LIMITING BELIEFS - Welcome to My Woven Words


What does limiting beliefs mean?

Basically, you may have a mental block, a thought that tells you that you cannot do or achieve your desired results.
You cannot take action because of some….I don’t know…. reasons you might have in your mind.

The reasons could be that you are too old, young, poor, fat, ugly, uneducated or whatever.

But how can you have a mental block to do something when you haven't even tried it yet!!!??

How would you know you cannot achieve it!!!??

How would you know that you cannot be a millionaire one day?

Who limits your beliefs?

Limiting beliefs are governed by 2 main influencers, the environment surrounding you and the people you mix with everyday.

The Environment

The environment is the place you live, study, work, hang out etc. When you were young, you attended school. What did the school teach you?

The school’s education is great but it does not teach motivation and how to be successful.

The lessons in school are Math, Literature, English, Science, etc. 

Knowledge is not power, knowledge + action = power.

But, you need motivation to support action. 

So, the equation should be :

knowledge + (action + motivation) = power.
How about the place you live in? If it’s clean, you will automatically be a clean person as well. If it’s untidy, you will be a messy person. Here is how the environment plays a part in limiting beliefs:

For example, John works in a company as a sales executive. All his other colleagues normally earn $2,000.00 to $4,000.00 a month. Because of this environment, it limits John to believe he cannot make more than $4,000.00 because $4,000.00 is the maximum that anyone can earn.

But if you are to put John in an environment where all the sales executives make $10,000.00 per month, do you think John will ultimately make that same amount of money?

He probably would, because he believes he can make $10,000.00 now.

If he can lift off the limiting beliefs, logically John will be motivated to earn $10,000.000 each month with the support of the correct environment. 

People you mix with.

Look at those people you mix with everyday. Do you hear them complaining about their problems or encouraging you for more success?

If you ‘buy into’ the thoughts and ideas of those people surrounding you with their limiting beliefs, you may create your own negative limiting beliefs because of the expectations of the people you mix with.

If you have motivated friends, you will feel motivated every time you chat with them, right?

These limiting beliefs will give you the wrong impression that you are not good enough or have the capability to achieve higher results in life.

 And it stops you from dreaming big. 

Let’s take the richest man on earth today, Bill Gates, as a good example.

Even though there are rumors that say Bill Gates is NOT a human, which I think is not true….he is just like you and me!
All ordinary people can achieve extraordinary results if they can throw away the limiting beliefs that are blocking them unconsciously.

Here is your action plan:

First, destroy the limiting beliefs you have in your mind right now. 

Write down the goal you want to achieve. Then, write down all the limiting beliefs you have that are stopping you right now.

You cannot achieve the results you want because:

1.    you are too young?

2.    you are too old?

3.    you are too poor?

4.    you are too uneducated?

5.    you have too much commitment?

List down your limiting beliefs.

Can you delete the limiting beliefs you have in your mind now? If yes, take action and do it. 

See the results you get and work it out from there to improve. 

But sometimes you cannot destroy limiting beliefs because it is not easy to change a belief system that has been engrained in your life for years.

Here is a way to destroy it:

You can destroy your limiting belief by not associating with the negative references. What are negative references?

For example, let’s say you want to chat with a cute girl you saw in a library. You wanted to get to know her better.

But because last time, you saw a guy that looked like Tom Cruise being turned down by this girl, you thought you won’t stand a chance starting a conversation with her.
If you are a guy reading this right now, you will be able to associate with this simple situation I’m talking about.
When I was in high school, I didn't dare start a conversation with the hottest girl in the school. I thought I was not so-called ‘cool’ enough or qualified enough!! Sounds stupid, right? Not qualified!? I mean, what kinda qualification is required to start a conversation with a girl?

Is there like a guidebook or regulations about how to talk with the hottest girl in school? Am I missing something here, or is it just my limiting belief that stops me from taking action?

It’s the limiting beliefs that stop us.

The above example is an example of the negative references. What you did not refer to is, maybe, there was a guy that is not good looking or rich but has managed to chat with her many times!!!

Here is another example:

You think you couldn’t start a business in the health supplements industry because you have a friend that had lost $10,000.00 in the first month of the health supplement business. 

But what you did not know is that there are other people who are making more than $10,000.00 every month in the same business! This is the good reference you must refer to so you can break your limiting belief.

Associating with positive references will anchor your motivation so that you can have more confidence to take action.

When you have a wrong reference, you will not be motivated to take action because you can only see the negative potential.

What you should do is, if you have this kind of negative reference and start to feel unmotivated, STOP!!! Search for references that have been proven to work for whatever action you want to make. Use the positive references as your ‘stand point’ to hold up your belief system so that you are convinced that whatever action you want to take, it is possible.

There are always positive references to motivate you if you search hard enough. If you want to be an entrepreneur, don’t refer to people that have failed in business and complained, but look at people like Michael Dell, Richard Branson, Bill Gates, etc to boost your motivation. It doesn’t have to be these multi millionaires as examples; it could be your friend that has been successful in business as well.

There are always positive references surrounding you.

Then, you might probably ask yourself, if he can do it, why can’t I?


It may be your own fear or your own limiting beliefs that are stopping you from taking action for success today.

By Patric Chan

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