Updated: Jul 26
Ready to Break Away from Those Negative Thoughts that are limiting you in Life?
Have negative thoughts hindered your efforts to live, learn, and grow? Your personal
beliefs about yourself and your life matter more than you realize. In fact, those beliefs
become the very foundation upon which you build your life.
How do you recognize self-sabotaging thoughts?
Some common self-limiting thoughts are:
“I’ll never be able to save any money for retirement.”
“I guess I won’t ever fall in love again.”
“Why can’t I find any trustworthy friends?”
“I’ll be fat forever.”
“I'm sure "so and so" will get that promotion over me.”
“I wish I could take a vacation to Europe, but I know I could never afford it.”
“How will I ever live the life I want earning what I earn now?”
If you identified some of your limiting thoughts while reading the above examples, take steps to break your cognitive ties to those thinking patterns.
Focus on these strategies to start thinking in a new direction:
1. Refrain from labeling yourself. If you see yourself as “poor” financially, then
you might unconsciously strive to match that label. Or if you think of yourself as
“fat” you may be unable to imagine yourself as beautiful and thin.
2. Take baby steps. When you continually move towards your goals, you’ll gain the
momentum to keep on going. Rather than think you’re unable to achieve
success, make a plan of achievable steps to ensure you do.
For example, perhaps you’d like a European vacation. Instead of believing
you’ll never get there, establish a small weekly savings goal of $20, and
keep putting the money aside until you have enough.
3. Learn to be your own best friend. Love yourself enough to be your own best
friend. Do this by giving yourself the benefit of the doubt. Think positive
thoughts such as, "I can do this." When you practice this, you’ll reject self-limiting
4. Believe in yourself. Instead of insisting you’ll “never” do something, say that
you can, and then do it. If you turn those negatives into positives, it boosts your
self-esteem. Trust that you can accomplish, succeed, and prevail.
5. Assess the truth. Ask yourself, “Is what I’m thinking really true?”
For example, is it an absolute reality that you'll never be able to save any money at all for
It doesn't have to be true, unless you strive for that.
Change your mindset by beginning your retirement fund today.
At the end of the day, put all your change into a jar. See how simple it is to start
Question your self-limiting thoughts.
When you realize they’re unrealistic, untrue, and within your power to change, you’ll be able to break away.
6. Recognize how powerful your negative thoughts are. ...
You create who you are
Ready to Break Away from Those Thought That are Keeping You Stuck in Your Life