The only thing holding any of us back is how we think, what we say, and what we do or don’t do! This is certainly true about me in my life.
As I look back, I see that it has been my thinking and limited ideas that has most been in the way of me achieving higher levels of success. The true game changer is when you learn how not to pay attention to these limiting thoughts and choose to think differently.
The old adage, “as a man thinketh – he doeth” is true. What you think is very powerful, revealing and ultimately what you will or will not do in your life. If you pay attention, you will hear people say some of the dumbest things and most are not even aware of what they are saying.
People seem to blindly adopt concepts from parents, teachers, friends, the media, politicians, co-workers and then reinforce them by sharing them.
Here is a list of commonly held social beliefs that can result in bad attitudes, confusion, laziness, irresponsibility and production levels beneath your true potential:
- Patience is a virtue.
- I just want to be comfortable.
- Money won’t make you happy.
- It’s the journey not the destination that matters.
- I don’t have time.
- I’m living the dream.
- I will do it when I get to it.
- That’s impossible.
- Time heals.
- We can’t do that.
- It takes money to make money.
- I hate paying taxes.
- Thank God it’s Friday.
- Can’t wait for the weekend to get here.
- I hate Monday’s.
- We can’t find good people.
- Debt is bad.
- I need to save more money.
- It’s not my fault.
- I will be happy when…
- I am too old (or too young)
- It is what it is.
- I don’t like to read.
- That’s not my job.
- I’m not a sales person.
People who think and say dumb things will do dumb things. And these people should not be labeled dumb, they should be marked dangerous!
They are dangerous because they infect those around them with their thinking and can limit what an entire group can do.
When I realize I am operating with some dumb, outdated idea I do the following:
- Write it down.
- Label it as dumb.
- Replace with a new idea.
The more we recognize our own limiting beliefs and switch our thinking, the more success we will achieve.
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