One of those days!
It’s such a busy season for us all. Not only the Christmas holidays, but winding up another year and preparing for the next. So without much ado, I dug into the AWI archives to find a message that was important in years past and still has relevance for today!
As I think about the reason for the season of Christmas and the reason Jesus Christ came to earth; I realize the importance of learning to let go. As Scripture tells us, if He who hung on a cross for us can forgive; it’s behooves us to do so as well. Yet doing so is exceedingly difficult. I have to come to believe that it is a life-long process. So hopefully the following post will be helpful to you in starting the process. And thank you for leaving a comment or two about how the post impacts you in this season and those to come. . .
Life’s Difficult Demands. . .
“Letting Go of Limiting Beliefs” is what the article headline says! Well my immediate thought was “good luck!”
Don’t get me wrong – I’m all for letting go of something that will mentally keep us from achieving our most desired outcomes! But as a “recovering therapist”, I know how difficult the actual “letting go” can be. I recall my own days “on the couch” as they used to say when I was in school & training; and the counselor would instruct me to do something.that sounded easy. Trust me – it NEVER was!
Most of us have grown up with some beliefs (“old scripts”) that limit our ability to overcome obstacles; enjoy daily self-confidence or simply “go for the gold” without fear, doubt or trepidation! But simply telling ourselves or others to “LET GO” won’t cut it. One can’t snap our fingers and the ‘limiting’ beliefs magically disappear.
Some Thoughts On the Matter!
As I think about letting go, some things come to mind that may be helpful to us in working through the process. And remember, EVERYTHING is a process! So don’t expect it to occur in a flash – unless of course there’s divine intervention into the process. When we ask for divine intervention; we can, in faith expect to receive it.
My thoughts. . .
1). Admit that we have some beliefs that limit the achievement of all we desire (operative word “admit”),
2). Try to identify from whence they came (the source of the beliefs.) There’s a specific reason for attempting to identify the source*
3). Write the beliefs in your journal or on a notepad (operative word “write”)
4). If you’ve identified the source – write that next to the belief in a column headed “Source”
5). On a scale from 1 – 5 (1=not at all; 5=absolutely); determine how much you desire to let go of the limiting belief & write that next to each limiting belief
6). Record how the limiting belief is impacting your life – your achievements & accomplishments
7). Determine a simple action you can take daily to begin the process of “letting go”
8). DO IT. . . each day DO the “simple action” YOU determined to take**
The Reason Why!
*Here’s the reason for seeking the identification of the source of the limiting belief. If it is connected to a person in your past; it’s highly possible you haven’t forgiven the person for whatever it is he/she said or did. When we hold onto bitterness, spite or unforgiveness, it comes back to “bite us in the back section”. So if forgiveness appears necessary – let that be one of the actions you take daily.
And YES, even forgiveness is a process!
**YOU set forth the action you’ll take – no one does it for you or told you to do this or that. I learned that truth early on when working with women who needed to let go of loads of limiting ‘stuff’. If I gave them a task; it was far less impacting than when they chose the daily task themselves. . .
So, I buy into Let Go Of Limiting Beliefs. What I won’t buy is that simply saying the words is all it takes!
Truth is, you don’t have to do it alone! I guarantee that in the AWI corner of the world; if you choose to enter into the process, you’ll have all the support you need to work it through.
After all, the accomplishment begins with the 1st step.
Have an awesome day affirming your decision to begin. . .
Linda S. Fitzgerald, M.S.Ed, CEO & Visionary Partner
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