It’s a sad fact I know, but we can often be our own worst enemy. Often, we take what others say with a pinch of salt – but what we say to ourselves, leaves us feeling totally stuck and demotivated.

The mind is a funny thing. Much of what it does, it does on autopilot, leaving us free to focus on what’s requiring our attention, at that moment in time. The problem is, we don’t know what is running on autopilot! We let negative thoughts and limiting mindsets take root in the subconscious, where they’re then free to run on autopilot, over and over in our mind.

Henry Ford is quoted as saying ‘Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.’ Your mindset is the only thing that holds you back from what you want. You are the master of your own destiny – if you just started to believe it.

So, how do you overcome that negative thinking and those limiting mindsets?

Take action

You start by taking action. In this case, the action you need to take, is to become aware of what you are saying to yourself. Just for a day, set a timer for each hour and, when the timer goes off, stop what you’re doing and write down what you’re thinking. Do this when you first get up, then every hour until you go to bed – you’ll be surprised at the results!

Stop repeating the same patterns

Albert Einstein is quoted as saying: ‘The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.’  If you want to change a limiting mindset you need to change the patterns you’re currently repeating. Once you’ve become aware of the negative thoughts, you need to change the actions that you’re carrying out, as a result of those thoughts.  This means consciously doing something different – whether that’s purposely thinking an opposing thought or purposely doing something that feels like it’s stretching you out of your comfort zone.

Reprogram your beliefs

As you consciously change your actions and thoughts, it will feel uncomfortable, as it’s going against your current beliefs and stretching your comfort zone. However, once you’ve committed to repeating that action over and over, it will become second nature – and you’ll have replaced that negative thought with a more positive thought and action. You can help speed this process up even more, by looking for evidence to back up the new belief or thought you want to have.

Finally, a fundamental belief you need to change is the one around feeling uncomfortable. Rather than seeing it as something to be fearful of, take it as a sign of growth and expansion. See it as something to get excited about, as you’re giving yourself the room and space to expand and grow – do this and you’ll finally be able to get out of your own way and ramp up your levels of success.

If you’re currently holding yourself back in some way, I hope this post has helped move you forward. What limiting thought or belief are you going to consciously work on? Why not ramp up your intention to change this, by posting your intent in the comments box below!

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