Have you ever busted through your own mental barriers? If you have, you know what a great break through it is. It should be the goal of every leader in the world to help those he’s developing to break through mental barriers. Below is a wonderful post about breaking through limiting beliefs from LIFE Leadership Founder Orrin Woodward.
Life is interesting. On one hand people say they want better results in life, but on the other, they seem paralyzed to perform the actions they know need to be done to improve. Why is this? Well, after 21 years of leading communities and studying human behavior, I have concluded that until a person changes his limiting belief, he will not change his inactivity.
I know. I know. You are probably thinking: but Orrin, how do you change beliefs? Great question. In fact, this is the topic of one of this months (August) LIFE Leadership LLR talks. In effect, one must learn to stand outside yourself and honestly look into why you are not doing what it takes to accomplish what you said you wanted. Psychologist call this cognitive dissonance. And, nearly every time, there is a belief system in conflict with the stated goal. If this isn’t addressed and replaced with a better belief system, nothing of significance will change.
For instance, one of the common limiting beliefs for many people is the thought that they have no control over life’s outcomes. So long as someone believe they have no control over the results in his/her life, why would they even try? While it is true that we do not control or influence everything that happens to us (to name just two – natural disasters or health challenges), it is important to understand that we have much more control over our lives than most people recognize.
I view life as an exciting rapid-filled river that none of us have ever traveled upon before. True, we have no control over the river’s direction, drops, and dangers, but, thankfully, we are issued a kayak (vehicle), a paddle (tool) and a brain (thought). The brain can learn to use the paddle to steer the kayak through life. In fact, this is the goal of LIFE Leadership – to teach people the proper strategies (wisdom) to navigate the rivers of life by utilizing the paddle in the current to propel us in the direction of our dreams.
If someone believes they have no control over the direction life’s river takes them, they, unfortunately, won’t even attempt to use the paddle. Thus, their limiting belief becomes their reality as the kayak bounces hopelessly off the canyon walls and capsizes during the roughest rapids. Limiting beliefs are strong enough to paralyze a person into inaction. In this case, he/she focuses upon what they don’t control rather than upon what they do.
However, the best kayakers can navigate rapids even when they have never been on that particular river before because they have learned to apply river wisdom to recognize the repeatable patterns present in all rapids. In a similar way, wisdom supplies leaders with the ability to recognize repeatable patterns in life and apply the proper principle at the right time to navigate successfully.
Seek wisdom and everything else will be added unto you. What are you waiting for? Aren’t you tired of having life happen to you rather than making life happen? Laurie and I certainly were. We discovered Biblical principles applied to our lives and our business made all the difference. Perhaps its time replace your limiting beliefs with the truth so you can live the life you’ve always wanted.