"You begin to fly when you let go of self-limiting beliefs and allow your mind and aspirations to rise to greater heights" - Brian Tracy
We don’t reach our potential if we’re unable or unwilling to let go of our limiting beliefs. This is often the difference between the people who continue to learn and evolve versus those who don’t. Mindset can be just as important as ability.
I’ve experienced how damaging limiting beliefs are myself. In 2006 I had an international job where I was responsible for a business division across South East Asia. It was a role I had aspired to but my limiting beliefs ended up being counterproductive to what I was trying to achieve. I was convinced the excessive hours I was clocking up each week were necessary for me to be successful. Essentially, I was working hard but I had lost sight of working smarter. My self-destructive mindset around workload led me to burnout. Imagine how different my world would have been if I changed my focus from hours to productivity?
With productivity, it’s the limiting beliefs or convenient excuses that reduce the possibility of achieving outcomes in less time. Five common productivity related limiting beliefs are:
Belief – That won’t work here
Reality – You won’t really know until you’ve tried it thoroughly
Belief – I’ve got too much to do
Reality – Is there a rhythm established based on the key important activities that drive success or does poor planning and scheduling cause you to focus too much on the wrong things?
Belief – I can’t do my work due to too many interruptions
Reality – Proactive steps haven’t been taken to manage interruptions
Belief – I don’t have a problem with productivity
Reality – Have you integrated work within your life in such a way that you’re able to achieve your goals at work while pursuing your passions outside of work? Or do you feel too exhausted to reach your potential?
Belief – I’m efficient, therefore I’m productive
Reality – Being efficient isn’t the same as being productive. Efficiency equals speed whereas productivity equals outcomes
In order to maximise our potential, we need to let go of the limiting beliefs that are holding us back. Be open to new ways and be expert at taking the action that matters most. If you’re unable to do this yourself then consider getting help from a coach or a mentor to support your transition from limited to limitless.