15 Limiting Beliefs That Are Holding You Back From Reaching Your Full Potential

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We all make harmless excuses to get out of things we’re not in the mood for.

We say things like: “Honey, I’m too tired.” “I have a doctor’s appointment.” “I have a spinning class.”

Those things are excuses for: You’re not in the mood, you’re perfectly healthy and want to get out of something, and by “spinning class”, you mean watching an episode of Stranger Things

Not a big deal. Those excuses are not bad, but we also make other excuses, that mess up our life.

We say things like: “I would start a business, but I can’t get $100K of starting capital.”

For years, I’ve made up all kinds of excuses for the things that I wanted to do. The truth is that I was just scared. And because of that, you never start.

But it’s also an easy way to fool yourself that you are not the problem, it’s something or someone else. We do anything to say: “I’m not the problem.”

You know what happens when these small—seemingly insignificant excuses—compound over time? They turn into severe limiting beliefs that chain us to the comforts of our mediocre lives.

We often forget that compounding also has a negative side. That’s why we must get rid of our limiting beliefs as early as we can. That means now.

Here are 15 limiting beliefs that I’ve had in the past, and how I destroyed them.

  1. I don’t have time — This is the mother of all excuses. We all have the same 1440 minutes every day. How is it that some people get stuff done and others don’t? It’s simple: they don’t waste their time. “I don’t have time,” can NEVER be your excuse. If you can’t do something, give the real reason: “I don’t like it.” “I prefer to watch TV.”

Making excuses is a habit. A nasty one because it obstructs your life. And the worst thing is that you do it to yourself. Benjamin Franklin put it best:

“He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.”

No one wants to be no good. Think about it: Are your limiting beliefs even real reasons not to do something?

Probably not. I guarantee that someone has been in your shoes, and I also guarantee that they made shit happen, so why can’t you?

Creator of the Stoic Letter (new letter comes out every Friday) | Author of 7 books and 6 courses at dariusforoux.com

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