How to Deal With Self-Sabotaging Beliefs
Self-sabotaging beliefs are insidious thoughts telling you---you’re not good enough, can’t do it, or are not worthy of success. These thoughts manifest themselves in various ways, such as procrastination, self-doubt, and/or perfectionism.
Let’s explore what self-sabotaging beliefs are; how to identify them in yourself, and how to deal with them when they pop up.
We’ll also suggest some prevention techniques so these beliefs don’t sabotage your life and prevent long-term progression.
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What are Self-Sabotaging Beliefs, and how do they manifest themselves?
Self-sabotaging beliefs are negative thoughts you portray to yourself. The, “I’m not good enough, I can’t do it, I’m not worthy of a good life or happiness.” The, “I’m a fraud, and everyone will know soon enough” thoughts.
They may manifest themselves in not so obvious ways, such as procrastination, self-hate, and obsessive-compulsive behavior. If you’re looking to understand how stuck energy can help with your mindset, look no further than Heal. Pain and Stress Relief Center in Central Florida.
These beliefs can be harmful when they prevent you from taking risks and moving forward in life.
Examples of self-sabotage may look like:
Staying in a job you hate because you don’t believe you’re good enough to get a better one.
Not showing your art to anyone or not allowing it to be shown for fear of no one liking it.
Not singing in front of anyone because someone once told you they didn’t like your voice.
You might not start your own business from fear of failing. Telling yourself you are not worthy of a better life. Not believing you deserve success.
Self-sabotaging beliefs usually start from negative self-talk. The little voice in your head saying you aren’t good enough, that you can’t do it, or that you’re not worthy of what you desire.
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The first step in dealing with Self-Sabotaging Beliefs
is recognizing them.
Pay attention to negative self-talk. What things do you tell yourself regularly? Do you put yourself down frequently? Do you tell yourself you aren’t good enough or can’t do something?
Identify your patterns of behavior. Do you procrastinate regularly? Do you find yourself not taking risks because you’re afraid of failure? Do you avoid trying new things because you think you’ll look silly?
Notice how you feel. Do you frequently feel unworthy? Does success elude you even when you’ve achieved it? If any of these are familiar, then it’s likely you have some self-sabotaging beliefs.
Recognize these beliefs when they’re holding you back from living your best life is an important step in healing yourself from this behavior.
Don’t let these thoughts prevent you from taking risks, and taking control of your life.
Techniques to help rid yourself of Self-Sabotaging Beliefs:
Realize your negative self-talk and challenge it. When you catch yourself thinking or saying something negative, stop and ask yourself if it’s true. Chances are, it’s not.
When you tell yourself you’re not good enough, ask yourself why you believe that? What evidence do you have to support this belief? Chances are, you’ll find there isn't one.
Reframe your self-sabotaging beliefs. For example, when you tell yourself you’re not good enough, reframe it as “I’m doing my best, and that’s good enough.”
If you tell yourself you can’t do it, reframe it as “I can try, and if I fail, I’ll learn from it.”
Use affirmations to counter self-sabotaging beliefs. For example, tell yourself, “I am worthy of success,” “I can achieve my goals,” or “I am loved. Train your mind to focus on positive thoughts instead of negative ones by using affirmations. Thoughts become things, make sure you're choosing what you consume.
Take action despite your self-sabotaging beliefs. For example, if you want to start your own business but are afraid of failing, take small steps towards your goal. Baby steps are still forward steps, keep going. Start by researching businesses in your field or networking with people who have started their own businesses.
By taking action, you’re proving to yourself your self-sabotaging beliefs are wrong.
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Preventing these beliefs from sabotaging your life in the first place:
The best way to prevent self-sabotaging beliefs from taking over your life is to develop a healthy mindset. A healthy mindset focuses on growth, not perfection. It’s important to recognize we all make mistakes, and understand failure is a part of life. Instead of looking for a way to fail, look instead for a way to learn. Don't beat yourself up over mistakes, learn from them and move on.
Another way to develop a healthy mindset is practicing self-compassion. It means being kind and understanding--towards yourself, especially when you make mistakes. It also means recognizing we all have flaws, and we are doing our best with the tools we know.
Finally, it’s important to surround yourself with positive people. They will help you see the good in yourself. They’ll help keep you motivated and focused on your goals. Birds of a feather do flock together, keep a close circle of like minded, positive, motivated people in your corner.
Self-sabotaging beliefs can hold you back from living your best life. Once identified, these beliefs can change by implementing techniques like; challenging your negative self-talk, reframing your beliefs, and affirmations.
By developing a healthy mindset and surrounding yourself with positive people, you can prevent these beliefs from taking over your life.
You are on your way to living a more fulfilling and successful life.
You can do this.
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