Stop Limiting Beliefs Undermining Confidence


Breaking Through: How to Stop Limiting Beliefs Undermining Your Confidence and Career Success. Do you recognise the beliefs that might be hindering your progress in reaching your full potential in your career? Are you seeking a renewed sense of self-confidence to pave the way for success?

Feeling adrift or stuck in life can be not just frustrating, but overwhelming and downright exhausting. But the bright side is, you’re not destined to remain stuck in that rut forever!

Typically, there are two barriers standing between your present self and your envisioned future:

  1. Clarity about what you desire
  2. Your beliefs

I firmly believe that once you gain a clear understanding of your aspirations and identify any limiting beliefs, you can align your life or career. This belief is firmly rooted by scientific findings from neuroscience and quantum physics, but let’s save the deep dive for another time.

Getting Clarity

Achieving clarity requires some effort – through introspection, self-awareness, and a willingness to confront your desires honestly. Techniques such as journaling, visualisation exercises like envisioning your ideal day, creating vision boards, or partnering with a coach who can facilitate introspection and guide you towards discovering your true passions and aspirations can help you gain clarity in your life or career.

Understanding Your Beliefs

Once you have clarity, the next step is becoming aware of your beliefs. These beliefs can either be empowering or limiting. It’s crucial to delve into and comprehend the negative or limiting beliefs that might impede you from realising your desired outcomes in your life and career.

Beliefs are often rooted in experiences, childhood influences, societal norms, and parental teachings. Over time, these beliefs solidify, becoming behaviours and eventually shape our personality and who we are. While some beliefs can be constructive and supportive, others, like feeling unworthy or inadequate, are limiting. These limiting beliefs serve as barriers to living your ideal life or manifesting your desired reality.

A helpful exercise is to identify and list down the limiting beliefs related to your key desires in life and then explore the origins of these beliefs.

Reframing Your Limiting Beliefs

Once you’ve identified your limiting beliefs, reframe them into positive affirmations. For instance, instead of “I’m not capable,” affirm “I am capable.”  If you’re telling yourself you’re not good enough for a promotion, reframe that belief by assuring yourself that you are a hard worker and deserve success. Repeat these affirmations daily, ideally in the morning and evening when your mind is more receptive to rewiring and reshaping beliefs.

Don’t let Limiting Beliefs Hinder You

Limiting beliefs are often ingrained from early childhood and reinforced by experiences throughout our lives. Over time, they can erode our confidence and hinder our performance, whether in our daily endeavours, professional pursuits, or personal growth.

Don’t give up when limiting beliefs creep in. You’re not alone and everyone experiences limiting beliefs, even leaders and entrepreneurs you admire. 

The important thing is to observe, become aware of your beliefs and repattern them to positive affirming beliefs that align with your intentions, and not hold you back. If you become more conscious of the thoughts and feelings you have that create your beliefs and turn them into a positive feeling, this really can boost your confidence and chance of success.

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Susanna Kenyon-Muir
Susanna Kenyon-Muir is a coach who empowers individuals to live a fulfilling life and career - by understanding who they are. For the past 15+ years, she has been working in the corporate world working for some incredible companies such as Citrix, VMWare, Salesforce, WalkMe to name a few, helping companies and individuals succeed in their digital transformation journeys. It’s through her own journey of self-discovery, and wanting to understand ‘who I am’, that she recognised she loved helping PEOPLE, the people behind these companies to realise their wants and desires and to create from a place of knowledge and awareness. Susanna coaches people through 1:1 coaching and tailored 3-6 month programs using Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), Emotional Intelligence (EQ), her corporate experience, spiritual practices, and a vast array of learnings from her own life.