4 Steps for Turning Limiting Beliefs Into Empowering Beliefs

Alex Hamm April 6, 2014 0
4 Steps for Turning Limiting Beliefs Into Empowering Beliefs

I was recently flipping through one of my John C. Maxwell books, The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth, and I ran across an excerpt from Jack Canfield. Canfield, famous for his Chicken Soup for the Soul work, has a 4 step process for transforming beliefs that are holding you back from success and turning them into powerful beliefs that give you confidence and motivation to make your dreams come true.

I feel this is important because we all have toxic beliefs about ourselves that take shots at our confidence, and the more we can tilt those beliefs to a more positive light, the more we can accomplish.


Here is Jack Canfield’s 4 step process for turning a limiting belief into an empowering belief:

1. Identify the belief that you want to change.

Before you can start transforming your limiting, negative beliefs into powerful, positive beliefs, the first step is to identify the negative belief. Clearly determine what the belief is.  What do you want to do, but feel you can’t?

For example, for the purpose of this article, let’s use the example of wanting to learn how to play guitar. Perhaps you are in a band and your band mates are insisting that your group needs another guitarist. You’ve always wanted to play guitar, but feel that it would be too hard to learn, and it’s just not your thing (you’re more of a drummer). You’re confidence in your ability to learn guitar is very low. This would be considered a limiting belief…

Pick a limiting belief that applies to your life.

2. Determine how that belief limits you.

Next, outline exactly how this belief limits you. What is it stopping you from doing/accomplishing? Think of all the possibilities and opportunities that would open up if you were to accomplish whatever you don’t believe you can.

If you learned to play guitar, your band would have an extra guitarist along with their drummer, and the variety of songs you guys could play would greatly increase. The possibility of getting signed by a record label would be much higher because of the types of songs your group could produce.

What is your limiting belief holding you back from?

3. Decide how  you want to be, act, or feel.

Then describe what it would be like if you were able to accomplish your goal. How would you feel? What would it enable you to do with your life or career?

With the guitar example, how would it make you feel if you learned to play guitar and what would it enable your band to do?

Decide this for yourself. Write it down if you have to.

4. Create a turnaround statement that that gives you permission to be, act, or feel this way.

Then, create a turnaround statement that affirms your ability to learn guitar, outlines the realistic process you will use to learn it, and describes how you will be impacted by this growth. Write it down and look at it closely every day, for it will soon be engrained in your mind as a subconscious belief.

This is a powerful process and if done right, can turn any limiting belief into an empowering belief that will allow you to accomplish things you never thought possible.

“Remember, in the end, it isn’t what you are that holds you back, it’s what you think you’re not.”

-John C. Maxwell


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