A key component of becoming a Self-Directed Thinker is to replace limiting beliefs with empowering one that drive you toward accomplishing your dreams.
But what exactly is a LIMITING BELIEF?
I recall a wonderful examples told to me as a child. The circus came to our city and my dad took me over to watch them putting up the big tents. I watched while they had the powerful elephants pulling on the pole raising the big top tent. This was very impressive to a little boy. I remember saying to my dad that the elephants were so strong, how did they control them from running away.
My dad said when the elephants were young and not so strong, they put a chain around the let of the elephant and other end was attached to a pole cemented in the ground. Pull as they might, the elephants learned that they couldn’t get away.
However, later in life they just attache the chain to a small pin in the soil. If the elephant ever tried, it would be simple to walk away. But it developed a limiting belief that when a chain is around the leg meant don’t try to pull away.
The really debilitating thing about limiting beliefs is that often you don’t know they are holding you back. You simply think “that is the way it is, I can’t do X” So you don’t try.
Even if you see other people doing X, you have been trained that you cannot. So you don’t try.
On the one hand, if I watch Lebron James slam dunking the basketball, I can admire him but not try to do it myself. But on the other hand, when I see people accomplishing some of the things of my dreams but I don’t think I can, it is such a waste. My own blueprint is limiting what I do.
So we miss out in life on things we desire. Not because we couldn’t accomplish them, just because we think we can’t.
Thank goodness we have found a way to replace limiting beliefs with empowering ones. I CAN BE WHAT I WILL TO BE! I CAN BE WHAT I WILL TO BE! i CAN BE WHAT I WILL TO BE!
Peace and prosperity be the journey, as the ripples in my wake continue to radiate.