“You’re grades will fall when you get to high school”. Those were the words my beloved grand father repeatedly said to me the summer before I started. My response: “No they won’t”, and they didn’t – in fact they improved. This is a perfect example of the power of beliefs, both limiting- and empowering beliefs.
All people have limiting beliefs and I don’t think we can rid ourselves of them all (this in itself is a limiting belief!) but at least we can work to abolish the ones that serve us the least. I have seen limiting beliefs in play many times, and you probably have too if you think about it. The most obvious place is in the gym: here people’s ability to achieve certain goals are often determined by their beliefs. I used to believe that my genetics had sentenced me to a non-athletic body but upon changing that belief (by seeing inspirational transformations and learning about bodybuilding) I was able to change my behaviour and achieve my goal.
“Make sure your own worst enemy doesn’t live between your own two ears.” – Laird Hamilton
It can take some time to realise how big an impact limiting beliefs actually have on us but once you realise it you will be very careful about the words you choose to use and the thoughts you allow yourself to think. I very rarely use the phrase “I can’t” – it is the most dis-empowering phrase in any language. You may think that I’m unrealistic in my beliefs, but honestly what is the point of being realistic if it is going to keep you from your goals?
The video below tells the story of a man who was told by doctors – the representatives of science, the people who are trusted more than god or any other power – that he would never be able to walk unassisted. He could very well have believed them and held that as a limiting belief and he probably would have proved them right but he chose not to:
Realise that YOUR beliefs determine YOUR life. Screw what other people deem to be realistic. If you say it can be done and act accordingly; then prepare to watch magic unfold.
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Thank you for reading. Yours truly, Christian Rosenvold