There are many ways in which we might be self-sabotaging ourselves without realizing it. These can be referred to as the spiritual limitations one set for themselves based on their limited beliefs. One of these is when people have a negative mindset, and this can block their success. To avoid being one of those people, see how you could be unknowingly doing so right now. Here are some spiritual limitations that will hold you back, and the solutions to break them down.
1. Fear of Being Vulnerable
Fear of vulnerability means that we are afraid to tell someone how we feel because we do not know the outcome or their reaction. This can be due to many different reasons, such as not wanting to get hurt, rejected, or judged for what you say.
2. Fear of Change
Ever been in a situation where you feel comfortable and familiar with what you’re doing, but deep inside you know it’s not what you want? Fear of change can be a big deal when making decisions about your life. Half of the fear is knowing that something different might happen, which would mean leaving your comfort zone.
Deciding to transition into something different means that you’re strong enough and determined enough to do it. It will allow you to explore new paths, meet new people, and learn more about yourself in the process. Do you know what stage of change you are in currently? Check out our article to determine it here.
3. Fear of Taking Risks
Similar to fear of change is fear of taking risks. These actions may take you out of your comfort zone and could potentially challenge you. You may even begin to challenge yourself, which can be a good thing! But this all depends on how much you want it.
Not wanting anything to do with risk means that you’d rather stay in your comfort zone as opposed to trying something new or different that might bring positive outcomes. You may want to ask yourself what price you are willing to pay for this comfort zone?
4. Fear of Failure
A lot of people can be afraid of failing at something, which prevents them from trying at all. This fear comes with not believing that you’re good enough or smart enough because you’ve never tried it before. The solution is to overcome this fear by trying!
It takes a lot of courage and determination to face your fears, but you already proved to yourself that you can do it. So why not try again? If you fail this time, at least you know what doesn’t work for you and how to fix it next time.
5. Fear of the Unknown
Here, we’re referring to not knowing what’s going to happen if you do something. For instance, this could be a fear of leaving a job and starting a business because you don’t know how it will go or how much money you’ll make from it. You have a plan but it is a completely unknown outcome as you have never done it before. The other side is knowing what it feels like to have a stable job, so you don’t know if it’s worth the risk of leaving the comfort for your own business.
There are always two sides to the coin. Both sides have their pros and cons. If you stay in the known comfort zone, you forfeit the chance to heal, grow, and create. If you move through the discomfort, you may find many hardships and challenges to face. Seeing where the true potential lies in terms of wellness benefits is important. Look at factors such as mental health, peace of mind, financial, social, working environment, etc. If you’re not sure which way to move, go back and forth between the two as you learn which path resonates with you best.
It’s perfectly normal to procrastinate at one point or another in life, but it becomes a problem when you’re putting things off for too long. This is because many people do not know their true potential and have limiting beliefs about what they can and cannot accomplish.
For example, someone who is afraid of public speaking might say to themselves: “I’m not good at this so why even try?”. This mindset traps them in a vicious cycle of limiting beliefs that prevents them from growing, learning, and moving towards the direction that truly resonates with the individual.
7. Fear of Being Judged
Ever been afraid to say something because you’re ashamed or embarrassed about it? This is a result of fear, and mostly comes from the idea that someone else will judge you for your actions. It could even be coming from the inner belief that other people don’t like you, are better than you, or other destructive assumptions.
These are limiting beliefs and it’s important to address them. Not everyone will think the same way. Everyone’s perspective is different and subjective to the individual. In fact, most people won’t even remember what you’ve said or done because they’re busy thinking about themselves.
Today’s challenge: Try saying something you have wanted to say without fear of being judged. Chances are that nothing bad will happen if you lead with vulnerability and authenticity.
8. Fear of Rejection
When you are afraid of being rejected, this fear can manifest itself in different ways. Some people get so afraid that they avoid social situations altogether to prevent feeling uncomfortable around other people. My past self is very familiar with this identity. Working through this with a therapist is something that has been very encouraging and motivating. Therapy is a great tool for social anxiety and any life situation in general.
There’s nothing wrong with feeling social anxiety, but there is a line between being socially anxious and having an unhealthy fear of rejection. At the end of the day, it is okay to be vulnerable. You are human after all! When you allow yourself to feel your feelings fully without judgment, you’ll begin to find alignment with other accepting like-minded individuals. The anxious feelings you felt will begin to subside as you grow through the discomfort.
9. Fear of Success
Fear of success can be something that holds us back from achieving our goals. We may think we don’t deserve the success we want, or that if something good happens for us, something bad will happen to balance it out.
We need to realize that we truly deserve all this success because we worked hard for it. There is nothing to be afraid of. When you try your best and put your whole heart into something, it deserves a positive outcome.
How do we overcome these 9 spiritual limitations?
1. When fear of being vulnerable hits, say to yourself: “I am only afraid because I care.”
2. For overcoming fear of change, remember that being uncomfortable means you’re growing.
3. If fear of commitment is a deal-breaker for you, here’s a reminder: nobody else has to know your commitments but you.
4. For overcoming the fear of failure, acknowledge your mistakes and then let them go. If fear of failure has you scared to take risks, remind yourself that the best way to learn is by trying new things and making mistakes.
5. For overcoming fear of the unknown, be open-minded and accepting about whatever life sends your way in the moment.
6. When procrastination rears its ugly head, think to yourself: “I’m not putting this off; I’m actually taking the action to get it done.” Challenge yourself to do one thing every day that you’ve been avoiding. Yes, even if it’s just speaking up in a meeting or making a phone call.
7. When fear of being judged hits, remember that in reality, nobody is perfect and we all make mistakes sometimes.
8. If fear of rejection has you holding back what you really want to say, here’s a reminder that it’s usually not personal.
9. Fear of success can be overcome by making success about your happiness, not your self-worth. Having a gratitude practice can help you focus the positive which can lead to overcoming the fear of success.
CBT Tools to Overcome Fear
Behavioral techniques such as ‘playing the tape through’ can be great CBT skills to use in any situation bringing up fear and any spiritual limitations.
By asking yourself these provoking questions, CBT faces these limitations head-on and makes sure fear doesn’t get the best of you. Repeating this process over and over again will train your brain to think in a more abundant mindset, which is why CBT techniques are great for combatting spiritual limitations. This is an especially helpful tool for those who struggle with anxiety.
Fear alone is one of the biggest spiritual limitations people have. It is considered a spiritual limitation because it is deep-rooted in who we are as an individual and as a member of the collective. It affects everything we do, every decision we make. Our fears can either push us away from what we want or keep us from getting what we want. You could end up regretting not telling someone how you feel if you never voice your opinion and then they end up dating someone else.
It’s understandable to be afraid but when it begins to affect your life in negative ways, it is time to reevaluate and reach out for support. You have the power to transform your life and habits significantly. Satori Way is here to help set the stage with what is right for you, join us as a free member, and check out our 5-day course here!