Our limiting beliefs are truly our biggest obstacle to achieving anything that we desire, including getting healthy and losing weight. Tony Robbins says, “it’s not the events of our lives that shape us, but our beliefs as to what those events mean.” What we do is often driven by our beliefs. We get attached to the beliefs that we have of ourselves, whether it’s negative or positive. That is why it is so difficult to change the way we think about ourselves. We get very comfortable with those beliefs, and at times, the fear prevents us from doing the things that we want to do, or what we need to do. Our limiting beliefs and what we think of ourselves become our excuses to moving forward.
If you believe that you are not smart enough to do something, you won’t do it.
If you believe you are not a capable of losing weight, you won’t do it. Maybe you have tried many diets that haven’t worked and you have developed a belief that you will always be overweight.
Maybe you have been around negativity so long that you have developed a belief that there is nothing positive in the world.
Maybe you have developed a belief that you are not worthy of love, so you will never find love.
Maybe you have developed a belief that you don’t have a perfect body, so you hate your body.
These limiting beliefs are what is holding you back and keeping you stuck. You need to release your limiting beliefs in order to move forward. What worked for me was to challenge my limiting beliefs, release them and replace them with positive ones. With regards to your health, changing the way you eat, also means changing the way you think. That means you need to change your limiting beliefs that you can’t do this, that you will always be overweight, that you will always be unhealthy, always have low energy, or whatever your limiting beliefs may be, and start to believe that you can and will succeed.
Think of your negative thoughts as tiny mad ideas. Not truths, just ideas that your inner voice is whispering to you.
It might sound like this…
“I have always been overweight, and I’ll probably never be able to lose it anyway.”
“It doesn’t matter what I do, I will never be beautiful.”
“No one will love me for who I am because I’m not enough.”
“I’m not good enough”
“I will always be…”
“I could never…”
They also come in the form of I Can’t. I can’t is just an excuse that if repeated enough, it will become a limiting belief. That limiting belief can become a major obstacle to achieving what we want.
“I can’t do it, its too hard.”
“I can’t cook healthy food.”
“I can’t get myself to feel motivated because I’m too tired.”
“I can’t lose weight because I’ve always been overweight.”
“I can’t do it because it will be too much work.”
“I can’t do it because I don’t have time.”
YOU NEED TO BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
How can you be happy if you don’t believe you deserve to be happy?
How can you attract more positivity, if you are constantly thinking toxic thoughts?
How can you be healthy if you don’t believe that you can be healthy?
How can you have the relationships you want if you don’t believe you deserve them, or you don’t think you are good enough?
How can you achieve your desires, in any area of your life, if you don’t think you are capable?
You have to open yourself up to the awareness of your limiting beliefs, your tiny mad ideas, before you can start to choose new positive thoughts – plant new seeds. You have to keep them from taking root and becoming shackles that weigh you down and keep you stuck. To overcome your limiting beliefs you need to accept that they are there, learn to live with them, give them shit when they start talking smack, and replace them with new loving beliefs.
Today, answer this question, what are your limiting beliefs and how are they holding you back? How can you flip it around and create a new belief, a belief that will plant new seeds? Seeds of self-love. Seeds of self-compassion. Seeds of self-kindness.
Along with your beliefs, you can also create a self-love practice to create a life that you love. Click here to read It Starts With Self Love.
Sending you oodles of positivity, happiness & joy,
Laurie-ann Sheldrick, The Contagiously Positive Girl