How to Overcome Self-Limiting Beliefs

by Blair Evan Ball on August 23, 2013

The Power of BeliefThe Law of Belief says that, Whatever you believe, with conviction, becomes your reality.”

  • “According to your faith, it is done unto you.
  • “As a man thinketh, in his heart (his beliefs), so is he.”
  • William James of Harvard wrote, “Belief creates the actual fact.”


Self-limiting beliefs, are the worst of all beliefs.

The fact is that, “You do not believe what you see, but rather, you see what you already believe.” Your deeply held beliefs distort your external reality and cause you to see things not the way they are, but the way you are. This affects your relationships, your career, your business and your future.

My father taught me that one of the most devastating things you can do is to “sell yourself short” in life. I see this daily with individuals, business, and Social Media Marketing. As fast as things are changing today, most Boomers have self-limiting beliefs about computers, the internet, and Social Media in general. How can this change? You must be willing to change. Always be learning and growing, if you’re not growing your stagnating and your business probably is too.

  • Knowledge instills confidence
  • Confidence instills enthusiasm
  • Enthusiasm sells


The good news about habits is that all habits are learned, as the result of practice and repetition.

Your negative beliefs soon become habitual ways of thinking. You may believe that you lack…

  • Personality
  • Money
  • Intelligence
  • Creativity
  • Ability to lose weight
  • Ability to stay current with the pace of change
  • Ability to succeed
  • The ability to achieve your goals and dreams
  • Others, you fill in the blank

As a result of your self-limiting beliefs, you continually “sell yourself short,” give up easily in the pursuit of a goal, and even worse, tell other people around you that you lack certain qualities or abilities. Your beliefs then become your realities.

Challenging Your Self-Limiting Beliefs

One of the most important steps you take is to challenge your self-limiting beliefs.


1. Imagining that you have no limitations at all.

When you develop your mind to the point where you absolutely believe that you can do anything you put your mind to, you will find away to make that belief a reality. As a result, your whole life will change.

2. Decide to change.

Beliefs are the hardest things of all to change. But there is good news. It is that all beliefs are learned. And anything that has been learned can be unlearned. You can develop the beliefs of courage, confidence and unstoppable persistence that you need for great success by reprogramming your thoughts in a positive way.

3. Change the image of yourself.

Hold a picture of yourself continually in your imagination and you’ll be drawn to it. Picture what you want – not want you don’t want.

Action Exercises:

1. Look at your field today; identify the three most important reasons why some people are more successful than others.

2. Accept complete responsibility for your life and everything that happens to you; refuse to make excuses or to blame others for anything.

3. What self-limiting beliefs do you have that might be holding you back? What if they weren’t true at all?

4. Expect the best of yourself and others; what would you change if you were absolutely guaranteed of success?

5. In what ways have your dominant thoughts and emotions attracted people, circumstances and situations into your life? How could you change this?

6. Everywhere you look, there you are; what do you need to change in your thoughts if you want to see changes in your outer world?

7. Determine the three most important habits of thought, about yourself and others that you could develop to be happier and more successful.


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