Your beliefs can direct the entire course of your life. If you believe that you’re capable of achieving your dreams, then you will also be more motivated. In the same way, if you believe that you’re lacking in some way, then you will probably have less confidence and enthusiasm about striving for your dreams.
Indeed, you can have all the makings of a successful person but still not achieve success because your beliefs are holding you back. This can be difficult to overcome, especially if you have beliefs that you have held onto since you were young. Change is also a terrifying prospect, which can further hinder your attempts to develop new ways of thinking.
Still, letting go of your old, limiting beliefs can be one of the best things that you can do for your career and well-being. Why? Here are just five powerful reasons:
It Will Awaken Your Ambition
If you believe that you won’t achieve anything in life, then you truly will not. You’ll box yourself within the confines of your beliefs, thus limiting what you could accomplish. You might even believe that you aren’t deserving of success. But once you free yourself from these boundaries, you’ll realise just how much more you can do. You will be able to awaken your ambition and recognise what you have to do to achieve that ambition. In short, letting go of your limiting beliefs can light a fire under you and stoke your passion to achieve more. It will help you find the joy in the smallest things, while at the same time stop you from being afraid of chasing bigger goals.
It Will Help You Move Forward
As mentioned, some of our limiting beliefs stem back from childhood. These beliefs tie you firmly to the past. The past might be a big part of your life, but there is also no reason to let the past hold you back. By letting go of your old beliefs and replacing them with new more powerful ones, you can move your life forward. Instead of holding on to something that is dragging you back, the past becomes something that you revisit to help you remember how far you’ve come.
It Will Change the Course of Your Future
Your beliefs are an intrinsic part of who you are. They can shape the way you think of yourself and directly shape your future. If you believe that you are uncreative, you will label yourself as uncreative. Then, slowly, other people will also see you that way as well. The problem is that many of these beliefs aren’t a reflection of your true self. Often, they’re our own twisted interpretations of what somebody said, or perhaps something that has happened to you, in the past. Once you change your beliefs and establish stronger ones that are anchored in truth, you’ll be in better position to be in command of your future.
It Will Improve Your Quality of Life
Limiting beliefs does just what it implies: it limits you. By accepting these limiting beliefs, you’ll undoubtedly be afraid to try new things and you’ll make fewer attempts to break your self-imposed boundaries. Thus, you’ll be missing out on inspiration and opportunity. When you let go of your limiting beliefs, you’ll be able to live a richer, fuller, more colourful life. You’ll see things with a clearer vision. In turn, this will help you appreciate and love yourself more, flaws and all.
It Will Help You Grow as a Person
Personal growth isn’t just about your career. It’s also about your growth as a person. You come to recognise and understand things that you didn’t know before. You learn how to accept your feelings and how to cope with intense emotions in healthier ways. You also become more open to new ways of thinking, which can be difficult to achieve if you’re still tied to your old beliefs.
How Do You Let Go of Old Beliefs?
The big challenge here is the actual process of letting go of your old beliefs. Again, many of these are things that you’ve held onto from a young age. They could have also come from people that you respect, such as your parents or your teachers. Still, it’s not an insurmountable task. It takes a lot of courage and introspection, but it’s certainly possible.
The first thing you have to do is to identify those old beliefs. Write them down and say them out loud. Then, think about the reasons you’ve held on to those beliefs. Think of the person or the circumstances that led you to believe in them. Try to remember everything you thought and felt. Finally, challenge those beliefs. Try to prove that they are indeed true, and that they are helpful. If you can’t support them with unshakeable proof, their foundations will crumble. You’ll then find it easier to discard them and replace them with new, more empowering ones.
Your beliefs can influence the most significant parts of your life. If you hold on to outdated, unhelpful beliefs, then you won’t be able to realise your full potential. Don’t be afraid to let go of your long-held beliefs if they aren’t pushing you towards achieving your purpose. Again, it might be challenging to do so but the rewards are definitely worth it.