“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” ~Albert Einstein
My greatest wish in life is to be able to travel the world. Unfortunately, I don’t have the financial means nor job flexibility to do so. Ok I admit it– THIS IS JUST A WEAK EXCUSE! I keep telling myself that I can’t afford to travel, yet I continue to go about my life without changing anything to make my dreams possible. At this rate I’ll never get to visit the Great Wall of China, The Basque Forest in Spain, Vietnam’s Halong Bay, California’s State Route 1, Parc Guell in Barcelona, or New York’s Greenwich Village.
I became aware of my limiting beliefs on travel one spring break during sophomore year in college. I had never really gone anywhere for spring break before, for the same reasons I stated above. On some level I believed that travel was something exclusively for wealthy-wildly-adventuresome people and that normal folks had to stay put and settle for local.
This spring break would be different, a group of friends and I just decided to hop in our car and go to the beach which was 4 hours away. No planning, no thinking, just doing. Simple as that. It may not seem like a big deal to someone who’s been half ways around the country, but for a girl suffering from a case of small town mentality this was quite the adventure.
I’m not wealthy enough, I’m not stable enough, I’m not young enough, I’m not old enough, I’m not brave enough, I’m not adventurous enough — some of the reasons why we might put off our dreams.
Do you know what limiting beliefs you hold?
Sometimes we aren’t even aware of them, yet these limiting thoughts go on limiting life. Our thoughts create our reality, so why continue going through life clinging on to wildly confining beliefs. If you are ready for a really big, new life change dare to think differently.
Below are the 12 steps to breaking mental barriers, to start living unexpectedly, and to enjoy enlightening experiences that otherwise we’d pass on.
- We accept that we hold limiting beliefs that confine us to mediocre living.
- We are now aware that we must expand our thinking.
- We turn to our fellow bloggers (sub in whichever term you prefer), particularly those who have struggled with limited thinking.
- We have made a list of our limiting beliefs and situations in which they are most likely to creep up.
- We admit to our family and friends the exact nature of our limited mindsets and ask them to remind us of it in those situations.
- We are ready to discard the should dos, what ifs, and what might happens.
- We passionately embrace more spontaneity in our lives.
- We have made a list of the dreams we have harmed and which we we hope to make a reality.
- We shall do all we can to make them a reality, in a way that will not cause anyone harm.
- We will continue to take personal beliefs inventory and revise them as needed.
- Through creative introspection we improve our self-awareness and free ourselves of subconscious limiting beliefs.
- Having had a creative spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we are ready to help others who may come to us in the same way.
You are a creator, gifted by nature. Choose your thoughts wisely and start creating the life you have always dreamed of.
What do you do to overcome confining mindsets? What mind blowing experiences have you had that never could have been possible had you remained stuck in limiting thinking?