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I once worked with a life-coaching client who came to me and expressed interest in leaving her corporate career to be a professional musician. She had released an independent album and lost money on the venture, and she interpreted that to mean that unless you're Lady Gaga, you can’t make money as a musician. This may be true for many people, but it is also a belief and thought pattern that limited her.
Our beliefs are shaped by culture, parents, habits, etc. But limiting beliefs produce the results we don’t want. As long as you keep believing the belief, you will stay in the same place — dissatisfied.
If you want things to change, you have to change your beliefs about the ability for things to change.
I worked with my client to build a new belief system that aligned with her own truth instead of listening to the world’s view that musicians don’t make good money. She started to train her brain to think about the positive aspects of her passion. She repeated the mantra, “I make a great living doing what I love,” and that positive mindset appeared to be connected with more financial abundance. Today she is working on her next album, has signed with a major record label, and is getting ready for a national tour.
We attract that which we focus on. If you're focusing on what is not possible, you'll always be stuck. Here are 10 limiting beliefs that hold you back and how to bust through them: