You can't escape from a prison until you recognize you are in one. People who have chosen to live within the limits of their old beliefs continue to have the same experiences. It takes effort and commitment to break old patterns. Bob Proctor
Welcome back my friends for the 1st episode of Season 11 and a lot has been happening with me and I’ve barely had time for my feet to touch the floor since the last episode aired. I’ve just finished a contract with the BBC where I was engaged as fight director on the latest season of Mrs Brown’s Boys and all I can say about that one is that the people that make it are overflowing with talent and run such a pleasant working environment that it was a genuine pleasure to be involved. Prior to this I directed fights on a feature film starring Gianni Capaldi, and wait for it Samuel L Jackson. Yes, you heard me right. Unfortunately, I can’t say much more about it until it’s released but working with Sam was pretty darn fantastic.
Now, the next 6 shows are not the ones I’d intended on releasing but are instead simple little mini-sodes where I’ll cover a short but important topic. This will help gain me a bit of sea room while I complete on a couple of projects which have become incredibly time-consuming. Without further ado then, lets get on with it.
There is one grand lie - that we are limited. The only limits we have are the limits we believe. Wayne Dyer
A limiting mind virus, is simply a limiting belief is a state of mind or belief about yourself that restricts you in some way. These beliefs are often false accusations you make about yourself that can cause a number of negative results.
Here are a few examples of limiting belief in yourself.
I’m not good enough:
“I’m not good enough to manage this project, make this film or submit my work.”
I’m too old or too young:
“I’m too young to be a manager. I’m too young to create something unique.”
I don’t have enough time:
“I don’t have enough time to be creative, or earn an additional income through my creative work.”
I’m not smart enough:
“I’m not smart enough to lead this meeting. I’ll look foolish if I speak up as I am always wrong”
I don’t have enough experience:
“I don’t have enough experience for this big career move. If I try this I’ll look foolish to those that, do it often.”
I’ll never be successful:
“I’ll never be successful in my industry. I’ll never be successful because life is unfair.”
I don’t have enough money:
“I don’t have enough money to enjoy my life. I don’t have enough money to do things well.”
I’ll never be one of the best:
“I’ll never be one of the best on the team.”
I’m not talented enough:
“I’m not talented enough to get the job.”
I’ll never be a great leader:
“I’ll never be a great leader with my lack of confidence.”
Other limiting beliefs might be:
· I can’t t be successful because the world is against me.
· I can’t be successful because no one likes me.
· I can’t be successful because the odds are stacked against me.
· I can’t be successful because of the colour of my skin.
· I can’t be successful because I’m ugly.
· I cant be successful because I’m too tall - was one I heard…
· I can’t be successful because I can’t learn new skills.
· I can’t be successful because of the patriarchy.
· Money is bad
· True love doesn’t exist
· Fulfilling careers don’t exist
· Other people will think I’m difficult, awkward, stupid, annoying…
I’ll add to that limiting beliefs can sometimes feel empowering. This is the massive and all-encompassing power with Victim Mentality which I’ve already done a show on. Believing that the world owes you something, that you’re better than others or that others just don’t “get” you are often excuses to avoid growth and stay in your comfort zone.
Tony Robbins talks about limiting beliefs. He says “If you raise your standards but don't really believe you can meet them, you've already sabotaged yourself. You won't even try; you'll be lacking the sense of certainty that allows you to tap the deepest capacity that's within you... Our beliefs are like unquestioned commands, telling us how things are, what's possible and impossible and what we can and cannot do. They shape every action, every thought and every feeling that we experience. As a result, changing our belief systems is central to making any real and lasting change in our lives.”
And by the way Tony has a page dedicated to this on his website – I found it during research - https://www.tonyrobbins.com/limiting-beliefs-guide/
But here’s the thing –mind viruses are a form of self-sabotage that, when you recognise them, you can counter. You don’t need to bne a slave to them.
Do you have a limiting belief or more than one? Not sure? Then ask yourself this question:
WHAT IS THE DISCONNECT BETWEEN WHAT I DESERVE AND WHAT I BELIEVE I DESERVE?
Let me repeat:
WHAT IS THE DISCONNECT BETWEEN WHAT I DESERVE AND WHAT I BELIEVE I DESERVE?
If you can identify what is holding you back within yourself, then you can go about exchanging it for a more empowering self-belief. Changing limiting beliefs like these is one of the hardest things we can do in life – but when you do, you will be rewarded with unimaginable possibilities.
My advice firstly is to write this stuff down. Don’t just listen to this show and half think about it. Remember if you write stuff down you are 42% more likely to get it done. A little side benefit of this is that if you write your thoughts down it can help alleviate any stress associated with the belief. Once you’ve written it down then it’s much easier to assess its accuracy – This is all part of critical thinking so analyse whether your beliefs are coming from a place of accuracy or falsehood. Getting to the bottom of your limiting beliefs can help you see them for what they really are. Next time a negative belief presents itself, take a moment to pause and analyse the thought. Evaluate whether its self-limiting and if there is any concrete evidence to back up your belief. Ask yourself if the thought is coming from fear of the unknown or from a past experience. Once you’ve confirmed that you have found a self-limiting mind virus then I want you to exchange that belief for a new paradigm. This is called reframing.
Let us break free from the shackles of our own limiting beliefs, for within each of us lies an extraordinary capacity to achieve greatness. Embrace your true potential and unleash the power that resides within you, for the only limitations that exist are the ones we impose upon ourselves.
The latest research suggests we have about 6,200 thoughts per day — if even one-quarter of those are negative, we are feeding our minds a lot of pessimism. But we can learn how to stop negative self-talk and feed our minds with empowering thoughts instead. Negative self-talk is a habit — and everyone can learn how to build better habits.
Next weeks show will be a true minisode on an important productivity topic. Tune in then to find out more!
I’ll end today though with some words from Louise Hay who said
If you accept a limiting belief, then it will become a truth for you.
Now take control of your own destiny, keep on shootin’ and join me next season on FILM PRO PRODUCTIVITY AND SUCCESS!
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