Think back to your schooldays. How many things did you do
poorly or drop out of because you believed that you couldn’t do
them? Did your teachers, parents or peers reinforce or help you
to create any limiting beliefs? Take a few moments to think of all
the things that you could have been doing now if you hadn’t
carried those limiting beliefs to the present day.
At work, how many people are being held back by the limiting
beliefs of their managers? In our workshops, we find an astonish-
ingly high number of people who have had this experience.
Many managers don’t delegate, encourage, stretch or even
recognise superb performance in their people. One reason for
this is their belief in their own capability as managers and
another is their beliefs about the capabilities of others. Helping
teams to develop positive beliefs and
values about colleagues can dramati-
cally change attitudes, which quickly
cascade through the company, with
subsequent improvement in per-
formance. If you can identify and
change a limiting belief, you can
make huge strides forward.
A single belief represents just a small part of the kaleidoscope
pattern and is often itself part of a cluster of similar beliefs. In the
extreme, a cluster of limiting beliefs can lead into a whole host of
unpleasant areas, including phobias, blaming others, anger and
low self-esteem. Being in control of your own kaleidoscope,
therefore, is key to your success. The simple demonstration in
our brilliant example created awareness for the daughter that
completely changed her beliefs about what coordination means.
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coordinated. Imagine being continually told that you are uncoordinated.
What kind of limitation would that put on you? How long is the list of
activities that you would go out of your way to avoid?
if you can identify and
change a limiting
belief, you can make
huge strides forward
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