I’ve been thinking about limiting beliefs lately. Limiting beliefs are those thoughts that we have that tell us things like “you can’t,” “you’re not good enough,” “nobody likes what you have to offer.”
No matter how successful a person is, they can still experience these limiting beliefs. I’m reading Amy Poehler’s book “Yes Please” and she describes this voice as “a demon voice… that sounds like a strangled version of your voice.” And that’s what these voices are, the negative self-doubt that comes from your story being strangled by external and internal influences.
I’m reminded of Pamela Parry’s Self Narrative video where she describes her life-long goal of being a singer. She was told that singers don’t “look like her” and after hearing this again and again, she gave up on her dream. It wasn’t until years later, as an expatriate English teacher in South Korea that she was told that she “was the best singer in Seoul.” This gave her the confidence to come back to the US and actively pursue her dream of being a singer. She learned to believe in herself and believe in her goals. She’s rewriting her story.
We can all rewrite our story. Believe in yourself. There’s nothing you can’t do.