LIMITING BELIEFS NLP 2020 In NLP a Limiting Belief is a Belief or decision we make about ourselves and/or our model of the world that limit the way we live. That limiting belief will be inside the system within our internal world, therefore, shaping our responses to the external world and opportunities around us.

“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on telling myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end up by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning”. – Mahatma Gandhi

So, that means a belief can either empower you or disempower you. A belief is the existence of some thoughts in your mind, which has no evidence to be true but you accept them with great faith.

If any of your beliefs are limiting your growth or holding you back from making the right choices, or holding you back from seeing opportunities, or keeps you stuck focusing on negative aspects, then, believe me, it’s time to spot on that limiting belief. You may possess multiple beliefs but do not let your beliefs possess you.

Where do these limiting beliefs come from? : LIMITING BELIEFS NLP 2020


Many places, including family members, teachers, friends, coaches, neighbors, media, society, culture, etc……they are actually formed with repeated thoughts and are mostly created in childhood from interactions with people around.

As you think back to your earliest childhood memories, you may remember how fearless and curious you were all the time. In fact, this curiosity might have taken you to places where you would not dare to go now. That is because as you began to age, you were introduced to an unending list of rules as to what you should say, how you should behave, and so on. This likely resulted in you, limiting yourself and maybe even today you are not aware of your full potential. Rules are definitely important but those which hold you back to live your life to the fullest needs to be knocked down.

So, let’s take a look at some common limiting beliefs: LIMITING BELIEFS NLP 2020

common limiting beliefs
  • I am not worthy
  • I am not ____________ enough (pretty/smart/fit/rich/tall)
  • I don’t deserve it
  • I don’t trust myself
  • I can’t handle it

NLP techniques can help you to change your limiting beliefs. How? : LIMITING BELIEFS: NLP 2020

Write down all your limiting beliefs on a paper that disempower you and work on it one at a time. Decide right now, once and for all, that you are no longer paying the price these beliefs are charging your life. And ask yourself the following questions that will help you empower and change your belief;

  • How is this belief ridiculous or absurd?
  • Was the person I learned this belief from worth modeling in this area?
  • What will it ultimately cost me in my relationships if I don’t let go of this belief?
  • What will ultimately cost me emotionally if I don’t let go of this belief?
  • What will it ultimately cost me physically if I don’t let go of this belief?
  • What will ultimately cost me financially if I don’t let go of this belief?
  • What will it ultimately cost my family/loved ones if I don’t let go of this belief?

The day you begin to doubt your negative beliefs and question their validity, you can then change your limiting beliefs. Happy Reframing Minds.

Snehal, NLP practitioner for Mental Wellness  


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10 thoughts on “LIMITING BELIEFS NLP 2020”

  1. Yet another quality sharing.

    In Mngt we say, converting your Weaknesses into Strengths, one need to focus on self belief, Positive Thoughts & quick Action.

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