“We will discover the nature of our particular genius when we stop trying to conform to our own or other peoples’ models, learn to be ourselves, and allow our natural channel to open.” Shakti Gawain
In life, there are times when things happen.
To keep us safe, we create barriers.
In reality, these barriers are keeping us from getting the big results we want.
Allow me to explain.
What Are Limiting Beliefs?
Limiting beliefs are assumptions we have about ourselves, the world, and other people that are buried deep within our subconscious.
All beliefs, positive and negative, or core beliefs, originated in childhood. Limiting beliefs can keep us from living a full healthy life, advancing in our careers, and making long-lasting, loving relationships.
As a child, we are a blank canvas. Any and everything that happens to use during the fundamental stages of development are painted on our canvas.
A child’s sense of self in a particular culture is shaped by the information absorbed from the surrounding environment. This is something kids do automatically, constantly, and without much thought. The pre-adult intuitive mind gives way to the mature rational one at age 6.
In other words, a child does not know what to filter out from its environment. If it is facing an adverse experience, it will believe that it is a problem that is to be solved by them and not the caregiver.
Core beliefs are not just created from experiences with caregivers. Experiences with teachers, extended family, friends, and religious institutions are just as important.
Everyone has core beliefs that contain limiting beliefs. Yes, even you.
Let’s be clear, it is going to take more than these journal prompts to address your limiting beliefs, but this is the start to open the door to awareness. Once you have reached a state of awareness, then you can address it.
By recognizing and letting go of self-limiting ideas, you may make room for more helpful ones, which in turn can help break destructive cycles.
Just repeating positive affirmations won’t help if the limiting idea is still active in your subconscious.
I feel I am not (insert limiting belief, for example: “good enough”) because _______
The biggest lack in my life is _______
The greatest joy in my life is _______
My largest time commitment is _______
Where do I add value?
If my dreams come true, my family will _______
I sabotage myself so people will _______
In the past when I stepped out of my comfort zone, (insert result) happened and _______
Now, write about a tough situation that you overcame.
How have I grown past my past struggles and experiences?
Write down all of your accomplishments. Bear in mind, accomplishments are not always material.
“Other people’s opinions of you are none of your business.” How does this statement make me feel? Why?
The person I blame for being blocked is _______ (and why)
My payoff for staying blocked is _______
Now, after truly answering all of these prompts. You remember who you are now?
No amount of gatekeeping, malicious compliance or evil eye can stop you. (Of course the obvious things like systematic oppression exist, but you catch my drift).
What is meant for you will always be for you.
You are your own competition.
No one else has lived your life (and they might not have survived this long in your shoes). The person next to you has their own set of problems. Stop comparing your journey. It is you against you.
The sky is the limit!
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