External limit or limiting belief? Know your limits
I outlined in a previous post what limiting beliefs are, but one thing can really trip people up when they’re working out what their limiting beliefs are. Do I have limiting beliefs, or do I have an external limit halting my progress?
It may have crossed your mind that some of your limiting beliefs are out of your control because they relate to external factors such as race, money, disability, class, gender, sexuality, background and more.
You would be right in thinking that a massive chunk of these things are out of our control. The difference between a limiting belief and an external one is how you see them in your mind.
Here’s a couple of examples:
“I can’t work for X digital agency because it’s a male-dominated environment.”
This is a limiting belief. Especially if you actually want the job. The fact that it’s a male-dominated environment shouldn’t be the factor that stops you from doing the job you want. Even if the reality is hard.
So how about this:
“I can’t keep working at X digital agency because my boss won’t pay me the same as my male counterparts.”
This is an external limit. Although you may be able to do something about it, generally the limit is further from your control. It’s not something you can overcome in your head and is in the hands of somebody else.
This post is short, but I want to touch on something else.
I don’t want you to accept external limits, they too can be overcome. They so much more work than a limiting belief because you’re not just changing your mind, you’re changing the minds of others too.
In the words of Laverne Cox:
You now have the knowledge to pursue your Limiting Beliefs and even your external limits. So, find out how to crush your limiting beliefs in 5 minutes here.