I want to start this post with a question for you. Are you a glass half full or a glass half empty person? Be really honest with yourself here. Maybe you are quite positive most of the time however when faced with tress and overwhelm your mindset can quickly shift to being quite negative. That is completely normal and that was 100% me just a few years ago.
Today I wanted to briefly explain to you what limiting beliefs are as well as what a fixed mindset is and how it could be holding you back from seeing the change you need in your life to let go of stress and overwhelm for good.
Limiting beliefs are largely driven by fear. Perhaps is fear of not being good enough, fear of being judged by others, fear of not being loved or respected, fear of rejection or even fear of success or failure. These are all natural thoughts or beliefs to have when we are stressed or overwhelmed. This is our egos protecting us, keeping us safe as after all that is what we all crave on a very deep human level to be safe and to be accepted, loved and respected by the rest of the pack so to speak. On the flip side these limiting beliefs can be negative as they hold us back from living our truth and really stepping into our potential.
A fixed mindset is where you believe that things just are the way they are. That could be if you are currently living in a state of constant stress and overwhelm that there is no way out that this is just your life and your are destined to live this way forever. You may feel too overwhelmed by the thought of change or challenges so you avoid it, you avoid feedback or guidance from others and give up easily if you don't see results right away. The good news is if you are here reading my blog if have taken the first step to moving away from a fixed mindset and into a growth mindset.
A growth mindset is where you believe that anyone is capable of anything and that you are worthy and will live a life where you are not constantly stressed and overwhelmed. You welcome challenges as an opportunity to learn, develop and grow and persevere during difficult times because you know what is waiting for you on the other side is worth it. You accept and welcome guidance and feedback from others because you know this is part of your learning and development journey. Again the good news here is that if you are reading this blog then deep down you know that you capable of reducing your stress and overwhelm so that you can be truly empowered and happy.
Reframing Limiting beliefs & ditching a fixed mindset for a growth mindset
1) First start by identifying your limiting beliefs/fixed mindset how does this show up in your behaviours, thoughts and even self talk?
2) Identify what has triggered these beliefs- is it trauma, something someone has said or done or perhaps it is linked to your self worth? I have blog posts on both of these topics that can assist with this
3) Question whether these beliefs are realistic? are they really true? what is the worst that could happen if you try? could it be an opportunity to learn, develop and grow?
4) Each time these beliefs surface try reframing them, swapping them for something positive.
5) Use affirmations to reframe your beliefs/fixed mindset to a growth mindset
I hope you found this post helpful.
As always, until next time.
Love and light,