The human mind is still the most powerful, instantly available computer that we can use. It’s amazing; it’s that simple.
All day, every day, that computer makes billions of calculations and adjustments that keep us alive. We don’t even have to tell it to do that thankfully, otherwise sleeping would be a very brief experience.The problem is, we take it for granted! I mean; it’ll always be there, won’t it?
Accident victims and those suffering mental health issues will tell you differently. Just like any other piece of complex machinery, the human brain can fail.
Accident victims can get help; people suffering from mental health issues can get help, if they’re fortunate enough to get diagnosed correctly; but what if what ails you can’t be seen? Or worse still, you don’t even realise that it is happening to you?
What is a limiting belief?
You’ve probably heard of the expression a ‘glass ceiling’, well think of limiting beliefs as a glass shroud. It’s above you, and sometimes around you. You’ve put it there to keep you safe. What it actually does, is keep you still.
Safe, and still, are two very different things.
Now this is where things get a little tricky – you’ve probably read the last statement and thought to yourself “I haven’t put any limits on myself! Have I?” The problem is internal limits are seldom that clear.
A limiting belief can also be described as an ingrained thought or thoughts, deep within us that control what we do. In fact, it controls everything that we do. It shows itself in the form of a voice; the one inside your head that communicates with you, constantly.
Let me give you some examples of what that voice can say to you,
I can’t do that…
I’m never on time…
I’m so unlucky…
I’ll never get the hang of this…
I’m too old..
I don’t have time..
I wouldn’t know where to start..
I could go on, but hopefully you get the picture.
Those beliefs then are what mould our thoughts. Every moment of every day and in every aspect of our lives.
With the eight examples above you’ll notice that I never associated those comments with a specific topic. That’s because they can fit any or all topics (and areas of our lives) at any given time.
The thing about these thoughts is that they breed. They multiply like a virus and they will infect anywhere and everywhere you allow them to.
Limiting beliefs>internal thoughts….
So what’s the issue? Where is the harm in these having such thoughts because surely, everybody has them?
This is true; this inner voice is present in all of us, coaching us in our lifetime pursuits. What most of us fail to do however, is to make sure that that voice is working for us and not against us, especially when it can be difficult to know the difference.
Want more? On Tuesday I will explore how to control your inner thoughts with practical examples.