I let go of any beliefs that limit me!
I remember years ago, when I first starting having trouble with my back, I lamented to my chiropractor, “My body is falling apart!” He said, “Shhh, your body is listening.” At first, I just laughed at his “new-agey” sweetness. But, over the years, I have come to realize that the things we say to ourselves over and over again, can have an enormous impact on our lives.
In Don Miguel Ruiz’s book, The Four Agreements, his first agreement is, “Be impeccable with your word.” He describes our words as powerful enough to cast “magic spells.” I like to think of it as akin to the power of suggestion. He says, “Whenever we hear an opinion and believe it … it becomes part of our belief system.”
Do you have any beliefs that have been holding you back? Look for statements you say that start with “I never…” or “I can’t...”, or “I’m always…” The next time you notice one pop up, try adding “Up until now” or “yet” to transform them. Here are some examples:
Change: I always have money problems.
To: Up until now, I had some difficulty managing my money.
Change: I’ve never been good at sales.
To: I haven’t mastered the art of sales yet.
Aren’t those so much more empowering? They still acknowledge your difficulties, but leave the door wide open for possibility and expectant of growth!
Just remember that you are telling yourself who you believe you are when you say these things, so be mindful … you are listening.
Spiral level: General Malaise and up
Use when feeling: frustrated, sad, down on self, encouraged, inspired