So, we all have beliefs about work, life and ourselves that we brought with us from our earlier years. Through our experiences as well as what people told us, we now look at and embrace life in a certain manner. Maybe your parents told you you weren't smart enough. Maybe growing up in a large family you didn't feel your opinion mattered. These beliefs are limiting in that they are still holding you back from moving forward in your life. On the flip side, maybe your parents made you feel smart and that you could accomplish anything you set your mind to. Or you saw a strong work ethic that is now instilled in you today. These beliefs are enabling in that they enable you to be your best. The problem arises when you allow past limiting beliefs to guide your present and future decisions. These negative beliefs stay with you and you remain stuck in the past. You do however have the choice to create new supportive beliefs, leaving the past where it belongs, in the past. Acknowledge that what you were taught you had no control over, but you DO have control over your mind and belief system today.


1. List past beliefs

What did you grow up believing about work, relationships and yourself? Take some paper out and jot down everything you believe about the above areas of your life. Next to these beliefs write down if they are enabling you or limiting you. Highlight the beliefs that are still limiting you from completely moving forward in your life. For example if the thought "I am unattractive" continues to pop up in your mind, you are unlikely to walk around confident. This lack of confidence will not allow you to be your best.

2. Create new beliefs

Next to the limiting beliefs write down a more positive belief you would like to create for yourself. For example, one of your limiting beliefs is that you are unattractive and unappealing to the opposite sex. Next to that you can write "I am attractive inside and out, attracting many positive people into my life"

3. Practice makes perfect

Several times a day repeat the positive enabling beliefs you created for yourself. Your thoughts truly become your reality. Focus on the new beliefs until you begin to believe them yourself. The art of stating them to yourself creates a new belief while replacing the old limiting ones. If you focus on the negatives, you will continue to attract that to yourself. Bury the old and create some new more uplifting belief

Author's Bio: 

Leslie Gail is a Certified Coach and owner of New Life Focus coaching. Leslie supports people in achieving personal and professional success without compromising their values. Contact Leslie directly at or call (866) 779-0731 for a FREE coaching consult.