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Changing Limiting Beliefs Increases Your Chance of Success

By Linda S. Pucci, Ph.D.

Some of the biggest and most deadly obstacles to achieving success are the beliefs you hold about yourself. Limiting beliefs are those things you believe about yourself, even if you wish you didn’t. They are beliefs such as “I can’t” or “I’m not good enough,” or “I don’t deserve…” These self-limiting beliefs can sabotage all your efforts more completely than just about anything else.

A self-limiting belief can operate below your level of consciousness and can keep you from success, keep you from moving forward, and keep you from having the sort of life you really deserve.

The first step toward changing those beliefs is identifying what they are. Surprisingly, they are often beliefs that consciously you wouldn’t think you believed, but at heart operate as if they are true and a part of your life.

For example, if you subconsciously don’t think you are good enough, you will have trouble getting a raise, finding a new job, or attracting a worthwhile romance. If, for some reason you don’t believe you can save money, you’ll find ways to spend it or lose it any time you get some.

Limiting beliefs usually come from a decision we make in response to a negative emotional experience. We decide (subconsciously, of course) to hold this belief as a way of understanding and dealing with some negative experience. Maybe you weren’t invited to a party as a teenager, and you decided that must mean “I’m not good enough.” The problem may be that the belief took hold and began to generalize to other areas–not just teenage cliques, but into the workplace, into relationships, and maybe even into your core beliefs about yourself.

When we hold a belief, we tend to defend that belief vigorously, ignoring evidence to the contrary. As a result, when we are treated as “good enough,” we discount it, ignore it, or distort it so that it doesn’t change that long-held belief.

Because of how tenaciously beliefs hang on, changing a belief isn’t the easiest thing to do. While we might wish that we were not limited by these beliefs, we often resist believing differently. How can we change those limiting beliefs? There are many ways to do it, but you will need to find what works best for you.

One way to change a limiting belief is to be open to conflicting evidence. Challenge that belief. Ask yourself “Is this belief really true? Is it possible that I’m ignoring things that don’t support that belief?” Sometimes this is enough to make you get really honest with yourself. Then you can challenge the belief every time it occurs.

Changing a limiting belief into something more empowering is often vital to removing the obstacles to your success. If something has blocked you from being as successful as you would like, look at what you really believe about yourself. Begin to challenge those self-limiting beliefs. You’ll be amazed at how much easier things become when you get out of your own way.

© 2012 Linda S. Pucci, Ph.D.

Linda Pucci, Ph.D. is a life coach, trainer and owner of Inner Resource Center, LLC in Maryville, TN. She has 34 years of experience helping people overcome obstacles and self-sabotage by using her solution focused approach. She is dedicated to helping people find the resources they need to transform their lives. Check out how an Intensive Personal Breakthrough session might be just what you need to get unstuck. For more information and more free resources, go to