What are the beliefs that are standing in the way of what you want?
Oftentimes when we begin to dig for what it is that’s holding us back, we search for the answer outside of ourselves. Aiming for a new career, a new job, a new friend group, a new this or that. While change is necessary in growing, oftentimes we carry the same beliefs to the new situation, which is not a long-term strategy for change.
So, how do we change the belief system that shapes our very existence?
First we must do the hard part, which is finding and acknowledging the beliefs that might be in the way of our successes.
Notice the world “acknowledge”, for when we push against a belief by becoming angry or frustrated about how we have never changed it, or how badly we wish it didn’t exist, the belief will continue to push back and create resistance.
Acknowledgment of a limiting belief is the first step to replacing it with a new, healthy belief system.
I held onto a belief for a long time that one’s “work” in life must consist of one thing and one thing only, and to expand over multiple industries would be taboo.
Is this true? No. In fact, limiting yourself to one business or occupation is just that: limiting yourself.
Because Bono was known for being the face of the band U2, does that mean that he shouldn’t have an investment fund? Of course not.
Is George Clooney wrong for having his own line of tequila? Also no.
Because Serena Williams is one of the world’s greatest tennis players, does that mean she should be banished from the fashion industry? Another no.
With the belief that we are confined to one type of business, one industry or one line of work, how likely are we to grow and expand into more of what we want to be?
The answer is not very likely.
It took me a long time to acknowledge the fact that this belief existed, but as soon as I did it was as though a veil had been lifted and I was able to see things in a whole new light. Is it totally okay to expand your work across multiple industries?
Think for a second about a belief that might be limiting for you in some way. Here are a few examples to get your brain jogging:
- “Hard work is the only path to success”
- “I’m not qualified for it”
- “I don’t know enough”
- “I could never learn how to do that”
- “Money is hard to come by”
- “I am limited to the resources I can see right now”
- “In order to make a good living, I must be working 40 hours per week”
- “More hours = More money”
- “I’m too old”
- “I’m too young”
- “People in my family or friend circle wouldn’t approve of me”
- “Maybe I won’t be loved”
- “I could never make a living doing something I love”
- “Getting rich is for those people”
Think, think, think.
The good news? Once you acknowledge and replace the belief, you are moving quickly towards that which you desire.
To replace my limiting belief about having one line of work, I would repeatedly write down the following statement:
“The only limits that exist are those which I have created for myself”
This makes facing some of your beliefs humorous on some level.
In the year upcoming, focus on expanding your thinking and deleting these old, outdated beliefs that no longer serve you.
While you’re here, the latest episode of the Alignment Club Podcast covers this very subject. Make today spectacular: