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Are Your Decisions Limiting You? Part 1
How many times have you heard people say, “ I would have been....” “I should have been.....” “I could have been if it wasn’t for X" (you can fill in the blank here!)
People frequently make decisions about what they can and can’t do based on what they believe. That’s all well and good when their beliefs are resourceful and empowering. But when their belief is the opposite of that, then that’s when people fail to reach their full potential.
I’m sure you’ve heard the story of Richard Bannister and the 4 minute mile. Before he ran the mile in under 4 minutes, it was a commonly held belief that it was IMPOSSIBLE. Then when Bannister succeeded people’s beliefs changed because now it was possible. A single event caused a shift in mindset as to what was possible, what could be achieved.
That of course isn’t the only example of how limitations only exist if you believe in them. I think it was Henry Ford who is famously quoted as saying, “If you think you can or you think you can’t, either way you are right.” And that’s true because of the power of our minds. Your mind can seem to overcome “real” limitations and your mind can also create a limitation which is false.
In NLP and Time Line Therapy™ you learn about limiting decisions (ie deciding to hold a belief that limits us; consciously or unconsciously) can have a profound effect on how you run your life. Limiting decisions will literally stop you from achieving the results that you want and that can be in any area of life – your business/career, your relationship, your family, in terms of your health to name but a few.
There have been lots of studies in the last 20 years that have shown that how an individual perceives, how he/she feels emotionally in a given situation and how that individual performs is directly related to what they believe.
Check out Part 2 of this resourceful article here.
"Argue for your limitations, and sure enough they're yours." —Richard Bach