How Can A Limiting Belief Hold Us Back?

Have you ever gone to a circus and seen an elephant being held in place by a thin piece of rope around its ankle?  Think about this for a second. An elephant is one of the strongest animals in the world and can move entire trees. Why then does it not simply break this thin rope and run away?

This answer lies within its limiting beliefs.  When circus trainers first get a baby elephant to train, they start by tying its leg up with a heavy chain.  The baby elephant will pull and pull to try to get away because that’s its natural instinct.  It will pull day after day until it exhausts itself, all the while, not being able to break free.  One day, it will give up hope and think it’s impossible to get away.  Eventually, trainers can tie a thin rope around its ankle and it will never try to escape, simply because it doesn’t think it can.

This very thing happens to us all the time!  When we were little kids, we thought we could be, do and have anything.  Somewhere along the way, we started to believe what other people told us.  We forgot about our dreams to become Prime Minister or an astronaut.  We soon settled for less.

Now, we don’t believe we are good enough, smart enough, pretty enough, thin enough, etc.

But, this does not have to be the way!

We can challenge our limiting beliefs!  Our first step is by being aware of them.

Look at the following areas in your life.  Write what you would like to achieve, no matter how crazy you think it is.  Next, write down why you can’t achieve your goals…these are some limiting beliefs.

Areas to examine:

  • Finances
  • Relationships
  • Health
  • Spirituality
  • Business/Career

What are some of your limiting beliefs?  Let me know!

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