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Bust Through Your Limiting Self-Beliefs & Expand Your Possibilities

Hayley Weatherburn, Contributor

“Perhaps the only limits to the human mind are those we believe in.” – Willis Harman, President of the Institute of Noetic Sciences

This makes me realise how much potential I have, but more importantly how much I know I hold myself back. I know for me, that little voice in my head can be my best friend or worst enemy. Some of these rules that I decide are true and believe in them are absolutely absurd. I know I used to believe that I wasn't a morning person. It was engrained into my head to the point that I was almost giving myself permission to be grumpy in the morning regardless. However after years of getting up around 6am for my travelling job overseas, I realised that I could actually be a morning person. The limitation was broken.

Another one happened after I fell off a treadmill – amusing for onlookers if there were any, otherwise it was a bit terrifying for me. For months after that I couldn't get past 9km/hr on the speed. I believed that I couldn't do it, that I was just not able. Again after perserverance, and more to the point, forgetting that I had given myself the limitation, I realised again that it was just me that had the limitation. It was my limiting thoughts creating my limiting reality. Where have you come to the realisation in your life that you had created unrealistic limitations?

So what should I do about it? That's a great question. Well I find that you need to become aware of your thoughts. Make a concerted effort to listen to the language you use both externally and internally. Start writing down some of the most popular negative limitations you may be saying to yourself. Some of these might start with “I can't do that because…”, “I'm not a …. person”, “It's not in my DNA to be able to do that”, “I just don't function if…”. And then finally replace it with another more constructive belief.

One limitation that I realised only recently was that I believed that I was a person that had to eat enormous amounts of food just to function, more than the average person. What I soon recognised was I had an emotional attachment to food, and I was using food to avoid doing the things I needed to get done. I even had my stomach convinced to feel like it was starving. Once I called it's bluff, it complained a bit but then shut up. I now feel quite a bit of freedom knowing that I am shrinking to the size I am meant to be!

Other limitations that some people believe are those that actually prevent them to achieve what they want to do. A metaphor for this is when someone's goal is to cross a river in a boat, but they believe that it would be cheating to use an oar or a motor. So to get to their goal, they have to work ridiculously hard, when all they need to do is have the realisation that their limitation is holding them back from their goal, rather than towards it. It was like my belief above and I was trying to lose weight, by eating far too much – that was never going to work! I have even seen it when someone believes they need to achieve their goal on their own, otherwise it isn't worthy to achieve it. But again, by creaitng this limitation they never get to their final destination. Ludicrous isn't it!

So where can you eliminate some limitations that are holding you back? For me, I will be totally honest! I had this belief that I needed to sit and watch tv when I got home so I could ‘relax' and have a break inbetween my job and my writing. Well that small break would turn into a few hours and then the “I'll just do it tomorrow” thoughts. I then would go to bed feeling bad because there wasn't anything worth while on TV and my work still wasn't done, so therefore I never achieved that feeling of relaxation anyway- it was a viscious circle! SO, I am now swapping that belief with – “I feel relaxed and refreshed doing my writing”. Much more constructive, than destructive!

What limitations do you want to change? Even if you aren't sure yet, the first step is to become aware – so keep an ear out to the voices in your head, and realise where you might be holding yourself back! Good Luck 🙂

About the Author


Hayley Weatherburn is an author, speaker and “Let, Go and Be” Catalyst. She helps guide people to let go of the external world pressures, look within and live their passion. In her curiously intriguing book “Is Your Fork in Tune? “ she reveals the science behind our beliefs and the power of reality and responsibility. It’s a must for anyone searching for answers about life and what they can action immediately to get back on their path.

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  1.' Chas says:

    “We are wide-eyed in contemplating the possibility that life may exist elsewhere in the universe, but we wear blinders when contemplating the possibilities of life on earth.” ~Norman Cousins

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