5 Limiting Beliefs That Will Halt Your Success

5 Limiting Beliefs That Will Halt Your Success

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5 Limiting Beliefs That Will Halt Your Success
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It might come to you as a surprise if you are told that you are full of limiting beliefs. Don’t take it personally, because everyone, including me, has their fair share of limiting beliefs.

A limiting belief is what keeps us from reaching our goals. It fills us with pessimism, negative self talk, and doubt. In short, it keeps us from truly living the life of our dreams.

Every time you hope to achieve something, what gets in your way? Is it timing, resources, luck, or a busy schedule? More often than not, it’s just the belief that you need to go for it and go for it now! Even if you can’t dig up what you want just yet, there’s no reason not to find a shovel and get to work! Stop procrastinating!

Here are the 5 most popular limiting beliefs that keep us from pursuing our passions:

1. I know I will fail

You remember that time you failed on your exam? What happened next? I’m sure the world didn’t end there. Even if you were required to repeat a course or do it again, you eventually passed, didn’t you? That’s exactly how it works in real life. So, instead of thinking to yourself, “I know I will fail”, think again and wonder, “What’s the worst that could happen?”

“Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.” – Dennis P. Kimbro

2. I will start tomorrow

Forget about that perfect moment for pursuing your passion. Life is short and time is limited. Hours, days, and years will go by and you may still feel that you have to wait for some magical moment or the right time. News flash: that moment will never come unless you make it! Instead of waiting, live with the belief that time is limited. You don’t have forever so it’s either now or never.


3. People won’t understand

First of all, someone who truly cares about you would be highly reluctant to keep you from pursuing your dream (unless, of course it could be deadly!). The right people would encourage you, because they understand you and your need to go for it. Or perhaps, they fear that you might leave them behind or will expose their fears. Whichever the case, remember that not everyone has to understand what you are doing because you are not doing it for them. You’re doing it for you, and that’s just how it should be. As Lao Tzu once said, “Care about what other people think, and you will always be their prisoner.”


4. I don’t know where to start

Even the most famous scientists and inventors had no clue where to start when they had a mission in mind. Often times, what they started with led them to something entirely different, and sometimes, something even more valuable. Letting this belief be the reason not to start is simply an excuse. Start somewhere, anytime, and anywhere. Even if you don’t get it right the first time, you’ll know what to do next, and then next, and so on. The chain will continue until you have finally reached the point you had in mind.

“Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.” – William James

5. I don’t have the resources

We often limit ourselves to reach our goals by using available resources as an excuse. You may feel that you don’t have the money, qualifications, or skills necessary for the job and these are “obstacles” you can’t overcome. But who says “resources” can’t be gained? In other words, who says skills, education, or money can’t be acquired? With internal resources such as willpower, focus, energy, and passion; external resources are just a step away.


Thank you for reading my article! Which limiting belief stops you and why? Please leave your comment below!


  1. Many thanks for this inspiring article, such a valuable advise to help set goals in life, and follow dreams, indeed life is fast and short -even you live up to 100 years old- to remain stack.

  2. What you think about yourself so shall it happen. The way you view Yourself so shall the mirror reflects. It looks like now I have my friends around me, when my friends they are not nearby I find myself with my shadow but during the night I only find myself. Which sampling means you only got yourself to influence every decision you take. Never ever think that your future is determine by others

  3. There is a great saying that Sooner or later, those who succeeds are those who thinks they can and i believe this to be nothing but the truth.

    If you’re of the habit of always doubting your strength and abilities then, you will find it very difficult to make it in life because your life will be filled with nothing but negativity.

    That is why we all need to drastically get all these limiting beliefs from our mindset.

  4. What you believe will help you succeed in life, and can also help you fail in life. The first step to any amount of success or accomplishment is to believe that you can accomplish it. Your belief system can be your biggest asset in life and can also be you biggest downfall. When you have confidence in yourself and your abilities, doors tend to open up for you. These limiting beliefs that you shared are beliefs that hold so many back from reaching their full potential in life. Thanks for bringing them to light!

  5. Really enjoyed the article. Far to many people are just like that picture but not in the sand up some where else. I also find that if you replace I can’t with how can I it gives a whole new positive look to the situation. Thanks for sharing

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