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Breaking through limiting beliefs

We all have negative beliefs at times that hold us back from doing things we actually want to do. Doubts about our own skills, knowledge, abilities, and experience take over, preventing us from taking a (new) step. These beliefs, often unconscious, can have a significant impact on our behavior and performance.

Consider thoughts like: “What if I’m not good enough for that job?”, “What if I start a marathon and ultimately can’t make it?” or “What if someone else performs the task better than I or my team?”


Limiting beliefs are deep-rooted thoughts that prevent us from reaching our full potential. They can range from doubt about our own abilities to fear of change or rejection. These beliefs often manifest in behavior and can negatively affect the ability to inspire, achieve goals, and tackle challenges.

To break free from these limiting beliefs, it’s important to increase your self-awareness. Insight into drives helps enhance this self-awareness. When individuals understand their dominant drives and behavior patterns, they can also become aware of limiting beliefs that may influence their behavior and decision-making.

Every person has dominant drives and less present drives, which contain potential strengths and weaknesses. For example, consider the concept of the blue drive, which stands for structure, order, and accuracy. An employee with a strong blue drive might tend to cling to known processes and methods out of fear of chaos or failure. This limiting belief can lead to rigidity and resistance to change, which can hinder productivity and collaboration within the team.

Breaking Free from Limiting Negative Beliefs

It’s a pity to be held back by limiting beliefs. There are effective ways to break free from these beliefs and learn how to transform them into a strength [1].

  1. 1. The beginning of behavioral change is recognizing your beliefs and acknowledging that you want to do something about them. Enhance your self-awareness with insight into drives and behavior patterns with the help of Management Drives.
    2. Where did the negative belief originate? Find out when and how these beliefs came about. Often, this is far back in childhood.
    3. Ask yourself the 4 questions that change your life by Byron Katie: 1. Is it true? 2. Can you absolutely know it’s true? 3. How do you react when you believe that thought? 4. Who would you be without that thought?
    4. Create new beliefs. Formulate your beliefs in a positive way. Gather evidence to prove your new positive beliefs and refute your negative beliefs. Which drives and behaviors can help you debunk these limiting beliefs?

Understanding and addressing limiting beliefs is an essential step toward personal growth and success. With the right insights and strategies, we can overcome our limitations and realize our full potential.