Are you familiar with the term “limiting beliefs”? 

 

Limiting beliefs are beliefs we hold on to that limit what we can achieve in life. They are stories we tell ourselves over and over again that keep us in our so-called “comfort zone”—even if it’s not exactly “comfortable”.

 

For example, have you ever made statements like “I’m just an unlucky person” or “I’m not good at public speaking”, “I’m too old, or too young, to (_____), or “I’m not smart enough to (fill in the blank).”

 

When you really stop to think about it, are these beliefs really facts? Or do we just believe them to be true, and then act on these beliefs as if they are actual facts?

 

Part of loving ourselves more includes becoming more self-aware so we achieve our full potential.

 

Many times our limiting beliefs were formed due to a single event that happened long ago, which caused us to draw a negative conclusion about ourselves and our potential.

 
The way our brains work, once we develop a limiting belief about ourselves, we then look for evidence to support that belief, which then further reinforces our belief.

 
For example, as long as I can remember (probably since grade school) I’d held onto the belief that “I’m not a writer”. It was like part of my identity…part of who I thought I was (or wasn’t). I thought for sure I just wasn’t good at writing. Nope! Not my strong suit.

 
Had I not discovered what limiting beliefs were, and really challenged this belief, I would have let this long-held perception of myself, and my abilities, hold me back from writing my first book, or from writing public posts on LinkedIn and other social media platforms…or from writing this note to you!

 
But I also had a message that I really wanted to share with others.

 

So I decided to look at this belief…to really examine it, and to ask myself, is this really true? Am I really not a writer? What evidence did I have to back up this belief?

 
The truth is, I’d only ever had success with my writing over my professional career. While I wasn’t a Pulitzer prize winner or anything like that, I had written countless email communications, and website copy that brought in plenty of business. Heck, I’d even written rules to a game that was placed into millions of Arby’s kids meals.

 
Once I looked at the truth of the matter, it was hard to continue believing that “I’m not a writer”, especially once I became aware of what limiting beliefs were. And no doubt, THIS was a limiting belief.

What we believe to be true for our lives can either limit us, OR can open us up to all the beautiful possibilities that life has to offer.

 

And I want you to live your very best life!!

 

Here’s the deal—I believe you CAN do anything you set your mind to. And deep down inside I have a feeling you believe that to be true too.

So can we just go with THAT belief from here forward?

 

In the meantime, I’ll be here routing for you.

 

XOXO

Jenna

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About Jenna

About Jenna

Jenna Banks is a best-selling author of “I Love Me More: How To Find Happiness & Success Through Self-Love”. She’s also a public speaker and host of The Jenna Banks Show whose work has been featured in media outlets that include Forbes, ABC, NBC and Authority Magazine.

Against all odds, she was able to pivot from the self-loathing survivor of a traumatic childhood and a nearly fatal suicide attempt, to someone who knows her worth and refuses to settle for less than she deserves. She now helps others discover the self-love they are worthy of.

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