How our beliefs can block our progress & success
Our belief system is a set of concepts or ideas that we carry as our truth and govern our thoughts, words and actions. These beliefs begun to formulate from the moment we were born and have been influenced by our parents, teachers, the society and our own observations and experiences whilst growing up. The beliefs hold, in many ways define us and determine how we express ourselves, how we relate to the world and how we respond to it.
Some of these beliefs are part of our conscious awareness and some are not. However, even those which are not in our conscious awareness have major impact in our lives. As a matter of fact those subconscious beliefs are the ones that rule us the most.
If we were to investigate them through our conscious mind we most likely find out that quite a few of these beliefs are invalid in our present reality. Our conscious mind rejects them as true. Unfortunately though, we are still influenced by them since emotionally we still accept them as true.
Our subconscious mind has its own mechanisms. Its job is to protect and serve us by any means. However, it runs on “autopilot”. We have willingly or unwillingly programmed it in a certain away and it will run the same programme based on external triggers. It has no judgement as such. So our conscious mind might say “no” but our subconscious mind says “yes” and we find ourselves amidst a battle of interest and we experience a conflict.
If the conflict is known to the conscious mind then we know what’s blocking our progress. There are times however, that we are not aware of this conflict and we wonder why things are not working in our life the way we would have wanted them to. So what do we do?
If things in our life are not working in the way we would have liked them to, we need to investigate which are those things that are blocking us. What is standing our way; what is limiting us. Searching within, we can find beliefs that do don’t serve our happiness, wellbeing and progress. If we look into it, we can find those beliefs that are outdated, irrational and have no valid foundation.
We generally call these limiting beliefs. There could be external things too that seem to be blocking us. However, why do these external things exist on the first place, if we have not attracted them or created them ourselves?
Understanding limiting beliefs, finding the ones that we personally hold and eliminating them from our lives is – I feel – crucial to our emotional and physical wellbeing, our progress and for realising our full potential.