You’re not good enough. Bullshit.
You don’t know enough. Excuse.
You’re nothing special. You’re wrong.
You’re scared of failing. It’s part of success.
You’re not confident. So you think.
No one believes in you.
And they won’t, until you believe in yourself.
What We Think, We Become
Thoughts are powerful.
It’s your thoughts that shape your actions, and your actions that shape your results.
Question – How and when did you first develop your thoughts about yourself, what you’re good at, and capable of accomplishing, otherwise known as your beliefs?
How were your beliefs developed? How did they come to be?
People, events, and experiences all shape your beliefs. Good or bad, these beliefs become your guiding light to everything it is you do or don’t do.
We’re all worthy of success.
It’s available to anyone who pursues it, regardless of what you may have been told.
Early off in my childhood, I was told I wasn’t good or smart enough, that I was a punk, a loser, and a trouble maker.
These words and experiences shaped my thoughts and my beliefs for years.
I wanted to be successful, but was told I was a punk.
I wanted to be a leader, but was told I was a loser.
I wanted to make a difference, but was told I was a trouble maker.
I wasn’t success worthy, so I was told.
It’s What You Think & Believe That Matters
It took me years to get past all the limiting beliefs I had of myself. I no longer believe I’m a punk, loser, or trouble maker who’s not worthy of success, of being a leader, or making a difference.
I can succeed.
I can be a leader.
I can make a difference in the world.
You’ve probably been told, at one point or another, that you couldn’t do it, weren’t good enough or smart enough. Maybe you were told you weren’t fast enough, pretty enough, qualified enough, or just lacked what was necessary to be successful.
Here’s a few examples of such stories:
Walt Disney was fired from a newspaper job he had for “lacking imagination” and “having no original ideas“.
Oprah Winfrey was demoted from her job as a news anchor because “she wasn’t fit for television”.
Albert Einstein wasn’t able to speak until he was almost 4 years old and his teachers said he would “never amount to much”.
The Beetles were rejected by a record label and told, “you have no future in show business”.
It’s not what they were told or what others believed that mattered, it’s what they chose to believe about themselves and the actions they took regardless of what they were told.
Become Who You’ve Always Thought You Could Be
In the words of George Eliot, “it’s never to late to be who you might have been.”
What is it you’ve always wanted to do, see, create, or become?
Forget yesterday, it’s gone. Shift your focus to who you will become, all you will do, and create – now.
Take all of your limiting beliefs that have held you back and stopped you from becoming who you’ve always believed you could be, and squash them. Get rid of them. They no longer serve you, they never have.
If you’ve always wanted to lose weight, to be comfortable and confident in your own skin, your time is now.
If you’ve always dreamt of starting your own business but thought you weren’t smart enough, that belief is bullshit, get rid of it.
If you’ve always wanted to find someone to share your life with and be loved, but have always thought you weren’t good enough or pretty enough – stop. No more. You are more than good enough and worthy of love.
If you’ve always wanted to start a new career, but were afraid of failing or what others may think or say of your career move, fear will no longer hold you back.
Your time is now, and here’s exactly how you’re going to do it.
Do your best to think back to when you may have created the limiting beliefs about yourself. Identify it and isolate it to a moment, a period of time, an experience, or an event.
It’s done, over with, gone for good. Your limiting beliefs will no longer guide you or serve you. You will not be defined by these beliefs any longer. Identify who it is you want to become, what you want to do, or create. The only person who can hold you back is you. These limiting thoughts are untrue and they will no longer hold you back.
Believe in yourself and in all that you will become. Catch yourself when you begin to think of all the reasons why you can’ t, or you won’t, or you shouldn’t. Catch yourself in the moment and stop these thoughts immediately and replace them with all the reasons why you can and you will. Visualize yourself succeeding and become the person you’ve always thought you could be.
Take small steps immediately. Whether you’re looking to lose weight, decrease debt, find a new career, find love, travel, write a book, have a better relationship with your family or friends. Begin taking small steps that moves you in the direction of what it is you want. Taking action, as small as the action may be, will begin to give you the confidence to do more and take more action.
Take a good honest look around you. Identify those who support you and those who do not. Spend less time with those who feed your past limiting beliefs and instead, surround yourself with family, friends, groups, and communities that support who you’re out to become, or do, or create. Don’t waste another second of your day listening to limiting beliefs about yourself and what’s possible.
No one wants to fail. We all want to succeed, and you will. In time, you will. The road to success is paved with failure, and that’s perfectly fine. Understand that failure is part of the process. It isn’t about being perfect and never failing. It’s about making progress and moving forward. The thought that failure is a bad thing is a limiting belief that will no longer serve you.
You have the right to be happy.
You have the right to pursue all it is you want.
You have the right to believe whatever you chose.
You have a choice.
A choice to either let your limiting beliefs of the past continue to rule your world, stopping you from becoming who it is you’ve always thought you could be, or begin believing in yourself, in new beliefs, beliefs that you can and you will, that you are good enough and smart enough.
Make Your Move
Make a commitment to yourself right now that you will no longer let limiting beliefs from the past dictate your thoughts, actions, results, and ultimately, your happiness.
#1 Pick one limiting belief you have right now to begin working on immediately. Whether it’s that you can’t lose weight, aren’t smart enough to start your own business or a new career, good enough for a relationship and being loved. Identify a limiting belief you have right now and write it down.
#2 Why do you feel this way? Why do you believe you can’t lose weight or are not smart enough or good enough? Why do you believe this and where did it come from? Write it down. If you need a few days to give this one more thought, that’s fine. Just be sure to come back and write down your answer once you have it.
#3 Whatever limiting belief you have, write down the complete opposite such as, I can lose weight, I am smart enough, I am good enough, I am worthy of love and of happiness. Begin telling yourself this every single day. Remember, it’s our thoughts that shape our actions and our actions that shape our results.
#4 Identify one small step you can begin taking action on immediately to support your new beliefs. Write it down. Commit to this one small step and do it daily for the next 7 days. Begin building momentum in the direction in which you want to go.
#5 Evaluate your surroundings. Who will encourage and support you and your new beliefs? Who are those that won’t? Write both of these down and begin spending more time with those who support you, and less time with those who do not. Begin developing your own support system.
#6 Write down what you fear the most that could happen. Failure, rejection, being laughed at or going bankrupt. Write it down. As you begin to change your thoughts, take action, and change the environment around you, you’ll notice that what was once your greatest fear isn’t that scary after all.
Don’t wait until next week, next month, or the new year to begin this assignment, do it right now.
The longer you wait, the longer you’re delaying all it is you want, your happiness, and your success.
Start today, start right now.
In the comments below, please share with me what your number one limited belief is that you will commit to overcoming over the next 7 days.