4 Steps to Overcoming Limiting Beliefs

“Limits exist only in the mind” ~ Author unknown

Imagine this… You are walking along a dirt road with the goal of getting to the other side of town.  Along your way, you run into a big brick wall.  This wall is completely blocking your path and it stops you dead in your tracks.

What do you do?  Do you give up and go home?  Do you just sit there and “hope” the wall will eventually disappear?  Do you push against it to try and move it with force?  Or do you overcome the obstacle by finding a way to get around it?

Our limiting beliefs are like big brick walls blocking us on our path to freedom, wealth, and success.  We all have them… It’s just a matter of learning how to work through them when they arise.  Most people, unfortunately, don’t know how to let go of their own illusions of limitation.  They end up “buying into” their limiting thoughts and beliefs and either just quit or struggle against them tirelessly to the point of exhaustion.

Successful people, on the other hand, have just learned how to walk around the big brick wall and continue along their path with even more enthusiasm, motivation, and empowerment than ever before.  Now, there are actually many ways of working through limiting beliefs… But at the end of the day, it really just comes down to your ability to see the TRUTH.

I recently learned a 4 step process to overcoming limiting (false) beliefs by a mentor and teacher of mine… And it’s been so transformational for me, that I couldn’t wait to share it with you!  Click play now on the video below to hear more…

I’d LOVE to hear from you!

Do the 4 step exercise that I explain in the video and then please share your insights with all of us by leaving a comment below! Do you have any questions, thoughts, feedback, or life experiences to share? And don’t forget to “share the love” if you enjoyed this post today by sharing it on Facebook and Twitter.  Thank you so much!  Hope this was valuable for you today!  I sure know how life changing it’s been for me!

To Your Unlimited Success,

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Michael November 12, 2010 at 12:15 pm

What if the opposite is true?

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Michael November 16, 2010 at 10:44 am

Hi Katie,

What I meant was… it is so easy to convince yourself that you are great at xyz, and have enough value to be taken seriously, even accepted. I know from my own experience the difference between what people think of me, what I would like them to think of me and what they actually think of me.

I can understand how you overcame being shy, and kind of unsure of yourself when you first started out online. But you have business savvy, are very intelligent, and natural on camera/video. You are easy to accept, and believe in! And epitomise your message.

However, what if the opposite is true for others? The way you reacted to my blog post earlier this year clearly said that you were not convinced that I had enough value to share. I try to be the best marketer that I can be. It is not so much my limited beliefs, but people like Philip Kotler, et al that set such a high bar. I will try to overcome :)

Thanks.
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Dale November 12, 2010 at 1:46 pm

Katie you had me @ hello !

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Cheryl November 12, 2010 at 3:38 pm

Thank you Katie!!
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Terri Hansford November 13, 2010 at 3:02 am

A great 4 step strategy on overcoming our own limiting beliefs. I truly believe that limiting beliefs are a proliferation of our life’s experiences and that the key to overcoming them is learning to let them go, thus making room for more positivity in our being.
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Barbara Arbster November 13, 2010 at 7:06 am

Excellent video Katie. Thanks so much. We..our beliefs are what holds us back. Daily affirmations can be extremely helpful in raising our vibration and breaking through any negative beliefs we hold about ourselves.

Peace,
Barbara Arbster

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Jeannette Koczela November 13, 2010 at 9:41 am

Thanks Katie for the 4 great questions. I have always liked the work of Katie Byron. As a spiritual life coach, I find that it’s amazing how attached people are to their beliefs. It’s good to examine beliefs the way you have presented. Of course changing those limiting beliefs isn’t that easy but realizing the cost helps. And it’s good to remember that shifting limiting beliefs is a process not a one time occurrence.
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Emily November 13, 2010 at 10:00 am

Powerful words Katie! It is amazing what we do when we decide to drop those beliefs and I’ve had to do this myself soooooo much lately! Often times when business is slow I think “well it must be because people don’t see any value in me.” But I know it’s because that’s the thought I’m giving myself. Thank you for another great video!

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Elena J Forbes November 13, 2010 at 10:44 am

Thank you sharing Katie… This is a wonderful post!!! Sometimes were are our own worst enemies! These patterns are very dangerous and detrimental to achieving real success in business and personal lives.

Thanks again!!

Elena
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Quinton Goodman November 13, 2010 at 11:02 am

Thanks for sharing Katie

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Darren kinvig November 13, 2010 at 6:52 pm

Katie, Katie, Katie ! You are so powerful in your advice and when you share information. This was so helpful and I believe it all to be so very true.
I busted by back 10 yrs ago. I live in constant pain 24/7 Although I have learn t what you have say about beliefs other ways, I wish I had heard from you before I had to learn the hard way.
My thoughts were capable of destroying me. Of stopping me from ever getting out of bed in the morning. Yes you are right about your beliefs! Where would any person be if you changed the way in which you think. This is powerful stuff. Your beliefs are powerful and pave your road ahead. SO beware and adjust them as needed.
Thanks for all your advice and sharing so much with me you have made this experience positive and exciting while opening so many new doors for me. Thanks
Darren
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Damayanthi November 14, 2010 at 12:51 am

Hi Katie,
As always ton of value here. I see most of get hung up on our limiting beliefs without taking time to see through them.

This is a great exercise will definitely be helpful in overcoming the beliefs we have.

Thanks for sharing

Damayanthi
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Gerald Gigerl November 15, 2010 at 3:12 pm

Hey Katie,

glad to see another post-video from you, that certainly was stuffed with lots of golden nuggets and real facts.

The best topic certainly is courage and how we can sustain it over the long term. We all have our barriers, we all have some issues with doing something new, but we have to do it, regardless of how we might feel at the moment.

It´s just a matter of time, and when you fight and encounter your fears than they are almost gone. The first step is really hard, and it takes a lot focus and willpower to work through it.

I found it very powerful to write down my fears, and see how I can overcome them.

Another big tip is: Write down all of your goals, and place the activities that you have to do next to them.
This will help you a lot to actually do it, because once you realized that this step is absolutely VITAL, you have to do it.

This process is so darn powerful and I can recommend it to everyone out there.

Katie, I know exactly where you have been, because I heard countless stories and was pretty impressed on what you achieved so far, and I´m proud of you.

I´ve got a very interesting question for you: Currently, I´m facing a huge challenge, it´s my first Webinar.

Which specific tip can you give me along the journey, to make it happen? Or better said, what can you do to strengthen your beliefs so it will seem a smaller obstacle than it actually is?

Looking forward hearing from you, and I´m so grateful for this blog-post.

Keep going.

Gerald

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Reinaldo November 17, 2010 at 4:11 pm

Appart from the great teachings you provide you happen to be jaw-droppingly beautiful!
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Robert November 17, 2010 at 7:28 pm

Hi Katie!

Yes, I like your quote “…buying into” their limiting thoughts and beliefs…” The battle in the mind against doubt!

And yes, we need inspiration from each other sometimes. You do a great job at that!

and on the same note of inspiration, I want to share some inspiring words from Oscar Winner Kevin Spacy:

[The Question was given:]

How do we appreciate the first “Lean Years” we go through, leading up to the “Ultimate Prize” ?

[Kevin's reply:]

“There IS no prize…out there.

The only prize is this one. [yourself]
And what you feel. And what you want to accomplish.

And if you can, as you start out, these…
what could be “Lean Years”, what could be “Fat Years”…

…I feel that I very often watch a lot of young people sort of meander around,without any idea about why they’re doing what they’re doing…

I mean, to want, and to be ambitious, and to want to be successful,

Is not enough.

That’s just desire.

To know what you want, to understand why you are doing it.
To dedicate every breath in your body, to achieve!

If you feel that you have something to give…
if you feel that you’re particular talent is worth developing…
is worth caring for…

…then there’s NOTHING you can’t achieve!

You’re going to grow up with your colleges.
You’re going to watch them have success and watch them have failure,
and you’re going to watch how they deal with it.

And they can be as much as a teacher for you, as anybody here…”

See his moving video on my blog post “Can You Succeed By Just Wanting It?”

Robert
P.S. Your webinar this evening was really great!
Robert´s last blog post ..Can You Succeed By Just Wanting It

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Eldridge DuFauchard November 17, 2010 at 8:59 pm

This is so true Katie and I’m finding myself pushing through my limiting beliefs and getting out of my comfort zone.

I’m now powerful and fearless!!!

Thank you

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Jeff Faldalen November 17, 2010 at 11:25 pm

Hi Katie,
As Always Great content.
You always have a way of putting things a little different, which make you think about it completely different

I appreciate your contribution to the industry.

Best wishes,
Jeff Faldalen
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tim November 18, 2010 at 4:09 pm

Limiting beliefs are just that; they limit your potential. I see it all the time when people sell themselves short and never even try. Successful people on the other hand use failure and learn from it and then push forward. It’s much better to go through life believing you can do anything and if you fail, you just roll with it.
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Amanda Emily Reed November 18, 2010 at 6:03 pm

Fantastic post Katie – Ive used these approaches to breaking down limiting beliefs before, and its very effective.

Once we overcome these, we can truly achieve anything, as its our beliefs and subconscious wiring that truly guides us daily :)

Thank you for sharing :)
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Erika Olson November 19, 2010 at 10:50 am

Thanks Katie! Love the initial quote: “Limits exist only in the mind”. How true it is….

Erika

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Erika Olson November 19, 2010 at 10:52 am

Thanks Katie!

Love the initial quote: “Limits exist only in the mind”. How true it is….

Erika
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Mikayla November 19, 2010 at 9:02 pm

I love this, Katie! With certain limiting beliefs, my bad habit has tended to be to “struggle against them tirelessly to the point of exhaustion” mostly because I had trouble figuring out HOW to overcome them. Just reading your post and watching your video made me realize even the language I was using (“I’m trying to break through…”) represented the struggle. *ugh* I can feel the shift from that alone, so thank you for that! :) I’m looking forward to using the 4 step process you outlined.
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Kathryn Wilson November 20, 2010 at 8:45 am

Hi Katie,
Interesting and inspiring stuff. Thanks for giving us food for thought again.
In fact, I’ve just written a blog post about Internet Marketing gurus, and what it is that they know or do that makes them mega successful. As examples, I’ve mentioned only a handful of experts, and you’re one of them (with good reason)!
Here it is: http://aztecinternetmarketing.com/2010/11/20/internet-marketing-gurus-experts-newbies/
I’ve included a link back to your blog too.
All the best, Kathryn
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Dr. Bob Clarke November 21, 2010 at 4:02 pm

Hi Katie,

I like these 4 questions… its true that most of our negative beliefs about ourselves and self imposed and self limiting.

We are a world of mirrors, huh? Never thought about it like that. Will need to give that one some thought.

Thanks for sharing!
Dr. Bob Clarke´s last blog post ..“What If” – The Good- The Bad- and The Very Ugly

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Kareem Williams November 22, 2010 at 9:26 pm

I love it when A Person Can put together Valuable info for me to Facebook Share and tweet to my family and friends. Value is how you brand yourself As A leader in this industry and you Katie Have it all down packed. Thanks A million for Sharing.
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Christophe November 23, 2010 at 3:03 am

Hi Katie,

Great post
All is in the title, it’s so true

Christophe
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Danny Quigley November 23, 2010 at 9:57 pm

Hi Katie,

An awesome article. Great example of the brick wall. I truely love reading your articles. And some of them, like this one are just awesome. I would appreciate if we can develop a friendly business relationship with each other. I have been in touch with Stephen C. Campbell, Kevin H. Davis, Vince Samios and Dean Holland from a quite long time and we have a good friendly business relationship with each other.

Who knows we can be helpful to each other anywhere, anyway in near future. Isn’t it?

Regards,
Danny Quigley
http://www.dannyquigley.com
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Kalpesh Sharma November 23, 2010 at 10:19 pm

I went through your video also. It’s effective and hope this is going to work out well for you.

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Michal Rupinski November 26, 2010 at 1:58 pm

Katie, thank you for sharing this!

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Chris & Michelle Chasen-Hooks November 26, 2010 at 6:10 pm

Hi Katie,

Great post with powerful insight!

Yes, our thought scan be “reframed!”

Many of the old beliefs are hard to discover because they were formed at a very young age. Some beliefs were taken from your family of origin and they no longer serve you, however they keep filtering your every experience in their own way because the are so hard to recognize & eliminate.

You should also understand that your every opinion and the way you see the world is so because of your beliefs. If you don’t like something, it means you have some kind of limiting belief about that thing.

The truth is, with a little practice, limiting beliefs will dissolve! With time & patience you can “reframe” every single thought in your thinking. You will have the absolute freedom to choose the way you want to think and live. You can choose your own beliefs and ways to behave.

Just keep reaffirming the “opposite beliefs” and look for their manifestations.
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Eric Burnett November 27, 2010 at 11:35 am

Great teachings Katie.. I always love to hear from you
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Keith Aul November 30, 2010 at 6:28 pm

Successful people know that obstacles are apart of their lives to make them grow. They look at those challenges for opportunities to build their belief that their desire/goal is achievable. The 4 questions that you presented are so crucial to creating new beliefs about yourself. We are all brought up with certain beliefs because our surroundings(i.e. family members, friends, etc.) were not aware to give us anything else. So later on in life we must become aware of these beliefs by asking the questions you presented. The first question is the key to unlocking your beliefs, “Is this true?” Is it true anymore for me? Is it true for me to hold onto this belief and will it bring me to where I want to go in the future?

Thanks for your insights.

Keith S. Aul
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Brandon Larson December 4, 2010 at 8:38 pm

Katie love your videos. Thanks for your wisdom,knowledge,and passion. Limiting beliefs are very self destructive and can hold us back from our full potential if we choice to let them.

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Krizia | Blog Income for Women December 8, 2010 at 1:09 pm

This is really a great post Katie.

I actually have those question on my desk, but didn’t have that last one “reversing the belief”.

I now have 5 steps from this Katie Byron system.

This is brilliant and will have to integrate it.

Thanks a lot.

Krizia

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Amani December 15, 2010 at 7:19 pm

Awesome video Katie, keep doing your thing!!!

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John RobbersonA December 22, 2010 at 9:30 am

Awesome topic, post and video. It’s so true that you have to get out of your own way to succeed. Unless we overcome our limiting beliefs we will never reach our full potential. Thanks for the great advice.

John R.
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Ryan Martin December 22, 2010 at 5:28 pm

Hey Katie,
I love this post. It is hard to realize it when you are facing a challenge or obstacle, but they really only make you stronger. You are a great example of that.
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Daniel December 26, 2010 at 11:35 am

Here is phrase that summarize the whole post: “Limits exist only in the mind”. I have tested that for many years that the mind is our most powerful ally and our worst enemy at the same time.

This might be a little weird but I had an amazing experience from someone who taught me that everything is possible. I met this girl when I going to work. At first, she seems to be a pretty normal person but while I was getting closer to her, she confesed me she was capable of moving objects by only looking at them.

I could not believe what she told me. In that moment, my mind said THAT IS IMPOSSIBLE. I told here to stop goofing around with me, so in that moment she put a pencil over a table and looked a it very intensely. Suddenly the pencil start moving and changed its position to vertical. I could not believe what I was seeing, that was simply amazing. It took me time to recover myself from the amazement.

Later she explained to me that it is the mind who prevents us to use or full potential. The constant thought : “THAT IS IMPOSSIBLE” “I CAN’T DO IT” is what kept us prisoners and do not let us do anything else.

It really happened to me! IF you ask, I really start trying moving objects but I really have other objectives such as growing economically. Give time to each thing.
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Marnee Masales December 27, 2010 at 12:40 pm

Thanks Katie awesome video. I must say it hit the spot. It made me stop and think. I agree we all do have value to share, because everyone is unique in their own way. This is where brand yourself to who you are as a person.

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Dustin January 8, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Nice video. Thanks for the tips!

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Sharon Hartman January 12, 2011 at 3:06 pm

Great message Katie!

We are often our own worst enemy…our minds can make or break us. With practice and persistence, we can learn how to turn a limiting belief into an empowering thought.

Thank you for sharing this important subject.
Sharon Hartman´s last blog post ..Attitude Of Gratitude

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Vik Tanceva January 19, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Hi Kathy. I live in Russia and I’m close to what you write. But unfortunately I do not know English. Therefore, I do not understand what you say in the video. I know that many of my friends also read your blog. It would be nice if the video still inserted and the text of what you say in the video. This would attract more fans to you. The site helps us translate the Google translator. Thank you

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Pamela Herrmann February 3, 2011 at 5:44 am

OMG, I just blogged on this topic yesterday! Woo hoo — quantum physics at play when I bump into content like this. I’m linking you into my post because it has a terrific layer.

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Bedroom Doors February 21, 2011 at 2:47 am

Actually It’s good to examine beliefs the way you have presented.
with a little practice, limiting beliefs will dissolve! With time & patience you can “re-frame” every single thought in your thinking.Limiting beliefs are like big brick walls blocking us on our path to freedom, wealth, and success.
Well thanks for great tips.:)

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Terry Ellison March 29, 2011 at 5:46 pm

Limiting beliefs destroy dreams. I think you can get a lot of people to believe in themselves but once they think about the huge task of launching a successful business they can’t handle it and revert back to more limiting beliefs.

What a huge issue we all face today in business. Especially home based businesses.

Thanks Katie,

Terry
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Alain July 21, 2011 at 3:31 pm

I learned yesterday how limiting beliefs can keep a lot of good things away from you. The context I was reading it in was about money… and that many people have 3 main limiting beliefs that keep them from attracting money into their lives. Here they are(and this is from Dr. Joe Vitale from the secret in his free book called Attract Money Now – highly recommended):
1. I don’t love myself
2. I don’t deserve it
3. Money is the root of all evil.

So, when I learned this, I immediately wanted to learn how to release these limiting beliefs from my conscious and unconscious mind. That’s how I found this video. I tried the exercise you suggested and I do believe that my grip on these limiting beliefs has loosened a little bit. I’ll have to keep working at ridding myself of these limiting beliefs however.

Thank you so much for sharing this information with us! I retweeted this post with my followers.

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J Gib November 11, 2010 at 11:38 am

Thanks Katie,
Great Info!
An exercise that may help:
Write down a positive and powerful affirmation (10 times)
and look at it when you first get up, then throughout
the day and right before retiring.
J. Gibson!
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