Limiting Thoughts that are Holding You Back

September 5, 2017
Avoiding all limiting thoughts, which cause you harm, will help you to grow. Accept that you're not perfect and allow yourself to fail so you can learn from your mistakes.

There are different ways of thinking that limit your mind and creativity. Additionally, these limiting thoughts may submerge you in agony and occasionally cause you to play the role of victim.

However, this is a way of viewing life and as such, it can be modified.

Learn to be conscious of these damaging and limiting thoughts that on occasion cause you to put up walls that separate you from your surroundings.

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Limiting Thoughts That Imprison You

“I’ll leave it for tomorrow”

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Does the word “procrastinate” sound familiar to you? It’s a habit that you probably have that causes you to always leave something you want to do for the next day.

What happens in most cases is you keep putting it off until you forget about it.

Not Allowing Yourself to Enjoy Life

Perhaps you make excuses such as the fact that you have to save up and not spend money on that trip or purchase you really want to make. Maybe you believe it wouldn’t be right to treat yourself, even though you are more than capable.

These limiting thoughts are actually ways that you prohibit yourself from enjoying life.

One way to avoid doing this is living each day as if it was your last, but not in a way that you are going to blow through all that you have. Rather, try to enjoy life and allow yourself to do the things that you want.

We only have one life. No one knows where we will be tomorrow, so why don’t we start enjoying life here and now?

“I can’t stop thinking about…”

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There is something called “obsessive thinking”, which has a snowball effect. These obsessive thoughts become bigger and bigger until they overcome you and manifest themselves through anxiety or physical pain.

Something that has caused you to feel ashamed or a situation in which you are overcome with guilt can cause these obsessive thoughts to bombard you with how you could have avoided the situation.

All of a sudden, you can’t sleep at night, you can’t enjoy life, and your mind turns into a whirlpool of thoughts that won’t cease.

Learning how to let go will become essential so you can stop clinging to these harmful ideas that don’t get you anywhere. If you think about it, you aren’t actually resolving anything by constantly thinking about something that is already in the past.

“I have to do it perfectly”

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Have you ever been a perfectionist? If you have, you know that it can block you and prevent you from accepting something that’s already finished.

With the excuse that you have a task at hand to accomplish, you will spend hours and hours trying to make it absolutely perfect.

Nonetheless, you are probably conscious of the fact that this is something completely subjective. In reality, perfection doesn’t really exist.

You’re probably scared of failure, or of losing, or of being rejected for doing a bad job. However, have you ever stopped to think about this being a good opportunity to learn and grow?

By being a perfectionist, you will never be able to improve. However, by trial and error, you will. Accept that you are not perfect, give your best, and keep growing.

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“I blame myself” or “You are to blame”

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You’ve certainly had experiences and learned quite a lot about placing blame, but since it’s such an important topic, it is crucial that we fully address it.

Blame in its two forms, blaming others or feeling guilty, is very damaging. It stops you from living a normal life and it can be paralyzing.

When you blame yourself you’re not able to get out of your current state, you paralyze yourself, and you plunge yourself into the obsessive thoughts that come at you.

When you blame others, you escape from the responsibility that you should be taking, which results in immaturity and lack of perspective.

It’s important that you find the necessary balance of blaming yourself and blaming others, to stop limiting thoughts and free your mind.

Be Done with Limiting Thoughts, Let it Go

Many of us have experienced these limiting thoughts that make us feel bad, that paralyze us and prevent us from living happy, full lives.

Now that you are aware of every one of them, you should try your best not to fall into their snares.

You don’t deserve to suffer at your own hands since it is you who will be at the crossroads.

Remember, the worst storms are the ones we form in our heads, not the ones that are actually happening.