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Using visualization to change limiting beliefs by Iain

It’s easy to overlook the power of limiting beliefs and spend years wondering why you can’t seem to move forward and make lasting changes in your life. Though you might have grand dreams of living a better life, limiting beliefs will keep prodding you to act in ways that are counterproductive to those dreams.

Everything you do (or don’t do) is based on an internal set of subconscious beliefs. In some situations these beliefs can be helpful, but they can also cause big problems by placing limitations where none really exist. For example, if you hold a subconscious belief that you don’t have what it takes to create a successful career, you’ll find yourself taking jobs that offer little opportunity for promotion or advancement – or even satisfaction. No matter how badly you want to experience more success in your career, you’ll continue to think and act in ways that make it impossible to do so.

Limiting beliefs can be difficult to change because we often don’t realize they exist! They reside in our subconscious minds and rarely make themselves known in obvious ways. Rather, we usually become aware of them when we decide to make changes in our lives and keep bumping up against invisible walls.

Visualization is one powerful tool that can be effective in changing limiting beliefs, because the process of visualization speaks directly to the subconscious mind and plants more empowering messages – which can override the limiting beliefs.

Before you enter into the visualization process, it’s a good idea to figure out what kind of limiting beliefs you suspect you may have. Asking yourself specific questions and writing down your answers can be an illuminating way to find out. Try questions like these for starters:

# Am I making as much money as I want? If not, why not?
# Do I love my career, or would I rather be doing something else?
# Am I happy with the size and state of my body? If not, why not?
# Am I happy with the things I’ve achieved in my life so far?
# What else would I like to achieve?
# Do I really believe I’m capable of doing these things?
# If not, why not?

As you write down your answers to these questions, you’ll likely notice some limiting beliefs popping up in response. For example, when you ask why you’re not yet making the amount of money you desire, your answer might be, “I’m earning as much as I can at my current job, and there are no other prospects for me to get a better job right now.” As much as that might appear to be true, it’s a limiting belief! In other words, you THINK it’s true, but it’s simply your perception.

Once you’ve identified a limiting belief, write it down like these examples:

# I don’t believe I can make more money than I do now.
# I don’t believe I deserve a healthy, loving relationship.
# I don’t believe I can have a better career than I do now.
# I don’t believe I will ever be able to lose weight.

Once you’ve got a list of limiting beliefs, perform a visualization exercise daily and imagine that the opposite is true. For example, call up mental images of yourself receiving a great new job, or stumbling upon unexpected opportunities to boost your income in other ways. Be sure to actually move yourself into the feelings of these visions as if you were really experiencing them rather than just “seeing” them in your mind.

It will take time and consistent effort to change your belief in what is possible, but the more you focus on consciously believing in the possibilities, the more you’ll begin to let go of your inner limitations and open to better circumstances. Even better, the greatest part about this process is that you don’t need to know “how” something is possible – you just need to be willing to believe it is, and that is often enough to attract new opportunities that will change everything.

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10 Responses to “Using visualization to change limiting beliefs by Iain”

  1. Nigel says:

    I found this article very good. In this present credit crunch my own limiting beliefs are being thrown up on a daily basis.

    I am fed up with watching others achieve what they want in life while I lurch from one crisis to another.

    It is time to visualise my way to a better life and rid myself of these limiting beliefs.

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  3. Mohamed Farook says:

    Our limiting belief will try to stop us from Visualizing. For example if you think you does not deserve to be rich, than the limiting belief will stop you from visualizing yourself being rich .You will always forget to visualize or always’ too busy’ to visualize. The trick is to set a fixed time everyday for at least 5 minutes or more every day for visualization. Make sure when this time arrive, however busy you are, nothing can stop you from visualizing. Very soon you will see tremendous change in your life.Mohamed farook

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  4. Cris says:

    What if one is not able to visualize? How do you do it? I close my eyes, and…nothing. Just blackness. I’ve tried so many offered techniques to try and turn on this ability, but to no avail, including trying to turn on chakras.

    Limiting belief? Can’t visualize. Well, I wasn’t able to visualize even before I came up with this belief. I came up with this belief as a statement of what’s been happening my whole life. So, the event, or lack of one, preceded the limiting belief, which I’m sure doesn’t help. But knowing doesn’t help the original problem before I came up with the limiting belief.

    Thanks.

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  5. AdminCyndi says:

    The confusion may be in the terminology – so many people believe that visualization requires seeing pictures – not true…

    Let me ask you – do you ever worry about what will happen if you don’t have the money to pay this months rent/mortgage? For that matter – do you every worry about anything?

    All worry involves an anticipation of a future event – and the only way to connect with a future event is through some type of visualization – therefore – if you ever worry then you visualize.

    Sooooo….

    Next time you are worrying pay attention to how it comes to you – is it in pictures, words, feelings? Whatever it is – it is a clue to how you personally visualize – you can then take that knowledge – and use it to create the visualizations of what it is you want to create in your life

    Cool – right?

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  6. A good hypnosis session with a good hypnotherapist can help to work with visualization, relaxation and help in the process of getting the subconscious in alignment with your conscious to release the blocks that are stopping you from realizing your full potential. I work with myself and others to fulfill this task everyday in my practice.

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  7. Victor says:

    I have always had problems with visualization. Like Chris said, “I close my eyes, and…nothing. Just blackness.” Like right now I am living in a motel and I am starting to worry about how I am going to come up with next weeks rent. My job isn’t calling me for work, my money is about to run out, etc. So, what can I do in this situation? How can I visualize getting enough money to pay for next weeks rent? Or maybe finding someone who will allow me to live with them until I get back on my feet? Thanks

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  8. dee says:

    There is a secret. It is to get into alignment with the Universe…to realize the wonder of it all and to want to be part of it. When you begin to know that you are divinely created and that there “is a thing you are to do that no one else can do,” and when in your heart you want to be used and to let the powers flow through you into what you do…doors will begin to open where there were no doors. Follow your heart and you may have to go through some scary things with FAITH and that means knowing that God, whatever you deem it to be, is leading you to where you can be an instrument for the good of all mankind. I’ve been desperate and seen miracles WHEN YOU ALIGN WITH GOODNESS AND THE DIVINE PLAN for truth and love and light and goodness. Ask for help in your city, county when you are hungry. volunteer for organizations who just need another pair of hands. When your intention is to be a force of goodness in the world, your world will help you. Life really is magic. Keep faith in yourself…life and the world needs you.

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  9. Ronald Mikell says:

    VISUALIZE – See with the minds eye. You must see your goal in your minds eye. You will not hit a target you cannot see or imagine. At the house you live in, count the number of doors you have. Right away, your imagination goes to work counting doors. It is just that simple to use your imagination (practice.) You will reach only the goal you can see and imagine.

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