Imagine for a moment what your life would be like if you could overcome your self-limiting beliefs. You would be able to free yourself from everything that keeps you stuck and prevents you from doing what you’ve always wanted to do. You could:
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As I’ve shared before, I have a natural bent towards anxiety and fear. Lately, I’ve realized that the biggest thing holding me back is me. It’s the lies I’ve believed about myself that keep me from pursuing what God has put on my heart.
Nothing is impossible with God. He’s not the one holding us back. The fears we allow to rule our thinking keep us from moving forward towards our goals, dreams, and desires.
Part of my summer reading by the pool and at the beach was Ruth Soukup’s new book, Do It Scared. In it, she describes seven fear archetypes and how to overcome them. It’s easy to pick out which ones describe me!
I learned so much about myself and what keeps me stuck while reading this book. It’s so freeing to realize I don’t need to be stopped by my:
I have a renewed confidence and desire to get out there and try even if it doesn’t go so well. Attempting something big I feel God has called me to do and learning from my mistakes creates a better life than sitting on the sidelines too timid to join the game.Attempting something big and learning from my mistakes creates a better life than sitting on the sidelines to timid to join the game. #doitscared #undefeatedbook #livevictoriously @ruthsoukup Click To Tweet
I’m working on overcoming my self-limiting beliefs so I can be and do all that God has planned for me. Starting to blog again after a long break is a great first step in the right direction! What’s your next best step?
As Ruth is fond of saying, “Action is the antidote to fear.”
That’s why I got up early this morning to write. I pushed aside the fear of not having anything worth saying . . . the fear about what you’d think as you read this . . . the fear of doing it “wrong” . . . or not being “good enough”.
I’m finally unstuck and starting to move forward with the message God has given me to share, even though I will do it imperfectly and make plenty of mistakes along the way.
What God-sized dream has He put on your heart? What’s keeping you from doing it?
If you want to finally overcome the self-limiting beliefs that are holding you back, keep reading!
First of all, let’s define “self-limiting belief”. A self-limiting belief is anything you believe that:
Pursing the negative “if only” keeps you from experiences the powerful “what if”. If any of these statements resonate with you, then you have some self-limiting beliefs you need to shed. Rejecting and replacing those lies with the truth is imperative to overcoming adversity and living victoriously.
How do we get weighed down by these self-limiting beliefs in the first place? Here are five possible sources for you to consider.
It’s all too easy to get past comments stuck on repeat in your head. It could have been an off-handed rude remark or something that you heard repeatedly over the years. You’ve got to turn those off. Erase those tapes and don’t let someone else’s poorly thought-out criticism in the past define who you are now and who you can become in the future.
Not all the negative messages that run in our heads came from someone else. Often, we make them up ourselves by endlessly comparing what we don’t have (or think we don’t have to what we perceive others to have.) Comparison kills contentment and crushes creativity. God didn’t make you to be just like someone else. He made you to be uniquely you. As long as you’re busy trying to imitate another person, you’re missing out on the beauty and power of just being yourself. The world needs you to be you.Comparison kills contentment and crushes creativity. The world needs you to be you. #bebrave #beyou #doitscared Click To Tweet
Fish don’t know they’re wet because they’ve never been anything else. The influence our culture has on our values, desires, and assumptions is often invisible until we experience a different culture. Our culture tries to define strength, success, beauty, worthiness but God defines all those things differently. Pay attention to His Word over the world’s opinion.
Who tells you that you stink? The people trying to sell you soap, deodorant, and perfume. They point out what we lack so they can sell us what they have. You don’t need the latest whatever as much as they try to convince you you do. God has equipped you sufficiently for every awesome thing He calls you to do. (Although, I still think it’s good to shower and brush your teeth. Analogies can only go so far.)
The enemy of our souls sows weeds among the good seed (Mt 13:25) by lying to us in ways we are tempted to embrace (Jn 8:44). He often uses comments, comparison, culture and commercialism to feed us his messages of defeat. All we have to do is to resist him (James 4:7). . . reject his lies, and he leaves, impotent to overcome the power that lives in us (1 Jn 4:4).
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God is infinitely creative, but our enemy is not. In fact, he keeps feeding us the same lies over and over. Any of these sound familiar?
Anybody else say, “Ouch!”? Those all hit close to home for me. In fact, I made most of the list by simply writing down lies I have told myself at one time or another.
The cost of believing these lies is high. Pick one of these lies you are prone to believe and then think about all the ways it keeps you from doing what you know deep inside you were created to do. How is it keeping you stuck?Find out which lies you believe about yourself that keep you stuck. #nomorelies #doitscared Click To Tweet
Will you pray this prayer with me?
After you identify your own self-limiting beliefs, read 3 Simple Steps to Overcome Self-Limiting Beliefs to find out how to fix it!