How Confronting Your Limiting Beliefs Sky Rockets your Personal Growth

Jun 17, 2024 | Business Coaching, Executive Coaching, Personal Development

On the path of personal development, some of the most significant barriers we encounter are our own limiting beliefs. These are deeply ingrained thoughts and convictions that constrain our potential, holding us back from achieving our true capabilities. Limiting beliefs are often subconscious and so subtle, that we don’t even realise that they are at play.  The objective of this article (and a lot of the work I do with my clients) is to shine the light of awareness on them.  Then we can introduce proactive strategies to can confront and overcome them, paving the way for personal growth and more success!


What are Limiting Beliefs?

Limiting beliefs are thoughts, assumptions or perceptions that we accept as true, about ourselves, others, or the world. They mainly stem from past experiences, cultural conditioning, or the influence of care/authority figures.

Common examples include beliefs like:

  • “I’m not good enough,”
  • “Success isn’t possible for me,”
  • “It’s too late to change.”

These beliefs create a self-fulfilling prophecy, where our actions and attitudes align with these negative thoughts, thereby reinforcing them.

How to Identify Your Limiting Beliefs

Perhaps the most difficult step in confronting limiting beliefs is identifying them. This is one of the real benefits of working with a coach, who can reflect back to you when you make a statement as though it is a fact, that from an impartial perspective, the coach can point out to you that what you are believing is only a belief, not a fact. 

A start, when it comes to recognising them for yourself is to draw a picture or diagramme to represent the change you would love to bring about in your life / work and then write down the list of reasons that you belief you won’t be able to make that happen, or that it will be difficult for you to make that happen. 

Then go a step further and draw a diagramme of a level of success beyond your wildest dreams and write down the list of reasons that you believe that you won’t be able to make that happen.

Other approaches include:

  1. Journaling: Write down your thoughts and feelings regularly. Look for recurring themes or negative statements about yourself.
  2. Mindfulness and Meditation: Practice being present and observing your thoughts without judgment. Notice any patterns or negative self-talk.
  3. Feedback from Others: Sometimes, others can see our limiting beliefs more clearly than we can. Seek feedback from trusted friends, family, or mentors.
  4. Recognise Emotional Triggers: Pay attention to situations that trigger strong negative emotions. Then ask yourself what belief is behind the strong emotion.

Challenging Limiting Beliefs

Once identified, the next step is to challenge these beliefs. This involves questioning their validity and replacing them with more empowering thoughts.

  1. Question the belief: Ask yourself whether it is possible that what you are believing isn’t 100% true. 
  2. Reframe Your Thoughts: Ask yourself how you might act different if you didn’t hold this limiting belief and what the benefits of that might be.
  3. Affirmations: Consider a positive affirmations to counteract negative beliefs. Affirmations are statements that reinforce your worth and potential and shift you in a more beneficial direction, such as “I am willing to step into a more empowered version of myself.”
  4. Visualization: Imagine yourself succeeding and achieving your goals. Visualization can help rewire your brain to believe in your capabilities.
  5. Seek Support: Engage with a coach, therapist, or support group. Professional guidance can provide you with tools and perspectives to overcome limiting beliefs.

Replacing Limiting Beliefs with Empowering Ones

The final step is to replace limiting beliefs with empowering ones. This process requires consistency and patience.

  1. Set Realistic Goals: Break down your goals into manageable steps. Achieving small victories can build confidence and reinforce positive beliefs.
  2. Practice Self-Compassion: Be kind to yourself. Understand that changing deeply ingrained beliefs takes time and effort. Celebrate your progress, no matter how small.
  3. Surround Yourself with Positivity: Engage with people who uplift and inspire you. Positive influences can reinforce your new beliefs.
  4. Continuous Learning: Embrace a growth mindset. View challenges as opportunities to learn and grow rather than as threats.
  5. Monitor Your Progress: Regularly assess your progress and adjust your strategies as needed. Reflect on your successes and the shifts in your mindset.


Confronting and overcoming limiting beliefs is a transformative journey that provides access to a more powerful version of yourself.  It can be daunting as it requires you to step outside of your comfort zone and into the unknown, as you stop playing small and open yourself up to exciting new opportunities.

The power to change your beliefs and therefore your life, lies within you. With dedication and the right strategies, you can create a life that truly reflects your capabilities and aspirations.

    Want to know more about how I can help? Drop me a line or give me a call. A successful coaching relationship depends upon a great rapport, so it’s important to talk. I want to get to know you, see inside your world and we can assess how we’d go from there!