Have you had a goal for some time but don’t seem to be making any progress towards achieving it? Maybe you feel like you are lacking motivation? The reason for the lack of movement may be a belief issue – in particular, a limiting belief.
A belief is not merely an idea the mind possesses. It is an idea that possesses the mind.” ~ Robert Oxton Bolt
Beliefs can be so strong that they impact upon our behaviour over and over again, and yet so subtle that we don’t even realise that they are there – they literally “possess” us. We don’t see our beliefs as something to be questioned, to us they are “facts” and “the way it is” and yet sometimes it is a limiting belief that is keeping us from moving forward.
Check out the list of common belief issues relating to change below and see if any of them apply to you.
- Do you believe that the outcome is DESIRABLE, maybe there are possible negative consequences of achieving the goal that make you reluctant to embark upon the change? Maybe it isn’t your goal, but one that has been given to you by someone else.
- Do you have CONFIDENCE that the actions you are taking (or planning to take) will produce the outcome? Fearing that you will be unsuccessful may be sufficient reason not to start.
- Are the actions that are required APPROPRIATE, does taking the action involve going against your values?
- Do you believe that you are CAPABLE of doing the actions/behaviours that are necessary to bring about the results?
- Are you DESERVING of achieving the goal, do you have a sense of personal ownership or RESPONSIBILITY?
When you have identified the belief issue, this may lead you to re-examine the goal – is it in fact desirable or appropriate? maybe you need to set a fresh goal.
If the goal is still appropriate, then you will need to examine the limiting belief – I wrote about belief change in this earlier post click here
The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it – J.M. Barrie – Peter Pan