What Beliefs are Holding you Back? - How to Use Affirmations to Overcome Them

Everyone comes into this world with a clear mind, with a belief that everything is possible. Think back to when you were a child, you could do everything and become anything, living without any boundaries!

As we grow up however, we pick up beliefs, fears and limitations from our environment and through out interactions with people that gradually form the person we are today. A lot of these beliefs unfortunately are negative, due to the negativity bias, and as we build our lives they limit us in our actions and being. As we get older these very often contribute to unhappiness or feeling unfulfilled in our lives and business.

It can be the smallest -- seemingly harmless -- remark from a mother like "just let me handle that, you are no good at that" that can convince you that you are not good at a certain task. A teacher who calls a pupil "the clumsy one" can do more harm with this remark than he realizes when repeated often enough. With every remark the belief is harnessed further in the child that it indeed is clumsy. Even though a remark is said with a smile or with the intend to be funny, it still leaves a legacy in the belief system.

This programming of course doesn’t stop when we reach adulthood, it keeps influencing us in all stages of our life. We are being influenced by our parents, children, partner, friends, colleagues, television, newspapers, magazines and so on. Sometimes positive, but very often in a negative way. In fact the more we care for, value or respect a particular person the more impact and influential their comments and actions will be.

No wonder we limit ourselves in so many ways! Belief is the key to your success. If you belief you can do something, you can. If you belief you can’t do something, you will be right too.

The good news is: we can choose to reprogram our mind and replace any negative, limiting beliefs for positive contributing ones. This can be done by the use of affirmations. Now there’s a lot of confusing material and in some case down right lies written about affirmations, what they are and what they can and can’t do.

An affirmation is simply a positive statement that we tell ourselves. A good affirmation should have the 3 following features:
1.) It is stated in the present tense
2.) It covers a goal you want to achieve
3.) It overrules a pre-existing negative beliefs towards that goal.

An example is "I enjoy going for a 20 minute walk every day", or "I am excellent at giving presentations". By stating this positive affirmation regularly during your day, you will come to believe this about yourself in exactly the same way as when the negative beliefs first imprinted themselves on you. In turn you will achieve the goal you have set for yourself easier, and this behaviour becomes self-reinforcing. This positive self talk helps your mind to overcome the beliefs that you have about yourself, that limit your success and actions.

 

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