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Overcoming Limiting Beliefs: 5 Self Limiting Beliefs That Block Your Success



Overcoming limiting beliefs holds the key to helping you become a successful yogipreneur. Understanding your self-limiting beliefs that are blocking your success, will provide the clarity you need to shift your mindset for business success.

As a yoga business owner, at times you will question whether you’re good enough to become successful in your space. These thoughts come up when things don’t go as planned, leading you to question if you actually have what it takes to build a successful online yoga business.

This questioning can manifest as self-doubt, lowering your confidence. Which can then block your success as a yogipreneur. It’s important to recognise how limiting beliefs hold you back.

It’s Your Beliefs. Your thinking.

In truth, the thing that holds you back time and time again, is your mindset. Your mindset plays an integral role in creating success and the results you achieve. Your life is a direct outcome of the beliefs that you have about yourself, your business and relationships.

These are beliefs that you’ve had since childhood. Your subconscious mind creates a program based on what you were told to believe and what you experienced growing up.

This creates your belief system and can hold you back from creating success as an adult.

A limiting belief could be that you don’t believe that someone would pay you $1000 to join you inside your online yoga course. Or you may have a belief that you’re not good enough or experienced enough.

When you think these thoughts enough in your mind or say them out loud to yourself, they become your reality. Holding you back from taking risks and going after your goals.

There’s a famous quote by Henry Ford: “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right.”

The good news is that you have the power to reprogram your subconscious mind.

Whether that means educating yourself, getting support to help you achieve your goal or persevering until you get it right. The key is to know that you have the power within you to change the limiting beliefs that are blocking your success as a yogipreneur.

5 Self Limiting Beliefs that Block Your Success

1. Believing that business is just about having the right strategies

Strategy is 20%. The other 80% is your mindset. Your mindset is the golden thread through every part of your business. If you’re not 100% sold on what you have to offer and don’t fully believe in your ability to help people, no strategy will work.

You can have the best business and marketing strategies, but if you don’t believe in your offerings and message, you won’t make sales.

It’s incredibly important to feel really connected to your purpose and your why. Being a yogipreneur is not always easy, with constant ups and downs as you’re learning to be a business owner.

The truth is that you weren’t born a CEO or a marketer. In fact, most likely you’ve come from a 9-5 job where you had an employee mindset. Now you’re having to shift your mindset to think, act and make decisions as a business owner. Learning to train your mind and cultivate it for success. Which means shifting the way you think.

The energy that you bring to the space is dependent on you’re thinking. Your mind is like a muscle and requires training. You need to have the awareness of the beliefs that are holding you back so that you can reprogram your mind so that your beliefs don’t continue to hold you back.

2. Other Yoga Teachers have had overnight success

Do you compare yourself to other yoga teachers who are successful and ask yourself why it hasn’t happened to you yet? It’s easy to open up Instagram and believe every other yoga teacher is successful.

When you see others having “overnight success” it can cause anxiety often leading to you feel like you’re not enough.

Society has glorified this type of success, especially with social media. Seeing other yoga teachers with the perfect Instagram feed and what they offer, can leave you feeling deflated. This puts an unrealistic expectation of what quick success is and can cause anxiety.

Overnight success is a big fat myth. You end up seeing the end result, the success at the end of the tunnel. But what you don’t see is the steps and hard work that it took behind the scenes, to reach that success.

After coaching hundreds of yoga teachers at Digital Yoga Academy, one of the most common obstacles in becoming successful, is the unconscious desire and expectation for overnight success. The belief that you have to have everything worked out right now.

The truth is you need to get real so that you push yourself and put in the hard work. This isn’t about luck, but about hard work. In fact, the harder you work, the luckier you appear to the outside world, because the outside world see the results not what it took to get those results.

For you to be successful in your yoga business, you need dedication, courage, patience, resilience, talent, teamwork and more hard work.

Ask yourself…are you willing to put in the hard work? Don’t just say yes. Really ask yourself, are you here to work hard for your dreams?

Staying inside your comfort zone won’t get you there. You’ll be doing things that feel scary and uncomfortable. At times you’ll feel disappointed. You have to be fully in on this journey so that you don’t feel defeated or a failure when things don’t go to plan. You need to have the resilience to pick yourself back up and try again.

To be successful you need to believe in yourself and stop comparing yourself to others. Comparing your business or yourself to others can prevent you from focusing on the things you do well. Remember, your business has something valuable to offer. Focus your energy there.

Be mindful of your thoughts and feelings around your success. The reality is there are very few stories of great successes that came without hard work and grit.

3. Success is about the hustle

As a yoga teacher, we can define hustle as working constantly in your business teaching classes. The hustling yoga teacher is one who is travelling from studio to studio teaching multiple classes a day, 20 classes a week. With no time for their own practice, exhausted, burnt out and only just paying their bills.

This approach is a hustle.

If you believe that hustle is the only way to have success as a yoga teacher, it’s time to shift that belief. Teaching classes in a studio is just one business model. When you pivot online, you have an online business model that includes creating online offerings that reach bigger audiences.

This business model you can create an online offering and sell it again and again, which means its scalable. It doesn’t require you trading your time for money. This may include an online course or membership.

4. If you fail or make mistakes you should give up

It’s time to view failure in a new light. Look at failure as a gift that gives you the time and perspective to learn from your mistakes and improve your results next time around.

Failure and mistakes are inevitable, it’s how you learn from them that matters.

The important thing is how quickly you bounce back, learn from those mistakes and try again. This is persistence in a nutshell. You must be persistent in your pursuit for success. If you’re not persistent, you’ll never be successful. Choose to shift your beliefs around failure and mistakes.

5. You can do all of this on your own

This belief holds you back. When you have support, you shorten the timeline to your success. You literally speed up your success and results. Examples of support can be help from a virtual assistant who can free up your time so that you can work on your business and not always in it.

Or support from a coach or mentor to navigate you to creating the success you dream of. It’s so incredibly important to work with a coach or mentor, invest in a program or mastermind, anything where you’re learning from someone who has the experience and knowledge to guide you.

Being supported and part of a community is key to creating success. Building your business on your own can be lonely. However, surrounding yourself with like-minded yogipreneurs and coaches to support and guide you, is a powerful investment in yourself and your business.

Fill in your knowledge gaps. If you don’t know the strategists to succeed, get the support that you need. If you’re unaware of how to grow an online community and launch your offerings, seek a coach or program who do. Whether it’s from Digital Yoga Academy or another coach, get the support that you need to succeed.

Many of us unknowingly hold onto limiting beliefs that can prevent us from reaching our full potential. These are deeply entrenched perceptions about ourselves and the world around us that constrain our capabilities. Thankfully, with determination, reflection, and the right strategies, it’s possible to overcome these barriers.

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How To Stop Limiting Beliefs

1. Recognise and Acknowledge

The first step in confronting limiting beliefs is acknowledging that you have them. Without recognition, change is unattainable. Reflect upon statements you frequently tell yourself, such as “I’m not good enough,” or “I’ll never achieve that.” By identifying these beliefs, you can begin to challenge and dismantle them.

2. Understand the Origins

Determine where these beliefs stem from. Often, they are rooted in past experiences, criticisms, or societal norms. By understanding their origins, you gain the insight to comprehend why you hold them, and why they might not be relevant or true today.

3. Challenge the Belief

Once you’ve identified a limiting belief, challenge its validity. Ask yourself:

  • Is this belief based on facts or assumptions?
  • Are there counterexamples which prove this belief isn’t universally true?
  • How has holding this belief affected my actions and outcomes?

4. Replace with Empowering Beliefs

Instead of continuously feeding the negativity of limiting beliefs, develop and nurture positive affirmations. For instance, replace “I can’t do this” with “I have the capability to learn and grow.”

5. Collect Evidence

Seek out evidence that contradicts your limiting beliefs. For example, if you believe you’re poor at public speaking, remember a time when you delivered a presentation successfully or received positive feedback after speaking in a group.

6. Surround Yourself with Positivity

The environment and people around you can either reinforce or challenge your beliefs. Engage with positive individuals who uplift you and see the potential within you. Limit exposure to negative influences that perpetuate self-doubt.

7. Embrace Growth and Learning

Adopting a growth mindset is pivotal. This means understanding that abilities and intelligence can be developed through dedication and hard work. Mistakes and failures are not reflections of your worth, but opportunities for growth.

8. Seek Professional Guidance

Sometimes, our beliefs are so deeply embedded that they’re difficult to confront alone. A coach, mentor, or therapist can provide the necessary tools and perspective to help reframe these beliefs.

9. Celebrate Small Wins

As you begin to overcome your limiting beliefs, celebrate your successes, no matter how minor they seem. These positive reinforcements can help build your confidence and momentum.

10. Continually Reflect and Adjust

Overcoming limiting beliefs isn’t a one-off task. Our thoughts and experiences evolve over time, so it’s essential to routinely check in with yourself. Reflect on your beliefs, assess how they impact your actions, and adjust as necessary.

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What are limiting beliefs?

Limiting beliefs are deeply ingrained convictions or perceptions that restrict our potential, preventing us from achieving goals or pursuing certain endeavours. They can relate to our capabilities, worth, or the world around us.

How do limiting beliefs form?

These beliefs often originate from past experiences, societal norms, or negative feedback from others. Childhood events, cultural upbringing, and personal experiences can all contribute to their formation.

Why are they called 'limiting' beliefs?

They are termed 'limiting' because they impose restrictions on our actions, potential, and the way we view ourselves, often leading to self-doubt and hindered progress.

Can limiting beliefs affect my daily life?

Yes. They can influence daily decisions, behaviours, and interactions. For instance, someone who believes they're "bad at socialising" might avoid social events, thereby missing networking opportunities.

How do I identify my limiting beliefs?

Start by reflecting on statements or thoughts you often tell yourself, especially ones that involve words like "can't," "never," or "always." Journaling or talking with a trusted friend can also help unearth these beliefs.

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