Walking holidays are one of my passions. I have had my old walking boots for over 15 years – they’ve been with me to the Alps, the Dolomites, the Pyrenees, Snowdonia, Lake District, the South Downs, Norfolk, Picos de Europa, and Southern Spain.
They are looking good for their age. I have looked after them well. They have no holes, and the soles still have their grip. But, in the last three years, every time I’ve been for a longer walk I’ve noticed my foot is really sore for days after.
Why Am I Telling You This?
It has taken me three years to change my walking boots. Three years of refusing to throw them away, despite the pain they were causing. Why? Because I was holding on to a limiting belief that you don’t replace things until they’ve fallen apart. I can even hear my mum’s voice saying it as I write this.
How Many Limiting Beliefs Do You Have?
How many times do we hold on to old habits or beliefs that stop us making decisions that will serve us better? These are called limiting beliefs. Beliefs that sound like ‘I can never lose weight’, ‘I can’t do squats’, ‘I hate salads’, or ‘I’m useless with technology’.
That last one is another of mine!
If we can believe the negative so easily, surely we can believe the positive just as readily.
Try These 5 Steps To Break Your Limiting Beliefs And Reframe Them
- Next time when you find yourself repeating old habits, find out what belief is feeding the habit. For example, I have a habit of avoiding technology where possible because of my belief that I am useless with it. Ask yourself: ‘Is this belief helping me move towards what I want in life?’
- If the answer is no, change the belief to one that does serve you. I changed my belief about technology to “I’m a quick learner and I manage technology easily.”
- Keep repeating it several times a day, in the shower, out for a walk, you can even go to sleep repeating it.
- Imagine what your life would be like now with this new belief. Give yourself time to think about this deeply: How does it feel, what does it look like?
- Reinforce it by becoming your new belief – When you act, feel and think, do so with this new belief in mind. Be consistent to avoid falling back into your old beliefs and habits.
I’m nearly there with the technology belief. What beliefs are you holding onto that are no longer serving you?
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