford understood this when he said,
“Whether you think you can or whether you think
you can’t, you’re right.”
Choose to change your old limiting beliefs now. This
can alter the direction of
your life and your business, and enable you to achieve
© 2005-2007 Victoria Munro.
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About the Author: Victoria Munro is
co-founder (along with husband Dave Block) of Make-it-Fly®
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and tools. Victoria has started and run nine different
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