In this series, we’ve discussed 10 common beliefs that may be holding you back from achieving—or even pursuing—your goals. Some of them are about tangible changes; others are about a matter of mindset. Some are hesitations based on the past; others are worries about the unknown. Some require garnering approval; others involve accepting yourself. Ultimately, they all point toward something you lack.
But here’s the good news: You don’t need these things.
I’ve divided these into three categories: The first 4 articles are about getting started. The next 2 involve decisions along your journey. And the final 4 deal with social expectations. Here’s the full list:
Taking your first steps
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” – Lao Tzu
- You Don’t Need to Change the World
- You Don’t Need to See the End
- You Don’t Need All the Pieces in Place
- You Don’t Need to Be the First
Continuing on your way
“What got you here won’t get you there.” – Marshall Goldsmith
Dealing with other people
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
- You Don’t Need to Fit the Label
- You Don’t Need to Check All the Boxes
- You Don’t Need Their Permission
- You Don’t Need Another Invitation
I encourage you to review the sections that resonate most with you. Perhaps you struggle with initiating a new project or habit. Or you’re often anxious about how you think others view you. Read the posts in those groups. Not every topic or example will be relevant, but I hope you find one that will hit home.
Lastly, there’s no shame in admitting our self-limiting beliefs. I had written most of these from personal experience. And I’ve spoken to many people who have wrestled with these issues too. So know that you’re not alone. Recognizing our assumptions is the first step to challenging and overcoming them.