No More Excuses – Turn Limiting Beliefs into Empowering Thoughts

Do you hold self limiting beliefs about yourself and what you can do, be or have?

A limiting belief is a deep seated thought formed by family, culture, society or group.  It’s a belief that guides how you live your life, either consciously or subconsciously.  Often, these beliefs  place restrictions on who you can become and what you can achieve. Limiting beliefs can easily morph into a litany of excuses for not moving forward in your life.

We all make excuses at some time in our lives…but the reality is whether or not you allow limiting beliefs to transform your life or maintain the status quo.

Your  excuse may be that you’re waiting for the right time, the right place, right circumstances and your statements are peppered with “I don’t have enough money, time, resources”; “I’ve tried to..; someday.., etc.

Excuses only reinforce the limiting beliefs you have about yourself and your life allowing it to thrive with no sign of ending in sight.

What excuses or limiting beliefs keeps you from living your best life?

Henry Ford once said, “If you think you can…. or if you think you can’t…you’re right!” It all depends on what you believe about yourself.  You can do anything you want if you believe you can!

Your thoughts are a direct route to your feelings. Your feelings affect your behavior. And, consequently, your behavior is the end result of your thoughts. It all begins with your thoughts, since you have to allow a thought for it to become a belief.

Your beliefs determine what you think is or is not possible. More often than not they prove to be self-fulfilling prophecies. Once a belief is formed, your mind works overtime to prove it right, even if the belief is something negative like “nobody cares about me” or “I can’t…”

How to change limiting beliefs to empowering thoughts:

  • Be brutally honest about your beliefs by writing them down.
  • List all the self-limiting beliefs you currently have, for example:
  • I can’t have what I want under any circumstances.
  • I lack the ability to achieve what I want.
  • I don’t deserve to have what I want because of something I am/am not or have/have not done.

Challenge your limiting beliefs by asking yourself:

  • “Is it always that way?’, ‘Do I ever…?”,
  • “How do I know that to be true?”
  • “Who/where would I be if I didn’t believe this thought?”

Once you have identified and challenged each of your limiting beliefs, you are now ready to turn them into empowering thoughts!

Use this example of an empowering thought to get you started:

I am willing…I’m ready…I’m available to more good than I have ever imagined or experienced at any time in my life

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Until Next time…

Gladys Anderson - Life Coach, Therapist, Author



Gladys Anderson, founder of Coach for YOUR Dreams, is a certified life coach, licensed marriage and family therapist, writer and speaker. Gladys combines years of experience, training and a genuine commitment to helping nurses, therapists, teachers and other caregivers balance the many demands on their time and energy, create boundaries  that shift balance from overwhelm to energized, and live their lives with courage, confidence and clarity

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