Here are five limiting beliefs about personal goal setting that I discovered last Sunday when a passerby overheard me and my Irish friends talking while taking some photos. He came to chat with us.

He is finishing his last year in Sydney and unfortunately he was unable to get another visa and has to return to Ireland.

I identified 5 limiting beliefs that you better lose fast, intelligently:

1. Drop the blame game

The guy blamed the economy, other people and situations for not getting a visa to wait in Australia. His general approach was to blame other people instead of looking at himself and seeing what he could have done about the situation.

At the end of the day, life will have its ups and downs, but blaming other people is not the solution!

2. take a compliment

As there was a lull in the conversation, I noticed that the guy had an amazing camera around his neck that he was using to take some photos of Sydney before he left. It was so much better than our smartphone cameras so I told him he had a brilliant camera. He looked at it and said “ah, okay I guess”.

In life, we have to learn to become good ‘receivers’. I learned this in business seminars. It is imperative that when someone gives you a compliment that you accept it and not dismiss it. Try to really take it in and be thankful that someone took the time to recognize something good in you. If we always put ourselves down, our subconscious will believe this to be true and we will struggle with setting our goals.

3. small steps

The guy declared to tell me and my friends about his master plan to return to Sydney. He told us that when he returned home, he would go to university for six years and then work for two or three years and then return to Sydney. I’m not saying it’s wrong to think too far ahead, it’s always good to have a plan, but this guy got a little hectic and stressed. He started concentrating on the wrong thing. He said it with a look of despair, as if he didn’t think it was possible.

I was experiencing ‘overwhelm’ and was overthinking things. She should have focused on small steps instead of trying to get everything planned out in her head. By doing so, each step is broken down and doesn’t seem that hard to accomplish.

4. the answer is key

Again, this can go back to the ‘blame game’. There are situations that can take us out both physically and mentally, there is no doubt about it. It is always how we respond that defines us. Sure the guy hadn’t gotten his visa, for some reason, but his response wasn’t helping either. He was wasting his energy and his time wishing things had turned out differently. Well, it didn’t, and there’s nothing he can do about it. He needs to get back up, dust himself off, and start taking steps to change his life!

5. captivity of negativity

I watched a TV show earlier and someone mentioned ‘Negativity Captivity’, as if focusing on the negative means you keep your mind captive of it. What we think, we produce. The body language and general tone of this guy was so negative that someone could have cut the tension with a knife. It was hard to hold a conversation with the boy because he kept leaning into the negative. It’s a habit you’ll have to break. As? Creating positive affirmations and acknowledging all the above points. You won’t achieve your goals by focusing on the negative all the time, that’s a guarantee.

To reach our highest goals, we have to change our attitude. Change that and we can change our world from the inside out!

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