Last week we mentioned three roadblocks that stop us from accomplishing our goals and I promised to delve a little deeper over these next 3 weeks! Well here we go! The three roadblocks were:
- Limiting beliefs: what we believe about ourselves and our abilities
- Ambiguity: unclear about the next step or even what we want to accomplish
- Memory loss: not placing markers in our lives that help us remember what we said we wanted to do
And this week we’re focusing on the solution for limiting beliefs. Limiting beliefs are thieves! They rob us of dreams and desires.
When there’s no vision, the people get out of control, but whoever obeys instruction is happy.Proverbs 29:18 CEB
Limiting beliefs block your vision and cause you to not even try to push past and gain the breakthrough you desire. What’s that goal you always struggle to accomplish? Stop for a second. Why haven’t you accomplished it yet? Wait! What was that first thought? And the second one? Those are limiting beliefs and they are straight up lies! You know someone who struggled with limiting beliefs? My man Moses! Have you ever read his story?? Let me give you a couple lines from the Bible about Moses and his struggles!
But Moses asked God “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and that I should bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”Exodus 3:11 CSB
But Moses said to the Lord, “O my Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor even now that you have spoken to your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.” Then the Lord said to him, “Who gives speech to mortals? Who makes them mute or deaf, seeing or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you are to speak.”Exodus 4:10-12 CSB
He suffered from limiting beliefs of identity and purpose. For 40 years he wandered in the desert because when he was in Egypt he wasn’t good enough and he got himself in trouble (you should read about it!). He wasn’t truly Egyptian because he was adopted by pharaoh’s daughter and he wasn’t really an Israelite because he didn’t suffer like they did as slaves. He was stuck between two cultures and didn’t know his identity. And then he also didn’t know his purpose. He didn’t trust his design. The Lord created his personality, his attitudes, his skills and when God came and showed him his “purpose” he told God he wasn’t good enough (Exodus 4:10-12). And this is after God told him what to do and say haha!
Purpose and Identity
You know, I believe we all struggle with a bit of that. Not really knowing how to work with how we’re wired. You want to know the solution to that?
SOLUTION: Live by Principle
Then the Lord answered me and sad; Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so that a runner may read it.”Habakkuk 2:2
Or in other words Live by Principle, the first step in the my TripleP Framework. Your principles are the why’s behind all you do. And when you take some time to think through your motivations and establish your purpose – your life principles – it makes it easier to accomplish the goals you set out for yourself. It combats those limiting beliefs. It’s gives you focus. It gives you vision for where you need to go. For instance, if you establish a life principle about your health that reads something like this: “To honor the temple of my body and be an example to others of that honor.” – then it makes it so much easier to say no to the third donut you’ve been eyeing or “yes” to that 6am workout.
If you establish your why then you can’t be swayed easily down a road you don’t want to travel. Now I’ve talked about establishing the why behind your goals but what if you established the why’s of your life? What if you had a principle to live by for each major area of life, or like Stephen Covey and I like to call (Life) Principles. In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Stephen Covey 10 different Principles to have a “why” behind. I simplified it to 6 major areas:
- Spiritual – How do you want to build up your spirit?
- Health- How do you want to treat your body?
- Intellect/Mind – How do you want to grow your mind? Your intellect?
- Family: What type of marriage, family life do you want to build (these can be broken up)
- Social- What type of social circle do you want to build?
- Finances- What do you want to see for your money?
I encourage you this week. Take some time and think about (and if are Christian, pray about) your why behind each of these areas in your life. I guarantee you, taking a moment to establish your why will begin to make you focus just a bit more on making the things you always dreamed about a reality. And if you want to work with me to establish your why and take a step further definitely book some time with me! I’d love to help you get more solid about your “why” and kill those limiting beliefs in your life!