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Who Do You Say YOU Are?

Self-Limiting Beliefs

Charles Schwab said “When a man puts a limit on what he will do, he places a limit on what he can do”.

In Proverbs 23:7..”As a man thinks, so he is.”

Many of us were perhaps born into families that were not the most nurturing, positive and available role models in our life. It has been said that as a child, for every 50 “Yes, you can!” responses, there were 150 “No, you can’t do that, or have that, or be that!” Sometimes, it was necessary for our protection, but far too often these messages were placed on our lives out of generations of poor decisions that created negative circumstances for our loved ones, and therefore these ideas are passed down to the next generation. It is no wonder that as we grow into adults, those self-limiting beliefs steer the trajectory of our lives. It is all we know.

But there is absolutely a way to break free from the mindset of limits toward becoming the person you have always wanted to be. More importantly, stepping into the purpose God has planned for you since you were born. As a matter of fact, His plans go even beyond your life here on earth. The Bible says, that before God even formed us, He knew us”. Jeremiah ( ). There is great potential for you. You are uniquely gifted, and have been born for a purpose beyond your wildest dreams! The question is “Who do you say you are? If you don’t believe you can, you won’t. I want to give you a few tips that I learned from John Maxwell from his book “The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth”. He says:

It is crucial that we take steps to transform our limiting beliefs into empowering beliefs.

  1. Identify a limiting belief that you want to change.

  2. Determine how that belief limits you.

  3. Decide how you want to act, feel, or think.

  4. Decide a “turn around” statement that affirms or gives you the permission to act, feel or think differently.

Finally, I believe strongly in the power of “self-talk”. If we want to transform our self-limiting beliefs, we MUST be mindful of what we are telling ourselves! Joyce Meyer says “think about what you’re thinking about!” The scriptures remind us to “Take every thought captive in obedience to Christ”. When we hear a lie or a negative statement about ourselves, we must identify that lie, and replace it with truth.

Take responsibility for your mind, your spirit and your emotional health. Surround yourself with people who speak life into you on a regular basis and do the same for others. The influence you will have will have an eternal impact and you will become a person of great value and one who will leave an imprint on people’s lives forever.

Doreen Jansson

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