A restored soul is a prosperous soul. I want to explore the meaning of this statement here.
Moira is the first of 5 children. She was born when the parents were both students. It was obvious that she was planned for. She grew up timid, never wanting to venture into anything new. ‘Moira, can you take over the project for us’, asks her manager. ‘I don’t feel up to it ‘, she replied. She has all the qualifications and ability necessary for the project but she’s always putting herself down. Our mind collects evidences supporting our current belief. Our perception of reality informs our behaviour. Life never promises to be fair all the time. We can with the help of the Creator change our circumstances by changing our beliefs.
Self Limiting beliefs are exactly what they are called – ‘limiting’. They are thoughts we have treasured because they keep us safe within our comfort zone. We always live a life of caution. Being cautious is necessary in life but can also be a problem as the root could be fear. They may be thoughts about ourselves, others or the world around us. They have been formed through experience, education, fear, irrational logic, excuse.
Examples are :’I can’t take that much risk‘. ‘I don’t have what it takes‘, ‘I am too old‘, ‘I am not ready‘, ‘I don’t have the required skills‘, are just some the things we tell ourselves in order to keep locked in and not venture out.
It is important to distinguish between these beliefs and real weakness or lack of knowledge. I may not have some skills required because I have not learnt them. I cannot perform surgery as I have not studied medicine. Self limiting belief is ‘I cannot learn medicine or can’t ever be doctor’. We should be able to differentiate between these.
So , how do I get rid of these ‘self-limiting beliefs:
- Accept that you have them
- Identify them
- Find the source
- Refuse to blame others
- Plan to acquire new skills
- Visualise a new you. ‘As a man thinketh so is he‘ proverbs 23:6
- Repeat scriptures to yourself or make your own affirmations
It is important to note that these beliefs have been in existence for long and will not disappear overnight. It requires consistency but is is possible to get it of them. Our fellowship with our creator should restore our image and personality. ‘He wishes that we prosper as our soul prospers‘. He promises to restore your soul. Let’s thank Him for the promise. Your will be done in my life.