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Most Common Self-Limiting Beliefs That Prevent Success

Most Common Self-Limiting Beliefs That Prevent Success

The idea of being wealthy can be appealing to anyone. We all love the concept of being free and buying those things that makes us more eye-catching. However, when it comes to what price we have to pay to become successful we tend to suddenly build mental obstacles on why we might not be fit for success.

Self-limiting beliefs are self-imposed and can be an obstacle to getting ahead. The truth is that we all have self-limiting beliefs but we all simply handle them differently. Understanding what self-limiting beliefs can stand as an obstacle to our success can be pivotal to helping us breaking internal barriers.

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“We were all born equal, but where we are in life now is of our own making.” ― Stephen Richards

It takes money to make money

There is no greater fallacy or self-imposed belief than one which suddenly looms over us and makes us feel that we need to have a huge sum of money before we become the next Bill Gates. Most individuals on the Forbes 400 list are self-made billionaires! This means that it is more about seeing an opportunity and taking it, rather than about having a huge sum of money before you start out on a venture. Successful people do not limit their thoughts or possibilities with this notion or mindset. They know that even with a huge sum of money you could still fail when starting out. Rather than focus on having money before starting out, they focus on the best way they can create value and attain what they want to attain.

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It is greedy for me to want more

People think that many people who are wealthy are also evil and greedy. However, what would they say about the endless philanthropy many of these successful people do. Money is not the end in itself but rather a means to an end for many of the wealthy. With money you can achieve more, fulfill more dreams and desires, and embrace more freedom. Money in itself is not bad. But having the wrong attitude towards it can be. There is no greed in wanting to get ahead and live a better life. You could also become a channel for others to embrace more success when you set out on the road to become successful. Rather than see becoming wealthy as a greedy pursuit, see it as a road to a lot of possibilities for you and those around you.

There is not enough money to go around

You should never be limited in your vision. Actually, there are more opportunities now than ever before in history to become wealthy. There is more than enough wealth to go around. The problem is that people prefer to sit down in their comfort zones rather than explore new territories and uncharted avenues of becoming wealthy. Successful people dream big, they do not see limitations or impossibilities. Instead, they think of how they can tap into the abundance that is in circulation.

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If I become wealthy people will hate me

We think because the media shows some negative news on the successful that they are hated and not in good relationship with society. This is wrong. We all have flaws and the successful also have their flaws. What makes them different from us in this regard is that there is always a spotlight on their mistakes. However, this doesn’t mean they are hated. Rather, they are seen as icons and role models. This is why there are awards and recognitions for individuals who are successful at what they do. There is nothing broken in your relationship with people when you become successful.

Rather than keep up with such self-imposed beliefs, go out there and demand the life you deserve. You can become whatever you want to be and successful at it. You should not stop yourself from living the life you deserve.

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

The Power of Ritual: Conquer Procrastination, Time Wasters and Laziness

The Power of Ritual: Conquer Procrastination, Time Wasters and Laziness

Life is wasted in the in-between times. The time between when your alarm first rings and when you finally decide to get out of bed. The time between when you sit at your desk and when productive work begins. The time between making a decision and doing something about it.

Slowly, your day is whittled away from all the unused in-between moments. Eventually, time wasters, laziness, and procrastination get the better of you.

The solution to reclaim these lost middle moments is by creating rituals. Every culture on earth uses rituals to transfer information and encode behaviors that are deemed important. Personal rituals can help you build a better pattern for handling everything from how you wake up to how you work.

Unfortunately, when most people see rituals, they see pointless superstitions. Indeed, many rituals are based on a primitive understanding of the world. But by building personal rituals, you get to encode the behaviors you feel are important and cut out the wasted middle moments.

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Program Your Own Algorithms

Another way of viewing rituals is by seeing them as computer algorithms. An algorithm is a set of instructions that is repeated to get a result.

Some algorithms are highly efficient, sorting or searching millions of pieces of data in a few seconds. Other algorithms are bulky and awkward, taking hours to do the same task.

By forming rituals, you are building algorithms for your behavior. Take the delayed and painful pattern of waking up, debating whether to sleep in for another two minutes, hitting the snooze button, repeat until almost late for work. This could be reprogrammed to get out of bed immediately, without debating your decision.

How to Form a Ritual

I’ve set up personal rituals for myself for handling e-mail, waking up each morning, writing articles, and reading books. Far from making me inflexible, these rituals give me a useful default pattern that works best 99% of the time. Whenever my current ritual won’t work, I’m always free to stop using it.

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Forming a ritual isn’t too difficult, and the same principles for changing habits apply:

  1. Write out your sequence of behavior. I suggest starting with a simple ritual of only 3-4 steps maximum. Wait until you’ve established a ritual before you try to add new steps.
  2. Commit to following your ritual for thirty days. This step will take the idea and condition it into your nervous system as a habit.
  3. Define a clear trigger. When does your ritual start? A ritual to wake up is easy—the sound of your alarm clock will work. As for what triggers you to go to the gym, read a book or answer e-mail—you’ll have to decide.
  4. Tweak the Pattern. Your algorithm probably won’t be perfectly efficient the first time. Making a few tweaks after the first 30-day trial can make your ritual more useful.

Ways to Use a Ritual

Based on the above ideas, here are some ways you could implement your own rituals:

1. Waking Up

Set up a morning ritual for when you wake up and the next few things you do immediately afterward. To combat the grogginess after immediately waking up, my solution is to do a few pushups right after getting out of bed. After that, I sneak in ninety minutes of reading before getting ready for morning classes.

2. Web Usage

How often do you answer e-mail, look at Google Reader, or check Facebook each day? I found by taking all my daily internet needs and compressing them into one, highly-efficient ritual, I was able to cut off 75% of my web time without losing any communication.

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3. Reading

How much time do you get to read books? If your library isn’t as large as you’d like, you might want to consider the rituals you use for reading. Programming a few steps to trigger yourself to read instead of watching television or during a break in your day can chew through dozens of books each year.

4. Friendliness

Rituals can also help with communication. Set up a ritual of starting a conversation when you have opportunities to meet people.

5. Working

One of the hardest barriers when overcoming procrastination is building up a concentrated flow. Building those steps into a ritual can allow you to quickly start working or continue working after an interruption.

6. Going to the gym

If exercising is a struggle, encoding a ritual can remove a lot of the difficulty. Set up a quick ritual for going to exercise right after work or when you wake up.

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7. Exercise

Even within your workouts, you can have rituals. Spacing the time between runs or reps with a certain number of breaths can remove the guesswork. Forming a ritual of doing certain exercises in a particular order can save time.

8. Sleeping

Form a calming ritual in the last 30-60 minutes of your day before you go to bed. This will help slow yourself down and make falling asleep much easier. Especially if you plan to get up full of energy in the morning, it will help if you remove insomnia.

8. Weekly Reviews

The weekly review is a big part of the GTD system. By making a simple ritual checklist for my weekly review, I can get the most out of this exercise in less time. Originally, I did holistic reviews where I wrote my thoughts on the week and progress as a whole. Now, I narrow my focus toward specific plans, ideas, and measurements.

Final Thoughts

We all want to be productive. But time wasters, procrastination, and laziness sometimes get the better of us. If you’re facing such difficulties, don’t be afraid to make use of these rituals to help you conquer them.

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