Where Does a Limiting Belief Start?
like many other beliefs, the beliefs that restrict us start early in life. Many
limiting beliefs are fear-based, and a lot of well-meaning parents teach these
types of beliefs to their children in an effort to keep them safe from harm or
If a child
grows up believing they can reach for the stars, they are probably going to be
climbing to a lot of high places in the process. A fearful parent may prefer to
keep their child’s feet firmly on the ground, believing (rightly or wrongly)
that it is safer.
sitting on the couch probably is less
risky than trekking in Antarctica (something my friend’s 20-year-old niece did
not long ago). That is unless you consider the risk of obesity and related
health problems that can develop through inactivity of course!
is, though, that playing it safe is terribly limiting. It’s not that we should
encourage excessive risk taking, but I do believe that we should encourage
ourselves and others to follow our hearts and passions, and not to let fear
prevent us from doing things that we really want to do. When it comes to doing
truly dangerous things (like trekking in Antarctica!) we should take every
possible precaution, and educate ourselves thoroughly first!