Self-Limiting Thoughts Can Trigger Inaction

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Let me ask you this, do you truly understand the power of self-limiting thoughts? Have you ever accomplished a goal, had a personal, professional or financial success, or received an award or recognition and then felt unmotivated or too tired to keep going forward? Have you “thought” yourself out of success?

Here is a definition: Self-limiting thoughts are any negative or self-denigrating thoughts and/or self-talk that can impact how you think about and act upon your ability to succeed and thrive personally, professionally and financially.

Success is a choice.
You have the power to enhance your ability to achieve and thrive or, you can choose to undermine and limit your ability to succeed. How positively or negatively you think about yourself and your abilities can determine whether you succeed or fail. You can decide to become your most encouraging cheerleader or your harshest critic – truly, it is your choice!

Here is how self-limiting thoughts can trigger inaction: If you are not totally comfortable with success, especially your success, you can begin to unconsciously doubt whether you are truly worthy and deserving of the rewards of success. This self-doubt and self-limiting reaction can stop you from taking any new positive action.

If you are not totally comfortable with your successes, rewards and recognition – you will unconsciously make sure you don’t succeed to that level of success again. The more uncomfortable success becomes, the more you begin “thinking” and talking yourself out of future successes. In other words, you stop doing those things that helped you achieve success in the first place.

I know it doesn’t seem logical but the mind will do whatever it takes to keep you comfortable. If your unconscious mind perceives success as uncomfortable, then your mind will try to keep you more “comfortable” by doing things like making you tired, unhappy or doubtful.

Try this activity: The next time you receive a compliment take a good look at how you react to it. Did you react positively or did you feel uncomfortable or embarrassed? What thoughts were going through your mind? What were you saying to yourself about the compliment? Remember too – your inner thoughts and self-talk create your outer actions and reactions to everyday situations. Did your “thoughts” react positively or negatively to the compliment?

The good news: You have the power to change what isn’t working in your life into thoughts and actions that are more positive, productive and empowering. You have the power to choose success. What have you been choosing success lately? Have you been enthusiastically “thinking” yourself to greater personal and professional success?

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  1. Posted 03/08/2011 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

    This is great food for thought, Sharon. It seems like the issue behind not feeling comfortable with success is self-esteem. So if a person takes your test and reacts with embarrassment, it may be time to do some self-esteem raising.

  2. sharonmichaels
    Posted 03/11/2011 at 7:16 am | Permalink

    I agree totally! Thank you for the comments.
    ~ Sharon