How “Limiting Beliefs” Are Preventing You From Living the Life You Aspire to Create
We’ve all been guilty of thinking negative sh*t about ourselves. “My memory sucks,” “I’m terrible at math,” “I’m too dumb to learn that.”
When we spend too much time comparing ourselves to others, we often get trapped with the idea that we’re somehow not as good as they are. But the reality is that this way of thinking is one of the main things holding us back.
You might not be that stoked with your achievements at this exact moment, but that doesn’t mean you can’t crush it in the near future. In reality, your brain is highly neuroplastic, or able to change. I mean think about who you are now versus who you used to be. You’ve changed massively already. And you can and will continue to do so for the rest of your days.
Lots of people think that our brains reach their maximum capacity around adolescence, and that afterwards it’s all downhill from there. But research proves that this belief is false.
Consider a cab driver in London. In order to get a license, they’ve got to do a ton of learning and pass an extremely challenging exam. The prospective cabbie spends 3-4 years memorizing each of the 25,000 streets in just one 10-kilometer area of London. This exceptional amount of learning and memorizing has a tremendous effect on their brains. Compared with ordinary people, the London cabbies have a significant amount of additional gray matter in their memory centers—meaning they’ve got much better memory than the average person.
The tedious process of learning all of these streets seemingly forces their brains to generate new neural pathways. It actually changes the structure of their brain and even makes them larger!
So what does all this sh*t mean for us? I mean, we’re not London cab drivers after all. Well, luckily it means that we can do the exact same thing. But before we can do this, we have to eliminate beliefs about ourselves that hold us back.
By removing negative thought patterns and limiting beliefs about ourselves, we open up a world of possibilities. Our willingness to learn and grow will improve and our confidence will go through the roof. The sky is the limit when your beliefs don’t have one.
Hope you enjoyed the read.