Are you trying to make changes to some aspect of your life or achieve a goal? Do you find it difficult to make any progress? Do you remain stuck with your old behaviour patterns? If you answered ‘yes’ you are not alone. This is a common problem and one for which people often seek out a life coach. There are several reasons this could be happening but your beliefs could be at least part of the reason.
What is a belief?
Beliefs are generalisations which are made about something, that is mistaken for reality. Beliefs are learnt, and usually originate in childhood as a result of a feeling or experience. They start as a thought and become beliefs when we find evidence to validate them. Over time, by repeating the thought, we reinforce the neural pathway in the brain that keeps the belief alive. The beliefs that hold you back from achieving what you want to achieve are called ‘limiting beliefs’. Some examples of limiting beliefs are ‘I am not good enough’ ‘I am not smart enough’, ‘life is a struggle’. Do you recognise any of these?
Are beliefs easy to change?
Yes they can be but before you can a belief you have to recognise it. Because beliefs are unconscious we are often unaware of them, even though they may be having a big impact on our lives. The first step in eliminating limiting beliefs is to become aware of them. Changing the belief is relatively easy once you have identified the belief and recognised that the belief no longer serves you.
How can I change my beliefs?
Is there something that is holding you back? Do you have some beliefs that no longer serve you and you would like to change? Do you suspect that you may have some limiting beliefs but you don’t know what they are? Fortunately there are several coaching strategies available from the fields of NLP, EFT or positive psychology that are all helpful in releasing the power of the limiting belief and helping you to move forward in your life.
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