They are interpretations or value judgements you make about yourself, your experiences, and the world around you.
It is almost like a mental software installed in our brain that takes in raw data through your senses and then applies meaning to it.
If you weigh yourself it is a fact when you look at the number and compare it from the previous weeks weight.
BUT it is a belief when you use that number to determine that a “diet” is not working or “I’ll never lose weight”.
You create a belief around what you thought your results meant.
Beliefs are fun too, if you don’t believe something is possible, you usually won’t attempt it. Also, if you try while your mind is preoccupied with doubts, you won’t perform well and you are likely to quit at the first obstacle.
So how do we identify Limiting Beliefs: First take an honest self-analysis.
-What causes me to be overweight?
-What is preventing me from getting leaner?
IF you answer with cause and effect or if then relationships, you have limiting beliefs.
-I have a slow metabolism
-I am a foodie
-I have kids and a job, so there is no time for me
-I always gain weight back
-I can’t lose weight, I have a thyroid problem
Limiting beliefs include any excuse that is holding you back or any thought preventing you from taking action. Once you identify the limiting belief, challenge it!
What are the consequences of keeping this limiting belief?
What has this cost me in the past?
What is it costing me today?
What will my future consequences be if I don’t change this now?
You were not born with any beliefs; you acquired and developed all of them over time. This means you can change an old belief or acquire a new one anytime you choose.
If you need help sorting through limiting beliefs shoot me a message. We are here to help!