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Breaking Free: Overcoming 10 Limiting Thoughts That Sabotage Yourself

Identifying and challenging your limiting thoughts is crucial for personal growth and empowerment. By replacing them with more positive, empowering beliefs, individuals can break free from self-imposed limitations and realize their true potential.



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Let’s talk about those limiting thoughts that hold us back. The most significant limitations we face often start in our minds. These are the ones that feel impossible to overcome because we’ve convinced ourselves we can’t change them. But guess what? That’s not true! You can shift your mindset and transform those limiting thoughts into empowering ones. It’s like hitting the reset button on your brain.

This is how you go from limiting thoughts to empowering thoughts:

The worst singer in the world.

Life has limitations: No matter how hard you flap your arms, you can’t fly. When you’re sixty, you no longer look like twenty, no matter how much you exercise. No matter how fast your car is, you can’t simultaneously be in Paris and Milan. No matter how much spinach you eat, you will never be as strong as Popeye. And no matter how bad you sing, someone always sings even worse (that’s me).

It’s a harsh reality check, but it’s one we must confront. Despite our flaws and shortcomings, we must learn to navigate the imperfect landscape of life. So let’s embrace our imperfections, acknowledge the limitations, and find solace in the fact that even the worst singer in the world isn’t alone in their struggle. After all, reality may suck at times, but it’s what we have to work with for now.

But we come up with most of the limitations ourselves :

1. I can’t do this.
2. I can never do this.
3. It’s not for me.

Watch out for those last set of thoughts because they’re not the truth. The limitations we believe in are the toughest ones to overcome. If we buy into these self-imposed limits, we’re defeated before we even begin. But here’s the thing: when you stop believing in limitations, a world of possibilities opens up.

Take a look at these common limiting thoughts. Sound familiar? It’s time to kick them to the curb and embrace your full potential!

Breaking Free: Overcoming 10 Limiting Thoughts That Sabotage You.

1. I can’t.

Here’s the thing: you won’t know what you’re capable of until you give it a shot. You can’t achieve anything if you don’t take that first step, but with enough dedication and effort, you can accomplish a whole lot.

Remember, you’ve got the same essential tools as everyone else—two arms, two legs, and a head. And even if you’re facing challenges, like not having arms or legs, you can still inspire others with your strength of mind and positivity. Just look at someone like Nick Vujicic for inspiration.
So, my new motto is:

“I can do (almost) anything if I’m willing to put in the time and effort. I believe in myself!”

2. They are better than me.

Comparing yourself to others is like adding fuel to the fire of insecurity. The truth is, nobody is inherently better than you, and likewise, you’re not better than anyone else. Each person is on their unique journey, running their own race.

When you measure your worth against others, you’re setting yourself up for a race you can never win because there will always be someone who seems faster, more brilliant, or more accomplished.
But here’s the thing: you don’t need to compete with anyone else.

Your value comes from being true to who you are and embracing your individuality, strengths, and weaknesses.
So, let go of the need for validation from others. Embrace your authenticity and recognize that you are enough just as you are. If someone can’t appreciate you for who you are, then it’s their loss. Your new motto is spot on:

“I remain myself; that’s good enough. I’ll let go of anyone who doesn’t appreciate that.”

It’s all about staying true to yourself and surrounding yourself with those who value and celebrate the real you.


3. I need to gain the talent for that.

Gaining talent is not about waiting for it to magically appear; it’s about recognizing that talent can be developed and nurtured over time. Many talented individuals require support and guidance to realize their potential.

It’s not about having innate talent; it’s about putting in the effort and practice, regardless of your starting point.
Practice is vital, even if you feel like you have limited talent. Putting in the time and effort consistently can often outweigh natural talent.

Remember, skills are something you can acquire through learning and practice. So, when you hear someone say, “I don’t have enough skills to do that,” it’s not an excuse—it’s an opportunity to learn and grow.

Your new motto hits the nail on the head:

“Everything I can’t do, I can learn – and then I can do it.”

It’s all about embracing the mindset of continuous learning and improvement, knowing that with dedication and hard work, you can achieve anything you set your mind to.


4. It’s always been that way.

The notion of “it’s always been that way” can be a significant obstacle to your personal development. Sure, it’s comforting to stick to what’s familiar or what you’ve always done. But if you’re no longer satisfied with the status quo, it’s time to make a change! Just because something has been a certain way in the past doesn’t mean it has to stay that way forever.

If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’re essentially driving through life with a rear-view mirror—you’re only seeing what’s already happened. Instead, it’s time to focus on the windshield, to look ahead and embrace new possibilities.

Today is a chance to make a fresh choice that aligns better with who you are and what you want.
So, let’s adopt a new motto:

“Today, I make a new choice that suits me better.”

It’s all about embracing change and steering your life in a direction that brings you joy and fulfillment.

5. There’s nothing you can do about it.

This is the anthem of the Fatalist, but it’s time to break free from that mindset. Refrain from accepting what you’re not happy with. You’re not stuck in one spot like a parked car—there’s always room for movement.

There’s always something you can do to change your situation. If you don’t know how to change it, then learn! Seek advice, read books, fuel yourself with a strong espresso, and dive in.

The only thing you can’t alter is the past, but your future is shaped by the choices you make today.
So, let’s adopt a new mantra:

“If I don’t like it, I’m going to change it.”

Worrying might freeze you in place, but taking action ignites inspiration and paves the way for transformation!

6. I don’t deserve (to be happy).

Feeling like you don’t deserve happiness is a painful belief to hold. But here’s the truth: there’s no cosmic exam determining who deserves a good life and who doesn’t. Everyone, including you, deserves the best that life has to offer—no exceptions.

You don’t need to jump through hoops or meet some arbitrary criteria to earn it. It’s time to let go of the notion that you’re not worthy of happiness. Thoughtfully, package up that thought and send it my way (remember the stamps).

I’ve got a massive trash can waiting to dispose of it.
So, let’s embrace a new motto:

“I deserve (just like everyone else) the very best.”

Because you absolutely do!

7. Well, I’m not waiting for things to fall into my lap.

Life doesn’t come with a predetermined set of gifts waiting for us to stumble upon. We don’t casually encounter our dreams on a stroll down the street. Whether it’s a shiny new car or any other aspiration, they’re not predestined to find us.

Instead, they await those willing to roll up their sleeves and chase them down. In this journey called life, nothing’s handed to you on a silver platter. It’s more like a do-it-yourself buffet—you’ve got to go out and get what you want.

So, my new motto is:

“I don’t sit around waiting for things to come to me—I go out and grab them myself.”

8. I’m missing something.

Ever feel like you’re constantly missing out? That lingering sense of FOMO (fear of missing out) can be overwhelming. But what if I told you that you’re not missing anything at all?
That’s right – you’re already equipped with everything you need to seize the opportunities life presents.

You can spend endless hours preparing, packing your metaphorical suitcase, and getting ready for every eventuality. But if you never take that leap, you’ll never reach your destination.
It’s like being all set for a trip to the Canary Islands but never stepping out of your living room.

The truth is, you’re not missing a thing. You’re ready. The time is now.
So let’s embrace this new motto together:

“I’m Ready!”

It’s a declaration of readiness, a commitment to seizing the moment and making things happen. So, are you ready?

9. That doesn’t belong to me.

“It doesn’t belong to me” is a thought worth examining carefully. If something truly doesn’t resonate with you, it’s okay to let it go. But take your time before making judgments. The crucial question to ask yourself is: “Do I want it? Do I like it?” If the answer is yes, then take action. If not, it’s time to explore other options.

Remember, nothing belongs to you until you actively choose to embrace it.
You have the power to overcome your limitations, whether they’re self-imposed or imposed by others. It’s time to release these limiting thoughts, cut the strings, and shed the unnecessary ballast.

Stop holding yourself back and start embracing your own empowerment!
So, let’s adopt a new motto:

“I do what suits me and let go of the rest.”

10. Invent your own limitations.

Identifying your own limitations can be a powerful exercise in self-awareness. Take a moment to reflect: what thoughts or beliefs are holding you back from pursuing your dreams? What fears or doubts tend to creep into your daily life and prevent you from taking action?

Once you’ve pinpointed these limitations, challenge yourself to overcome them. Remember, you have the ability to rewrite your own narrative and break free from self-imposed constraints.

Don’t let your fears dictate your path—embrace your potential and pursue your aspirations with courage and determination.
As for a new motto, let’s create one together:

“I refuse to let self-imposed limitations dictate my destiny. I am capable of achieving my dreams, and I will relentlessly pursue them.”

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