Living mostly in our minds we notice that it travels constantly between the past and the future. It rarely ever stops for a visit in the present moment.
Questioning Your Limiting Beliefs
Training oneself to awaken to the moment right now, to just stop the senseless, ruminating thoughts and mindless chatter in the brain for just a second can help us break through false limits we have created for ourselves.
How it Works
Here were some of my limiting beliefs this morning.
I can’t run. I’m just not a runner. (I have seriously told myself this my whole life).
During my workout on the beach I challenged myself to run 50 seconds at a time. Interval running. I did it.
By questioning my false limitations, I re-frame the story I am telling myself. Now I know, I can run.
Second false belief, I’m not creative. I don’t have the talent. I can’t draw, paint or photograph to save my life.
I challenged myself again. I took out my phone and recorded some video and photographs and used a VSCO filter.
Look at that, I can take a photograph.
Third False Belief
I don’t have the time to do what I want to do today. I’m so damn busy.
And now, I challenge that belief. My plan today is to challenge the way I waste time. I am committing myself to asking the question about everything I have on my list today –
Will this activity bring me closer to my intention? One step nearer to my goal? If not, I will replace that activity with something that will. As I become more mindful of what I am doing all day, I will find the time for what is most important to me.
Think about it. What limiting belief is holding you back from breaking through and becoming a better version of you today? I’d love to hear how you are challenging your false beliefs today.
Pro tip – As you challenge yourself, re-frame your questions –
Don’t ask Can I? ask How will I?
How will I find the time? How will I learn something new today? How will I honor myself?
Inspired by the book Mindfulness by Ellen J. Langer
Read more here – Mindfulness, 25th anniversary edition (A Merloyd Lawrence Book)