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Understanding Limiting-Beliefs | How To Stop Self-Sabotaging

Author:NeuroGym Team

Understanding Limiting-Beliefs | How To Stop Self-Sabotaging

You may have heard the term “limiting beliefs” before, but you might not know what they are or how they affect you.

What Are Limiting Beliefs?

Limiting beliefs are ideas that we have about ourselves and our abilities. They can be conscious or unconscious–meaning that sometimes we’re aware of them and sometimes we aren’t. They can also be rational or irrational: for example, if you believe that everyone is smarter than you (an irrational belief), then this will affect how much confidence you have in yourself as well as your ability to succeed at tasks related to intelligence.

Limiting beliefs are formed when we make assumptions about reality based on past experiences or information received from others without verifying whether those assumptions are true or false first hand through experimentation with no bias towards a particular outcome; which means there’s no way to know whether these perceptions will hold true until testing them out in real life situations over time without any preconceived notions beforehand!


The Neuro-Science Behind Limiting Beliefs

The brain’s addiction to negativity

It’s no secret that our brains are wired for negativity. The amygdala, the part of your brain responsible for processing emotions and reactions, has a tendency to focus on the bad things in life rather than the good ones. This is because negative experiences tend to be more memorable than positive ones–you’ll remember how it felt when you got hurt or embarrassed more easily than how great it was when you won an award at work. This phenomenon is known as “negativity bias,” and it can cause us all kinds of trouble when it comes time for us to make decisions about our own lives: if we’re always looking at what could go wrong instead of focusing on what could go right, then we’re much more likely not only fail but also sabotage ourselves along the way!

What does this mean? Well…it means that if you want your life story (and especially its ending!) written by someone other than Dr Seuss’ Grinch who hates Christmas so much he stole all its gifts away from “Whoville”…then maybe try changing some limiting beliefs about yourself! Learn how to overcome your fears, eliminate your limiting beliefs, and start taking action today by joining Winning the Game of Fear. Sign up for the virtual training now!


Examples of Negative Self-Talk

Negative self-talk can manifest in many ways. Here are some common examples:

  • “I’m not good enough.”
  • “I should be doing more.” (Or, “I shouldn’t be doing this.”)
  • “No one likes me.”
  • “I can’t do anything right.”

Reframing Negative Thoughts into Positive Ones

Reframing negative thoughts into positive ones is a great way to change your perspective. For example, if you’re feeling like you don’t have enough time or money to do something, reframe it by saying “I do have enough time and money.” This will help you feel more empowered and confident in yourself, which in turn helps you achieve your goals faster than before!

You can also use this reframing technique with other limiting beliefs such as thinking :

“I’m not good enough.” 


“I don’t deserve success.” 


The Connection Between Limiting Beliefs and Self-Sabotage

Limiting beliefs are the reason why you’re self-sabotaging on a daily basis.

It’s because of these limiting beliefs that we do things like:

Tell ourselves that we aren’t good enough, smart enough or capable enough to achieve our goals in life.

Sabotage our relationships with other people by saying things like “I’m not worthy of love” or “Nobody could ever love me.”

Make excuses for why we can’t achieve something instead of taking action towards our goals (e.g., “I don’t have time” vs., “I’ll make time”).


Becoming Aware of Self-Sabotaging Tendencies

How to become aware of self-sabotaging tendencies : 

Observe your thoughts and feelings.

Notice when you are experiencing resistance to doing something that would be beneficial for you to do, or if you are avoiding doing something that would be beneficial for someone else.

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Pay attention to how much time you spend thinking about what could go wrong instead of focusing on the positive aspects of a situation or project at hand.


Eliminating Self-Sabotaging Tendencies

How To eliminate Self-Sabotaging Tendencies : 

  • Implement New Empowering Habits
  • Replace Negative Thoughts with Positive Ones

Final Thoughts 

The biggest takeaway from this article is that you are responsible for your own success. You can’t blame anyone else, and you certainly can’t blame yourself.

If you want to achieve something in life or business, do it! Don’t wait around for someone else to give it to you. If they do give it to you, great–but don’t expect that outcome either way because it won’t happen if all of your energy goes into worrying about what other people think about what happens next.

It’s time for us all to stop playing small with our lives and start playing big!

About The Author

NeuroGym Team

NeuroGym Team: NeuroGym’s Team of experts consists of neuroscientists, researchers, and staff who are enthusiasts in their fields. The team is committed to making a difference in the lives of others by sharing the latest scientific findings to help you change your life by understanding and using the mindset, skill set and action set to change your brain.

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