In honor of spring cleaning, it’s time to start our minds off on a clean slate. I’m talking about clearing out all self-limiting beliefs in 2017. Got any resolutions you sort-of abandoned after January? Anything you’ve been meaning to do but always
had an excuse for why you couldn’t? Now’s the time to accomplish it! *Cracks Knuckles* Let’s do this!
A self limiting belief is a thought or belief that places a confine on our life and our abilities. They are can’t statements, don’t declarations, and in short, they’re limiting us.
This topic was brought to my attention by an artist named Phil Hansen. In a talk, he shared how developing a hand tremor in the middle of art school changed his entire life’s perspective. He dropped out of art school and quit art altogether until he came to realize the difference between his limitation, his shaky hand, and his self-limiting belief: he could no longer be an artist. His limitation was a catalyst for creativity and by embracing it, he was able to create his best works of art.
This got me thinking: were any of my limitations really limitations at all or were they self-limiting beliefs
I placed on myself? For instance, just last night I thought, “I can’t publish this post because it’s not good enough.” Then I realized I was doing it! It was so much easier to dismiss the belief once I became aware of it. As a result, I told myself to hit “Publish.” If I wait for things to be perfect, I’ll be waiting forever which is exactly the cycle this post aims to break.
Here’s a list of three things I think can help our spring cleaning journeys:
1. Make a Promise
Make a promise to detach yourself from any negative thoughts and counter-productive behavior or language that you direct to yourself. Remember, it’s not too late to start fresh and it’s not impossible.
2. Analyze Your Approach
Are you approaching your limitation in the most effective way? Is there another approach you haven’t yet considered? For Phil, to combat his shaky hand, he used a bigger canvases and bigger tools. Like hamburger grease to create the Mona Lisa, or Starbucks cups to create a portrait. In my case, I’m realizing that using my previous University tactic of cranking out everything Sunday night doesn’t translate well out of school. It’s time for me to be an adult™ and invest in a planner *sigh*.
3. Create a Plan
If you’re like me, you may need to create a plan of action to tackle some things. Does that plan involve getting organized? There’s an app for that! Or maybe it means implementing a personal mantra: here’s a few to get started. Need an accountability partner? Find one! Or use this group instead.
Let’s grab what we want, be who we want to be, and pursue whatever it is we’re setting our mind to. No more limits on yourself or your identity. Who knows, it just might become a habit.
Happy Spring Cleaning!