5 Limiting Beliefs You Must Let Go to Succeed

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by David Ly Khim

There’s so much to look forward to. A new year. A fresh start. You’ve set goals for the new year and the future looks bright.

However, the beliefs you have may be the roadblocks that will prevent you from achieving your goals.

These beliefs are so common, it’s easy to accept them and write them off as normal thoughts to have. They can be so overpowering that they can lead people to live unhappy and unfulfilled lives.

Turn your back on the following beliefs so you can work toward success with even more focus.

1. Your goals are impossible.

The reality is your goals are possible. The path to making them happen may not be crystal clear, but that doesn’t mean you can’t pave your own way. It won’t be easy. You’ll have to work hard and take risks to make your unparalleled vision come to life. But if it’s your dream, none of that should matter. Right? Anything worth having is worth working for. You can find a way to make it happen. It’ll be worth it.

2. You need to be comfortable.

Staying within your comfort zone will minimize your growth. Chances are, your end goal is something you’ve never done before, something completely outside of your comfort zone. Take risks and put yourself out in the world to create your own path to success. It’ll be scary and you may sometimes not know what to expect, but you won’t get any closer to achieving your goals by being comfortable. Take a step or two out of your box and begin stepping toward success.

3. You have to make everyone happy.

Not everyone will agree with what you do and not everyone will be happy with your decisions. People will feel the need to tell you what to do. They will have expectations of what they think you should do, and they won’t hesitate to let you know if you aren’t meeting those expectations. No matter what, people will find reasons to be disappointed with you.

You must remember to make decisions that meet your own expectations, that make you happy and fulfilled, that you believe will help you achieve your own vision of success.

4. You should never be selfish.

The decision to pursue your own interests and personal development may come off as selfish. Friends and family may give you a hard time for this. Some may even feel neglected that you chose to focus on yourself instead of giving them all of your time. “Stop thinking only about yourself,” they’ll say. But how else do you expect to make any progress toward achieving your goals? You must take time to yourself and be selfish every now and then to succeed.

This doesn’t mean you should always work with only your interests in mind. You should definitely think about others as you continue to work toward success. There will be people supporting you and helping you as you achieve your goals. Remember to show your appreciation for them. You may be pursuing success, but don’t forget them.

5. You don’t matter.

There’s a lot of noise in the world. With pictures and updates on Instagram and Twitter and Facebook, everyone appears to be doing, or is attempting to do, remarkable things. Don’t get lost in that noise.

Focus on what you’re doing. Your personal journey toward success is not insignificant because, as you work towards success, you will influence and inspire the people around you. Whether the effect be large or small, inspiration causes ripples. The work you do to become successful may not change the world, but it may change someone’s life.

Don’t sell yourself or your capabilities short. Your journey toward succeed is more significant than you think.

It’s your turn.

Are we missing something? What beliefs do you feel are holding you back? What limiting belief are you working to let go of?

Share your thoughts with us by leaving a comment below.

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