How Limiting Beliefs Affects Your Quality of Life
- Do you often feel that happiness, success, or fulfillment has evaded from your life?
- You feel that you are a failure and cannot accomplish a lot in life?
- Do you frequently refrain from taking up challenges because you fear failure or consider yourself incapable?
All these situations occur because we nurture limiting beliefs about ourselves and life. This is what affects our quality of life. Such beliefs are usually firmly held and don’t result from logical facts or evidence. You start believing in certain things. What you don’t know is that you are in the grip of self-limiting
beliefs that prevent you from growing both on a personal and professional level. These beliefs also prevent you from finding your true potential and reaching new heights of success.
However, you have the power to transform these negative, limiting beliefs into positive ones. Want to know how? Read on, and you will know the answer.
What Are Self-Limiting Beliefs?
First of all, you need to understand what a belief is. It is an attitude or assumption that something is true and a fact. It is a recurrently appearing term in epistemology. Philosophers use it to refer to personal attitudes linked with actual/false ideas and concepts. But let’s not forget that a belief doesn’t need active circumspection or introspection to be acquired.
Moreover, beliefs can be formed on conscious and subconscious levels. These tend to be multi-dimensional in nature and reside in our minds on many different levels. Overtime, they become so powerful that they start influencing your perspectives on life and yourself. You get into the grip of these beliefs, whether they are positive or negative.
Why are Beliefs Important in Life?
Just because there are beliefs that could be negative and self-limiting, we cannot eliminate them from life. Because beliefs are important. According to a research paper published in the CAPA Quarterly by renowned psychologist Robert M. Williams, beliefs are just like camera filters. What the camera views is actually the filter’s function or the way it wants the camera to view its subjects.
“How we ‘see’ the world is a function of our beliefs and profoundly influences personality. As a result of our beliefs, we define ourselves as worthy or worthless, powerful or powerless, competent or incompetent, trusting or suspicious, belonging or outcast, self-reliant or dependent, flexible or judgmental, fairly treated or victimized, loved or hated,” wrote Williams.
How Limiting Beliefs Affect your Potential?
Your beliefs can have far-reaching consequences in your life. It affects your mood, job performance, relationships, physical health, self-esteem, and your religious/spiritual outlook as well. Subconscious and conscious minds have unimaginably diverse processing capacities.
The conscious mind can process information at around 40-bits per second. Conversely, the subconscious mind can process 40 million bits of information/second. The subconscious mind can over-activate the brain’s Amygdala due to its remarkable processing capabilities. This leads to a decline in thinking and productivity if we focus on negative thoughts or statements like:
- How will I keep up with everything?
- What if I fail?
- What if I get laid off?
- I’m not smart enough!
These and similar other negative thought patterns lead to amygdala hijacking. The Amygdala then gears up for a fight or flight response and generates unacceptable levels of fear and anxiety at a subconscious level. This impacts our productivity and behavior adversely. This response pattern becomes a part of our mind’s default functionality, and we become apprehensive whenever we face a challenging situation or unfavorable situation.
How Limiting Beliefs Impact Your Life?
You can consider beliefs as the lens through which you see the world. These influence your perceptions about everything, define what’s real or possible, good and bad, true or false, etc. It even shapes your character and formulates opinions in positive or negative ways. Moreover, it determines the course you will follow, hijack or harness your passion, and raise or reduce your happiness level.
Most of our beliefs are valuable and positive. People may have different beliefs about the same situation, idea, or event. Everyone’s idea of truth may differ, which isn’t a big deal. However, when we start developing false beliefs, especially about ourselves and our growth potential, that’s when things take an ugly turn.
How False and Self-Limiting Beliefs Prevent Your Growth?
Do you know what false beliefs are? These are opinions we form about ourselves, things, or people. These beliefs are generally limiting and untrue. They completely control our subconscious mind and influence our actions because the subconscious mind controls 90% of our actions. Hence, false and limiting beliefs can play a pivotal role in nearly everything you do.
Since they live in our subconscious mind, you may not be aware of how self-limiting beliefs affect your daily life. You may believe that you are not as beautiful as, suppose your sister, or you aren’t as efficient and talented as your coworker. Beliefs like these can sabotage your relationships and hold you from performing well at work. Always remember that your behavior stems from your beliefs. If we change or dissolve these false beliefs, our life will be changed for the better because our behaviors will become more positive and accommodating.
Why Do We Form Self-Limiting Beliefs?
Many people want to know where these false limiting beliefs come from that weaken their sense of self-worth and hold them back from benefitting from relationships and opportunities.
According to cellular biologist and author of the book Biology of Belief, Dr. Bruce Lipton, Ph.D., a significant chunk of our subconscious mind’s programming occurs in the first six years of our life, that is, from birth to six years. During this time, the child’s brain keeps downloading tons of information about the world. The child observes people’s behavior patterns and their immediate environments, such as parents, siblings, house helps, friends, and relatives. So, they learn to differentiate between acceptable and unacceptable social behaviors.
The perceptions acquired during these six years become the fundamental subconscious programs and shape the child’s character as an adult. So, if the child downloads limiting beliefs, it becomes true for them.
How Can You Change Your Limiting Beliefs?
One of the methods to change your limiting beliefs is using positive affirmations. It refers to a set of positive statements to reprogram a prevalent negative belief. If you keep repeating a thought, it eventually becomes rooted in your subconscious mind.
So, you can easily overwrite the self-limiting beliefs by telling your subconscious mind that it is wrong. Such as, if you are afraid of public speaking and believe that you cannot render an impactful speech, start repeatedly telling yourself that you are good at it.
You need to create a positive statement informing your mind about the new belief. You can tell yourself that “I know I can do well at the event.” Or, “I can give a great speech at the event.” Similarly, if you feel that you aren’t too bright, start telling yourself otherwise. Say to yourself, “I am the smartest person in this neighborhood.”
Another excellent tool to use the remove your limiting beliefs is to tap on them. EFT is such a powerful and flexible tool to use to help shift from things we don’t want to things we do want. EFT tapping is a scientifically proven self-help tool to release negative energy to heal your body inside out and develop a positive outlook towards life, yourself, and people.