Recently we were working on handstand in yoga class. To feel more comfortable, we were working against the wall which meant that when you kick up, with your feet over your head, you cannot fall over. However, as soon as I got in position my brain told me that I was not strong enough and that I was going to fall on my head. Guess what happened? I could not get my feet off of the ground and it was because of limiting beliefs.
I find that limiting beliefs can prevent me from doing so much that I am fully capable of doing. Do you do this to yourself as well?
There are many things I do not do because I don’t think I can do them. I cannot do a handstand or a headstand or really any upside down pose. I cannot draw or sing. I cannot run. I have trouble going to a party where I do not know anyone. Are any of these really true?
My limiting beliefs about myself prevent me from even trying any of these things. The limiting beliefs cause fear. They cause me to fear that I am going to fail or embarrass myself. However, that should not matter.
We should try those things that we are passionate about even if there is the risk of failure. In the long run, who cares if we try and fall flat on our face. And no one is good at something the first time they try.
There have been times that I have let my limiting beliefs get the best of me and it has caused me to miss out on something amazing. When we were in Hawaii years ago I refused to swing on a rope over a deep lagoon because I was not sure I could do it. I still regret that I didn’t try it. But I am so glad that my limiting beliefs have not prevented me from trying zip lining, going whitewater rafting, learning to knit or start blogging.
I am still working on keeping those limiting beliefs in check. My dream is to write a novel. I have dabbled with an idea and a few pages here and there. When I sit down to write I am immediately seized with the limiting belief that I am not a writer or that I am a terrible writer. It prevents me from moving forward and having fun just writing.
That critical voice in our head is loud and sometimes the best thing we can do is acknowledge it. And then tell that voice it is a liar. If you really want to pursue something, do it and do not let those limiting beliefs hold you back.
In the meantime, I am going to tell that voice to shut up when I sit down to write and also when I work on my handstand. I may only write a paragraph or I may get my feet barely off the ground but it will be progress which will show that voice who is boss.
Do you have limiting beliefs about yourself that are holding you back? Is there anything you do to put those limiting beliefs aside? –June
Many people are passionate, but because of their limiting beliefs about who they are and what they can do, they never take actions that could make their dreams a reality. -Tony Robbins