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Internalised beliefs holding you back

May 12, 2015

“Hey Joe, what’s with the salad mate? Going on a health kick? Yeah good luck mate” *knowing that he’ll never stick to it*

 

Have you been here? Maybe it was a first time parent telling you about their plans to not let their toddlers use their mobile, or maybe it was a teenager telling you how they’re going to change the world

 

We’ve all been there, outwardly supportive, but inwardly telling ourselves they’ll never stick to it

 

Plot twist: You aren’t talking about them when you have those thoughts, you’re actually talking about yourself

 

Congratulations, you’ve just discovered an internalised belief about why you couldn’t do such and such

 

I actually mean congratulations, there is nothing better than discovering an internalised belief that is holding you back, and make no mistake, it IS holding you back. If you’re saying that about someone else, even internally, you are DEFINITELY saying that to yourself at some stage

 

It’s likely stopping you from even trying something challenging, or could be the reason why you start but never follow through after you encounter the first hurdle

 

There is a reason why you have that belief, someone passed it on to you, a parent, sibling, friend, colleague, Instagram, and the good news is that you can change it, you don’t have to hold onto it. Even if you’ve been holding onto it from childhood

 

It’s weird, you change your phone every year or so, but there’s beliefs you have about the world and yourself that haven’t served you and yet you’ve held onto them for years, or decades and never questioned them

 

This is your wake up call, it’s time to question them and decide whether you actually need them or not

 

Do you believe that you can’t be fit and healthy? That it’s not possible for you? That’s a belief, not a fact, it can be explored, challenged and ultimately changed, it won’t be easy, but it can be done

 

Try to be aware the next time you think to yourself, “they/I won’t stick to that” and try to think about the first time you had that said to you, or thought that about yourself, sit with it and decide whether you still need that belief or not, it might be time for an upgrade

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