Many clients tell me they wish they could weigh ‘x’ amount, but don’t believe it’s possible. They have a list of reasons why it’s impossible for them to achieve their desired body. For example, “my metabolism has slowed”, “there’s no time for exercise”, “I have kids now”, “it’s just the way my body is built.” I say NO these are limiting beliefs!
A limiting belief is a false idea that one acquires from making a conclusion about something in life. It can be taught by parents, learned through life experiences, or imprinted through media and societal influences. The stronger the belief, the more it feels unshakeable and the more evidence your will find to support it’s truth. This limited thinking is what stops you from achieving things that ARE within your reach.
When it comes to your body, limiting beliefs come into play big time! It becomes easy to just accept that you will never achieve the body and health of your dreams.
Examples of Limiting Beliefs That Are Holding You Back:
- Exercise is hard and a chore.
- Depriving myself of food is the only way to lose weight.
- My entire family is overweight so it’s in my genes and I can’t do anything about it.
If you are relating to some of the statements above, don’t feel bad. The first step in change is awareness. Now that you are aware of these limiting thoughts, it’s time to take action!
Detoxing your mind and beliefs is the key to successfully creating a get-up-and-go attitude and achieving the health of your dreams.
Detoxing Limiting Beliefs
- Identify your limiting belief: Write it down in words so you can stop the words from swirling around in your head. Make a list of the items that you complain about regarding your health. What makes you frustrated daily? What topics do you negatively speak about? I’d recommend asking your family and friends because they can probably clue you in on your words and actions even better than yourself.
- Ask yourself, Why do I believe this: Think about what this belief means to you and how you could’ve acquired it in the first place. Maybe you feel you will always be overweight because it was something your mother talked about.
- Describe how it makes you feel: Is the frustration, self-hate, and sadness benefiting you in any way? Most likely not! So take a stand to not feel that way.
- Ask if it is absolutely true: Do you have scientific 100% evidence that your belief is true or could it be something you’ve just accepted as the truth. If you previously believed all workouts are difficult and not fun, think about if that is actually true. You see other people having fun and working out, so maybe this belief you had is not truth. Maybe you’ve just yet to find a workout that excites you.
- Create a new ’empowering belief’. Now adopt and cultivate the new belief that you have just arrived at. State it. Declare it as your new belief. Instead of “I have a low metabolism and struggle to lose weight” state, ‘I have the dedication to fuel my body with healthy foods which will lead to easy and effortless weight loss.”
Once you have an empowering belief, repeat it daily. Write it on notecards and tape it around your house and work area. Smile when you read it. Feel good as you speak it outloud. And know you are working to repair the negative and incorrect beliefs that were previously holding you back.