The power of your thoughts is profound, as they set in motion self-perpetuating cycles.
What you think directly impacts how you feel and how you behave.
So, if you perceive yourself as a failure, you will inevitably feel like one.
Consequently, your actions will align with this belief, reinforcing your thought of being a failure.
An example of this can be in the gym.
When someone says, ‘I’m not strong enough for that’.
This assumption immediately leads them to feel defeated and mentally unprepared to tackle the task at hand. Because they THINK they cannot succeed, they don't even attempt it, reinforcing their belief of being too weak.
Beliefs are Reinforced Over Time
Once you form a conclusion about yourself, you tend to seek evidence that supports your belief while disregarding anything that contradicts it.
For example, someone who perceives themselves as a failure will interpret every mistake as proof of their inadequacy. Conversely, when they do succeed, they attribute it to mere luck.
Consider for a moment that it may not be your lack of talent or skills that hinder your progress. Instead, it is often your ingrained beliefs that prevent you from reaching your full potential.
You CAN Change.
Cultivating a more positive outlook can lead to better outcomes. Optimistic thoughts lead to productive behaviour, increasing the likelihood of success.
It's crucial to challenge the narrative you have about yourself. Examine the labels you've placed upon your own abilities. Perhaps you have labelled yourself as weak or convinced yourself that weight loss is not achievable for you.
Remind yourself that these beliefs should not limit your potential. Just because you think something does not make it true.
The good news is that you can change the way you think. You have the ability to alter your perception and transform your life.
How to start today:
Look for evidence to the contrary: Take note of instances when your beliefs were not reinforced. Acknowledging exceptions to the rule will remind you that your beliefs are not always accurate or absolute.
Challenge your beliefs: If you believe you are not good enough, engage in activities that reinforce your sense of worthiness. If you have labelled yourself as too timid to step outside your comfort zone, push yourself to undertake mildly uncomfortable tasks, no matter how small.
With consistent practice, you can train your brain to think differently.
By relinquishing self-limiting beliefs, you will be better equipped to stop holding yourself back and achieve success.