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Overcoming the Stories We Tell Ourselves & Moving past Self-Limiting Belief Systems, By: Zoë Mills

Sep 22, 2023 06:15 PM
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In the pursuit of a successful and fulfilling career, it's often not external obstacles that hold us back, but the limitations we place on ourselves. These self-set limitations can manifest as self-doubt, fear of failure, or even a lack of belief in our own abilities. However, overcoming these barriers is essential to getting on the right track in your career and achieving your goals. As author Gabby Bernstein once said, "The only thing that's keeping you from getting what you want is the story you keep telling yourself."

In this blog post, we explore the concept of self-set limitations, their impact on our careers, and practical strategies to break free from limiting belief systems - drawing inspiration from Gabby Bernstein's wisdom.

Understanding Self-Set Limitations

Self-set limitations are the mental barriers we create that hinder our progress and potential. They can take many forms, such as:

Negative Self-Talk: Constantly criticizing ourselves and doubting our abilities can erode our self-confidence and hinder our progress.

Fear of Failure: The fear of making mistakes or failing can paralyze us and prevent us from taking risks that could lead to career advancement.

Comparison: Constantly comparing ourselves to others can lead to feelings of inadequacy and prevent us from recognizing our unique strengths.

Imposter Syndrome: Believing that we don't deserve our achievements or that we are not as capable as others can limit our career growth.

The Impact of Self-Set Limitations on Your Career

Self-set limitations can have a profound impact on your career in several ways:

Stagnation: You may find yourself stuck in a job that doesn't fulfill you because you believe you're not qualified for something better.

Missed Opportunities: Fear and self-doubt can cause you to pass up opportunities for advancement or personal growth.

Lack of Innovation: Holding back due to fear can hinder your creativity and innovation, which are crucial for career growth.

Health Issues: The stress and anxiety caused by self-set limitations can lead to physical and mental health problems, further hindering your career.

Breaking Free from Self-Set Limitations

Now that we understand the impact of self-set limitations on our careers, let's explore strategies to overcome them:

Self-Awareness: Recognize when you're engaging in negative self-talk or limiting beliefs. Journaling and mindfulness practices can help you become more aware of your thought patterns.

Positive Affirmations: Replace negative thoughts with positive affirmations. As Gabby Bernstein suggests, "When you think you've surrendered, surrender more." Repeat affirmations that reinforce your abilities and worthiness.

Challenge Your Inner Critic: Whenever your inner critic starts doubting your abilities, challenge it with evidence of your past successes and achievements.

Set Realistic Goals: Break down your career goals into smaller, achievable steps. This can make them feel less overwhelming and boost your confidence as you make progress.

Seek Support: Talk to mentors, friends, or a therapist about your self-set limitations. They can provide guidance, encouragement, and a fresh perspective.

Embrace Failure: Understand that failure is a part of growth. As Gabby Bernstein says, "Obstacles are detours in the right direction." Learn from your failures and use them as steppingstones to success. 

In short, overcoming self-set limitations is a crucial step toward achieving success and fulfillment in your career. By recognizing our personally set or adopted mental barriers we can better challenge negative thought patterns and adopt a positive mindset that will help unlock true potential. As Gabby Bernstein reminds us, the stories we tell ourselves can either hold us back or propel us forward. Choose to rewrite your story and embark on the journey toward a more rewarding and successful career.