Consequences of Limiting Beliefs
Everyone has limiting beliefs. That much you’ve probably heard before. You’ve probably also heard about the importance of overcoming those beliefs, and that the consequences of not doing so can be dire. Do you know what those consequences are?
Limiting beliefs can keep you from reaching or even setting goals. They can keep you mired in a cycle of “try and fail again” with seemingly no end or explanation. They can keep you from even trying to make your dreams come true.
Limiting beliefs around work can cause your career to bottom out. They can keep you from reaching your potential, from getting the job you want, and can even cause you to perform so poorly you get fired.
That’s only the start of what they can do to you. Many people, perhaps most in Western society, have limiting beliefs around money. This can lead to you being chronically broke and financially insecure no matter how much money you make. It can even cause you to not make enough money to support yourself and your family at all. One of the most common limiting beliefs about money is that money is bad and/or evil. If you hold that belief, why would you want anything to do with it?
Your personal relationships can suffer from your limiting beliefs. These beliefs can lead to strained relationships with family members. They can cause you to have trouble with finding and maintaining both friends and romantic partners. Limiting beliefs around relationships can literally make you lonely and isolated. They can keep you from having the type of fulfilling interpersonal relationships all humans require to be happy and mentally sound.
The consequences don’t stop there. Limiting beliefs can cause low self-esteem, lack of self-confidence, loneliness, sadness, anxiety, and even lead to bouts of major depression and other mental illnesses.
As you can tell, the consequences of limiting beliefs are anything but benign. Even if they cause no other problems, they will keep you from living your best life and reaching your dreams. This is why it’s so important to work to overcome your limiting beliefs. They are just beliefs, after all, and not immutable laws of the universe. They’re not objectively true.
You can change your limiting beliefs, seize control of your life, and reach your goals. You just have to put in the work to make it happen. The only thing holding you back is you!