The Impact Of Limiting Beliefs

The impact of limiting beliefs can be huge if left unchecked. But's that's what you're here to do, right? Let's check 'em so we can wreck 'em.

Impact of limiting beliefs

Limiting beliefs can seem harmless at first, but they have great potential to ruin lives. Sure, they don't have the best rep - and for good reason - and I don't want to say they're all bad, because they're not.

However, most of the time they just get in the way. Not just just in business or relationships, but pretty much every area of our lives.

So, let’s dive into the impact of limiting beliefs and how they creep into different areas of our lives so you can move forward more aware and empowered.

What Are Limiting Beliefs?

First things first, what are limiting beliefs? Limiting beliefs are the negative thoughts and assumptions we hold about ourselves.

They often stem from past experiences, societal conditioning, or plain old self-doubt. These beliefs act as mental barriers, preventing us from reaching our full potential.

Think of them as the party poopers of your mind, always ready to rain on your parade. You can learn more about them here.

Party poopers

The Effects Of Limiting Beliefs On Life

Limiting beliefs aren’t picky. They love to meddle in all aspects of our lives. Here’s a breakdown of how they can affect different areas:


Ever thought you weren’t qualified enough for that promotion? Or maybe you believed you couldn’t start your own business because you’re not “entrepreneurial” enough?

Limiting beliefs can sabotage career aspirations and keep you stuck in a job that doesn’t fulfill you.


Relationships are fertile ground for limiting beliefs. If you think you’re not lovable or worthy, it can lead to settling for less than you deserve.

Trust issues, fear of rejection, and the belief that you’re not enough can all stem from limiting beliefs.

Health and Wellness

Beliefs like “I’ll never lose weight” or “I’m just not athletic” can derail health goals. These thoughts can keep you from adopting healthier habits, sticking to an exercise routine, or even seeking medical help when needed.

Your body has the ability to change and adapt. Treat it more like a Swiss army knife, not a spatula.

Personal Growth

Limiting beliefs can stunt personal growth. Thoughts like “I’m too old to learn” or “I’m not creative” can prevent you from picking up new skills or pursuing hobbies that bring joy.

Just like our bodies, our minds have the power to learn and grow. Limiting beliefs are the chains that prevent this.

Limiting beliefs trap our minds

Limiting Beliefs Impact on Behavior

Now that we know where limiting beliefs can sneak in, let’s explore the different ways they can impact us.

Procrastination and Inaction

Limiting beliefs can lead to a nasty case of procrastination. When you don’t believe in your abilities, you’re less likely to take action.

That dream project you’ve been putting off? It’s probably because a limiting belief is whispering in your ear.

Stress and Anxiety

Constantly battling negative thoughts can be exhausting. Limiting beliefs can lead to increased stress and anxiety, making it harder to enjoy life.

It’s like carrying a mental weight around with you everywhere you go. Let it go. Put it down. You'll feel lighter without it.

Low Self-Esteem

Believing you’re not good enough chips away at your self-esteem. Over time, this can erode your confidence and make it difficult to take on new challenges. It’s a vicious cycle that’s hard to break.

But far from impossible. Like any habit, a consistent interruption and conscious action can change it.

Missed Opportunities

When limiting beliefs run the show, you’re likely to miss out on opportunities. Whether it’s a job offer, a potential relationship, or a chance to travel, these beliefs can keep you from saying “yes” to life’s adventures.

Lack of Fulfillment

Ultimately, limiting beliefs can lead to a lack of fulfillment. When you’re not living up to your potential, it’s hard to feel truly satisfied with life.

It’s like trying to fill a bucket with a hole in it - no matter what you do, it’s never enough.

You can't fill a leaking bucket.

Limiting Belief Stories

Allow me to share some examples I've experienced when it comes to limiting beliefs.

I once had a client who believed she wasn’t smart enough to go back to school. This belief stemmed from a bad experience in high school.

With some coaching and encouragement, she eventually enrolled in college and graduated with honors. Her belief in her intelligence had been the only thing holding her back.

Another client of mine struggled with weight loss. He believed he was destined to be on the larger side because of his family’s history.

Once we tackled this limiting belief, he started making healthier choices and lost over 50 pounds. His belief that he could change made all the difference.

I'm no stranger to limiting beliefs, myself.

Most of mine were unconscious until I began studying them. That's the thing about limiting beliefs; we hear them in our our own voice, in our own head.

Therefore, it's easy to mistake them for what we actually think and believe. Wild, right!?

Yes, you can think thoughts that are not your own. It's not as unusual as it sounds. It tends to happen on a subconscious level.

You might think that you're not good enough, but you don't actually believe that. It's just a thought that someone or something gave you at some point. Your brain took it, stored it, and it was never questioned.

I thought I had to go to University, get a good job, and work till retirement. But it turns out I didn't actually believe that. It was just something I was told when I was young.

It's ok to question your thoughts - I actually highly recommend it! Because when you question thoughts in the present, you can change the past - ooo that's good, I'm going to write that down.

Give yourself permission to change your mind. Just because you wanted something 10 years ago, doesn't mean you have to want it now.

Just because you said you couldn't do something last year, doesn't mean you can't do it today. Every day - heck, every second - is a chance to turn it all around.

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Impact of Limiting Beliefs

Limiting beliefs are like weeds in the garden of your mind. They need to be identified and uprooted to allow your true potential to flourish.

By understanding how these beliefs impact different areas of life and taking steps to challenge and replace them, you can break free from their grip.

So, next time you catch yourself thinking, “I can’t,” remember that it’s just a pesky limiting belief trying to hold you back. Challenge it, replace it with a positive thought, and take a step forward.

And remember, life’s too short to be held back by your own mind. Kick those limiting beliefs to the curb and start living the life you deserve. After all, the only limit is the one you set for yourself.

I believe in you. You should too.

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