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Five Steps To Challenging Limiting Beliefs That Are Holding You Back | GOF70

Is there something holding you back but don’t know what it is? Chances are you may be encountering what experts call limiting beliefs. They hold us back from seeking healthy and meaningful relationships. Prevent us from pursuing the next step in our careers. And they sabotage our lives when gone unchecked. Unfortunately, detecting limiting beliefs is much harder than you think. Why? Very often limiting beliefs are “controlling beliefs” that shape and form how we see the world. They are ideas that tell us how to think, and sometimes they work against us. If you dig down into yourself far enough, you may just discover some hidden ideas that are reaping massive havoc in your life. So how do you overcome these thoughts? There are at least five foundational ideas that you must accept before any real progress in life can be made.

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Five Steps To Challenging Limiting Beliefs That Are Holding You Back | GOF70

by Dr. Jonathan G. Smith | Season 2

This Episode’s Topic: Overcoming Limiting Beliefs

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Theology On The Street – Am I Screwing Up My Kids?

Starts at 7:58

(Exodus 20:4–6, The Voice) 4 You are not to make any idol or image of other gods. In fact, you are not to make an image of anything in the heavens above, on the earth below, or in the waters beneath. 5 You are not to bow down and serve any image, for I, the Eternal your God, am a jealous God. As for those who are not loyal to Me, their children will endure the consequences of their sins for three or four generations. 6 But for those who love Me and keep My directives, their children will experience My loyal love for a thousand generations.

Parenting is tough. As we raise our children, most of the time, we are simultaneously living out life. This includes working through the dysfunctional behaviors and poor development we inherited from our past. Generational sins are past down from parent to parent, child to child. In the scripture above, the second commandment links two basic ideas together — spiritual and psychological outcomes.

By recognizing that our behaviors have spiritual implications on our children, we can begin to take steps to change our lives and be better parents to our children.

Smitty’s Tip of the Week –

Starts at 17:04

I’m really excited about The reason for my enthusiasm is the availability of good online courses at very affordable prices. Right now I’m signed up for three courses and have been impressed with the level of quality the instructors are trying to create. Even more, has invested in their mobile app. The iPhone version is very user friendly and allows me to transform any space or place into a classroom.

Feature Presentation – Five Steps to Overcoming Limiting Beliefs

Starts at 20:08

The central idea in today’s episode is summarized in the word “presupposition.” A presupposition is an idea that controls all other ideas. Two examples of presuppositions are theism or atheism, belief in a god or belief in no god. Presuppositions are necessary for us to make sense of the world. But what happens when they are harmful? Human behavior experts call these presuppositions “limiting beliefs.” They are false or negative beliefs you hold that prevent you from growing and developing in life.

Here are five ways to evaluate your thoughts to see where limiting beliefs may be controlling your life.

1) No bad intentions – no one wakes up with the intention to make a poor choice.

Most of us do not wake up in the morning and decide to make poor choices. Instead, as the day progresses, we make decisions at the moment. Often people find themselves in predicaments because of the accumulations of poor decisions. But we shouldn’t make value judgments on ourselves because of an adverse outcome. Instead, recognize that most of the time, we make the best choice at the moment.

2) Past doesn’t equal the future.

The Apostle Paul summed up this idea well when he wrote, “Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead…” (Philippians 3:13 NLT). We are not doomed to repeat our mistakes. We can look to the past to inform our present but not be condemned by it or doomed to repeat it. Assuming that because something that took place in the past will happen again is a logical fallacy.

3) No one is perfect. No one is broken.

There is a big difference between admitting you’re not perfect and saying you are broken. When something is broken, it no longer functions. When something is imperfect, it may function but not work as well as it could. Again the Apostle Paul writes, “So I am not the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it” (Rom. 7:17). Inside every one of us lies our sinful nature, but we are not SIN.

When we fail, make mistakes, or hurt someone, we must recognize that it is partly a result of a sinister presence called our sinful nature (c.f. Philippians 3:12).

4) Everything is achievable. But not right away.

At the core of our existence is an innate creative capacity. But that is very often thwarted by fear. If you believe that your goal is achievable, then what is lacking most of the time is the right strategy to accomplish your goal.

5) You are responsible for your life.

The most critical step in working through your beliefs is taking responsibility for them. Most of the time we hold incorrect views of ourselves because we’ve uncritically accepted them or have told them to ourselves. The only person responsible for your emotions is you. No one can manage them for you. But once you take responsibility for your life, you have the potential to change your part of the world.

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About The Author

Jonathan G. Smith

The Rev'd Dr. Jonathan G. Smith is the Senior Minister of Redeemer Church in Orlando, Founder of Grace Nation, and owner of Higher Purpose Coaching. His passion is to see people transformed by the Gospel, the liberating power of Jesus Christ.


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