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How You Can Stop Limiting Beliefs and Take Back Your Life

How You Can Stop Limiting Beliefs and Take Back Your Life

In this life, you are the only person who holds the keys to your life. This means that you have the power to either make or break it. You’ve heard countless times that you only have one life and that life is short thus, you need to live it to the fullest. Most of the time, the situations you have to face are a result of false beliefs that you desperately try to cling to. These beliefs may be self-imposed or you might have gotten them from peers, friends, relatives, or people you look up to.

Regardless of where these beliefs come from, it is important to find the right solutions to help you stop limiting beliefs and regain your life. Below you will find some suggestions that can help you get back on track.

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Question the limiting beliefs

There are very many times when we accept limiting beliefs or thoughts automatically. Why you ask? Probably because somewhere along your life, you have learned to do this. If you want to regain your life however, it’s about time to start questioning and challenging those limitations. This can be as simple as asking you “How do I know I can’t?” Keep probing even when your subconscious mind has already given you the automatic NO. This conversation should be kept alive until you realize that the limitation holding you back was just an illusion.

Take time off

One of the reasons why you could be choosing to follow beliefs that limit you in one way or another is because your judgment may be clouded. Take a little time off so that you can approach the situation with a clear mind for better results. This allows you to evaluate the areas in life where you might feel stuck, trapped or stressed. It is important to note that you only feel this way because you want to. You can choose to release these negative or frustrating emotions and start looking at the glass as half-full rather than half empty.

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Get out of your comfort zone

You might be affected by limiting thoughts simply because you feel safe or are “used” to being in a certain situation. Try and take a few steps and wade into unfamiliar territories. This will take you outside the borders of your limited behavior and thinking capabilities. At this point, you get to ask yourself a very important question “How can this be done?” Take small yet powerful steps towards finding innovative or successful solutions. Someone once said “A journey of a thousand mile starts with one step.” This means that you have to look for a starting point. Taking this step, helps individuals to redefine what they think they can achieve. It is always important to remember that you can achieve more or do more than you think you can. Switch the gears of your life and adopt a “can do” attitude and you will be surprised as to how far you can go in life.

Learn from your past

Drowning yourself in the sorrows of yesterday will do nothing for your future. This will only leave you locked into a cocoon of self-pity, which is a very dangerous spot. It is important to learn to pick yourself up, dust off, and move on with your head held high. It took Thomas Edison about 10, 000 tries to make the light bulb. When he was interviewed by a reporter who asked him whether he felt like a failure, he simply answered, “Young man, why would I feel like a failure? And why would I ever give up? I now know definitively over 9,000 ways that an electric light bulb will not work. Success is almost in my grasp.” If he was discouraged by his first attempt and wallowed in failure, he would probably not have made history. Take life lessons from this master who invented the light bulb and regain your life in an instant.

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Don’t label yourself

To be successful in life, you have to watch your language. Don’t paste labels on your life that could end up pulling you down. Someone once said, “What you say, you become.” If you label and think of yourself as a failure, you will most probably end up as one. The fact that you are a human being means that you are more flexible than you could ever imagine; just look at all the great things around you. They were once an idea from someone who worked hard to make sure his or her dream was achieved. You are not controlling or submissive, close-minded or inquisitive, sensitive or strong, you are a combination of all of the above. Just like a carpenter who used a wide array of tools for his work, you should also maximize your full personality spectrum to accomplish more, have better relationships and generally be happy.

Look for direction

Just because you think you can’t see the way, does not mean that the way is not there. There are very many times when you allow limiting beliefs to take a central role in your life and end up quitting on things that were close to fruition. Move in a direction that you feel is ideal. If for any reason it is not, turn back and take the next turn. Never ever, think that it is a little too late to change your life. That’s just wrong. First, you need to understand that people live longer nowadays, and most of the age stereotypes are slowly becoming outdated. Secondly, it is better to have lived everyday of your life as a growing individual rather than a shrinking one. It is also important to note that chances of getting instant success are almost zero to nil. You have to dream and be well prepared to be a successful person.

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Getting motivated to get started can be hard for some. Here is a great article called Hack Your Mind to Get Motivated.

Learn how to deal effectively with outer limitations. You would probably astonish yourself if you broke the bounds of limiting beliefs and searched for more options, made more phone calls, knocked more doors and explored extra resources.

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Last Updated on August 16, 2018

16 Productivity Secrets of Highly Successful People Revealed

16 Productivity Secrets of Highly Successful People Revealed

The same old motivational secrets don’t really motivate you after you’ve read them for the tenth time, do they?

How about a unique spin on things?

These 16 productivity secrets of successful people will make you reevaluate your approach to your home, work, and creative lives. Learn from these highly successful people, turn these little things they do into your daily habits and you’ll get closer to success.

1. Empty your mind.

It sounds counterproductive, doesn’t it?

Emptying your mind when you have so much to remember seems like you’re just begging to forget something. Instead, this gives you a clean slate so you’re not still thinking about last week’s tasks.

Clear your mind and then start thinking only about what you need to do immediately, and then today. Tasks that need to be accomplished later in the week can wait.

Here’s a guide to help you empty your mind and think sharper:

How to Declutter Your Mind to Sharpen Your Brain and Fall Asleep Faster

2. Keep certain days clear.

Some companies are scheduling “No Meeting Wednesdays,” which means, funnily enough, that no one can hold a meeting on a Wednesday. This gives workers a full day to work on their own tasks, without getting sidetracked by other duties or pointless meetings.

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This can work in your personal life too, for example if you need to restrict Facebook access or limit phone calls.

3. Prioritize your work.

Don’t think every task is created equal! Some tasks aren’t as important as others, or might take less time.

Try to sort your tasks every day and see what can be done quickly and efficiently. Get these out of the way so you have more free time and brain power to focus on what is more important.

Lifehack’s CEO has a unique way to prioritize works, take a look at it here:

How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

4. Chop up your time.

Many successful business leaders chop their time up into fifteen-minute intervals. This means they work on tasks for a quarter of an hour at a time, or schedule meetings for only fifteen minutes. It makes each hour seem four times as long, which leads to more productivity!

5. Have a thinking position.

Truman Capote claimed he couldn’t think unless he was laying down. Proust did this as well, while Stravinsky would stand on his head!

What works for others may not work for you. Try to find a spot and position that is perfect for you to brainstorm or come up with ideas.

6. Pick three to five things you must do that day.

To Do lists can get overwhelming very quickly. Instead of making a never-ending list of everything you can think of that needs to be done, make daily lists that include just three to five things.

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Make sure they’re things that need to be done that day, so you don’t keep putting them off.

7. Don’t try to do too much.

OK, so I just told you to work every day, and now I’m telling you to not do too much? It might sound like conflicting advice, but not doing too much means not biting off more than you can chew. Don’t say yes to every work project or social engagement and find yourself in way over your head.

8. Have a daily action plan.

Don’t limit yourself to a to-do list! Take ten minutes every morning to map out a daily action plan. It’s a place to not only write what needs to be done that day, but also to prioritize what will bring the biggest reward, what will take the longest, and what goals will be accomplished.

Leave room for a “brain dump,” where you can scribble down anything else that’s on your mind.

9. Do your most dreaded project first.

Getting your most dreaded task over with first means you’ll have the rest of the day free for anything and everything else. This also means that you won’t be constantly putting off the worst of your projects, making it even harder to start on it later.

10. Follow the “Two-Minute Rule.”

The “Two-Minute Rule” was made famous by David Allen. It’s simple – if a new task comes in and it can be done in two minutes or less, do it right then. Putting it off just adds to your to-do list and will make the task seem more monumental later.

11. Have a place devoted to work.

If you work in an office, it’s no problem to say that your cubicle desk is where you work every day.

But if you work from home, make sure you have a certain area specifically for work. You don’t want files spread out all over the dinner table, and you don’t want to feel like you’re not working just because you’re relaxing on the couch.

Agatha Christie never wrote at her desk, she wrote wherever she could sit down. Ernest Hemingway wrote standing up. Thomas Wolfe, at 6’6″ tall, used the top of his refrigerator as a desk. Richard Wright wrote on a park bench, rain or shine.

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Have a space where, when you go there, you know you’re going to work. Maybe it’s a cafe downstairs, the library, or a meeting room. Whenever and wherever works for you, do your works there.

12. Find your golden hour.

You don’t have to stick to a “typical” 9–5 schedule!

Novelist Anne Rice slept during the day and wrote at night to avoid distractions. Writer Jerzy Kosinski slept eight hours a day, but never all at once. He’d wake in the morning, work, sleep four hours in the afternoon, then work more that evening.

Your golden hour is the time when you’re at your peak. You’re alert, ready to be productive, and intent on crossing things off your to-do list.

Once you find your best time, protect it with all your might. Make sure you’re always free to do your best uninterrupted work at this time.

13. Pretend you’re on an airplane.

It might not be possible to lock everyone out of your office to get some peace and quiet, but you can eliminate some distractions.

By pretending you’re on an airplane, you can act like your internet access is limited, you’re not able to get something from your bookcase, and you can’t make countless phone calls.

Eliminating these distractions will help you focus on your most important tasks and get them done without interruption.

14. Never stop.

Writers Anthony Trollope and Henry James started writing their next books as soon as they finished their current work in progress.

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Stephen King writes every day of the year, and holds himself accountable for 2,000 words a day! Mark Twain wrote every day, and then read his day’s work aloud to his family to get their feedback.

There’s something to be said about working nonstop, and putting out continuous work instead of taking a break. It’s just a momentum that will push you go further./

15. Be in tune with your body.

Your mind and body will get tired of a task after ninety minutes to two hours focused on it. Keep this in mind as you assign projects to yourself throughout the day, and take breaks to ensure that you won’t get burned out.

16. Try different methods.

Vladimir Nabokov wrote the first drafts of his novels on index cards. This made it easy to rearrange sentences, paragraphs, and chapters by shuffling the cards around.

It does sound easier, and more fun, than copying and pasting in Word! Once Nabokov liked the arrangement, his wife typed them into a single manuscript.

Same for you, don’t give up and think that it’s impossible for you to be productive when one method fails. Try different methods until you find what works perfectly for you.

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