The Enemy: Limiting Beliefs

I’ll be adding stories about countless cases of people who achieved their goals, in some cases despite amazing hardship, not because it was easy but because they:

  1. Were pursing something that was meaningful, genuinely important to them
  2. Believed in themselves and believed the goal was possible
  3. Set a goal and had a plan to reach it
  4. Dealt with challenges rather than quitting
    A man can be as great as he wants to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthy. – Vince Lombardi
    Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish. – Sam Walton

So if you recognize any of your own attitudes on this page, set things aside until you’ve spend some time coming to the understanding that (1) your goal is clearly reachable, and (2) you are capable of achieving it. On the path to achievement, not believing (or even doubting) whether something is possible is like a canyon in our path. Until we figure how to get across it, our efforts are likely to be futile.

Summary of key points:

  1. Our beliefs affect our motivation and the energy we will invest in pursuing a goal
  2. Flawed or erroneous beliefs can be changed
  3. Remembering past successes can help start to correct limiting beliefs
  4. Reading or hearing about the successes of others can help us imagine that we can achieve a goal, too

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