51 Ways to Break a Limiting Belief
Previously, I wrote about the dangers of limiting beliefs, how they can prevent us from achieving the personal and professional success we deserve, and even shared a few of my own. To help all of us get in the mode of thinking about breaking these kinds of beliefs, I wanted to share some quick hit ideas on how to go about doing it. In fact, I actually came up with 51. Some are concrete tactics while others are more inspirational. Check it out and add your own in the comments.
1.Â Â Â Acknowledge It
Identify the limiting belief. Greet it. Let it know that youâ€™re aware it exists.
2.Â Â Â Expose It
Donâ€™t hide from it. Bring it out into the open.
3.Â Â Â Advertise It
Share this limiting belief with others. Theyâ€™ll tell you how ridiculous youâ€™re being when you canâ€™t see it yourself.
4.Â Â Â Challenge It
Ask â€śWhat evidence do I have that supports this belief?â€ť
5.Â Â Â Risk It
What if this liming belief was actually true? So what?! Throw caution to the wind and youâ€™ll discover that â€śfailureâ€ť isnâ€™t so bad.
6.Â Â Â Remember Others Like It
What limiting beliefs have you overcome in the past?
7.Â Â Â Examine It
When did it start? Where did it come from?
8.Â Â Â Pay Attention To It
What is it preventing you from accomplishing?
9.Â Â Â Take It To Its Logical Conclusion
If you donâ€™t get rid of this belief, what will happen?
10.Â Â Â Get Mad At It
This limiting belief is a jerk. Donâ€™t make friends with him. Show him whoâ€™s boss.
11.Â Â Â Laugh At It
Seriously? This limiting belief is hilarious! I canâ€™t even keep a straight face when I think about itâ€¦
12.Â Â Â Take a Break From It
Put it on hold. Pretend it doesnâ€™t exist for a while. Whatâ€™s different?
13.Â Â Â Exaggerate It
Turn up the volume on it. How ridiculous does it look when itâ€™s 20 feet tall?
14.Â Â Â Reverse It
What would happen if the exact opposite was true?
15.Â Â Â Repeat It
Ever repeat the same word or phrase so many times it stops making any sense? Do that.
16.Â Â Â Prioritize It
Make it an important priority to get over this limiting belief. Stop putting it off.
17.Â Â Â Lean Into It
Sometimes pulling away from it only makes it stronger. When you stop resisting, it goes away.
18.Â Â Â Replace It
What UN-Limiting Belief can you put in its place?
19.Â Â Â Starve It
What actions and thoughts feed this limiting belief? Get rid of those and watch it die.
20.Â Â Â Make It Hurt
Try the old stand-by rubber band snap on the wrist every time you find yourself falling back on it.
21.Â Â Â Listen To It
What is this belief really telling you?
22.Â Â Â Respect It
Limiting beliefs shouldnâ€™t be ignored or belittled. Underestimate it at your own peril.
23.Â Â Â Doubt It
Just because it feels real, doesnâ€™t mean it IS real.
24.Â Â Â Invest In It
Put your time, money, and energy into overcoming it.
25.Â Â Â Imagine Life Without It
What would you be capable of?
26.Â Â Â Separate It
Maybe this belief is attached to someone in your life and youâ€™re just absorbing it. Is someone else feeding it to you?
27.Â Â Â Disassociate It
Is there an action, situation or feeling that triggers this belief to pop up? Learn how to have one without the other.
28.Â Â Â Track It
Are there times when it doesnâ€™t show up? Whatâ€™s that all about?
29.Â Â Â Tilt It
Look at it differently. A new perspective may change it completely.
30.Â Â Â Sacrifice It
Yes, you may feel like itâ€™s a part of you that you canâ€™t imagine living without. Let it go. Sacrifice it to the Gods.
31.Â Â Â Reason With It
32.Â Â Â Look for Twins
Is one limiting belief showing up in multiple ways?
33.Â Â Â Forgive Yourself
Donâ€™t hold it against yourself that youâ€™ve been harboring this limiting belief. Youâ€™re human.
34.Â Â Â Interrupt It
When you notice a limiting belief rearing its ugly head, stop yourself mid-thought andâ€¦
35.Â Â Â Breathe Into It
36.Â Â Â Confront It
Look it in the eye.
37.Â Â Â Verbalize It
Say it out loud. How silly does it sound?
38.Â Â Â Write About It
Put it on paper. How different does it look?
39.Â Â Â Simplify It
At its fundamental core, what is this limiting belief about?
40.Â Â Â Engage With It
Start a conversation. Get to know it.
41.Â Â Â Connect It
How is this limiting belief connected to your mental attitude?
42.Â Â Â Align Forces Against It
Prepare all of your faculties for battle.
43.Â Â Â Reword It
If you phrase it in a different way, does it offer a different meaning?
44.Â Â Â Compartmentalize It
Isolate it to one corner of your mind. Donâ€™t let it infect other thoughts.
45.Â Â Â Normalize It
Youâ€™re not unique for having these beliefs. Everyone has them. Itâ€™s okay.
46.Â Â Â Reframe It
It might feel like truth. But itâ€™s not. Itâ€™s a perception. Reframe it as such.
47.Â Â Â Take Responsibility For It
This limiting belief belongs to you. Itâ€™s yours to keep or discard. Make the choice.
48.Â Â Â Disconnect From It
This belief is not a part of who you are. It is not your identity. Losing it will only let your true identity shine more.
49.Â Â Â Tune It Out
Stop listening! Turn a deaf ear on it. Hit the â€śmuteâ€ť button.
50.Â Â Â Abandon It
Leave it in a basket at the edge of the woods. A pack of wolves might adopt it and raise it to be one of their own.
51.Â Â Â Take Action On It
Nothing will change without your active participation. What are you doing TODAY to overcome this limiting belief?