The limiting beliefs that you are told your entire life shape everything that you do. They have even prevented you from seeing opportunities and reaching your goals. To identify the limiting beliefs in your life, you have to ask yourself why things aren’t working out. Once you’ve defined your limiting beliefs, it’s time to start releasing them so you can move forward and live the life you’ve always dreamed of living.

1. Write Down the Limiting Belief
You will have to play detective to follow your thoughts and emotions to discover your limiting beliefs. Write them down on a piece of paper and look at them. Spend some time noting how strong each of the beliefs is and what emotions they elicit from you.

2. Acknowledge They are Beliefs and Not Truths
Acknowledging that these are beliefs and not truths is the hardest step in releasing your limiting beliefs. The beliefs you’ve held your entire life, seem like there are real. Understanding that they are not set truths is fundamental. You have the choice to either continue to defend these limitations or let them go so you can begin reaching your goals.

3. Consider Different Beliefs
Using your imagination, you can consider different beliefs that are more in line with what you truly want out of your life. It might be something like, “Now that I’ve been in an unhealthy relationship, I now know what to look for in a loving and happy partner.” The trick to making this work is going beyond merely saying it. You have to be able to feel how this new belief feels. When you can do this, the first two steps will go a long way to dismantling your current limiting beliefs.

4. Take Different Actions
Doing things differently can be a little bit scary, but in order to release your old beliefs that have been limiting your potential, you have to act as if this new belief is true. If you avoid taking any steps toward your new belief, you will merely be feeding your old limiting belief and will continue to fail to reach the goals you set. Making even the smallest step will help to solidify your new beliefs and destroy your old limiting ones.

Allowing your limited beliefs to continue to dominate your life will only continue your disappointment in not being able to reach the goals you set for yourself. Following these steps will allow you to begin thinking in a different, more productive way and eliminating the self-limiting beliefs that have always held you back.

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