Why you're not achieving your goals

There is one major obstacle standing in the way of you and your goals, and most of us are totally unaware of it. It is what keeps us feeling "stuck" and continuously getting the same results. It is... our beliefs. Our beliefs about who we are, what we're capable of, our expectations of other people and the world around us.

The beliefs we have dictates the level of commitment and action we take towards a goal. That action creates our results, and our results reinforce whatever belief we had. This can be a cycle that works for us or against us.

If my underlying belief is that I can do anything, I'll put forth maximum effort to achieve something. That will create a good results which then reinforces my belief in myself. However, if I feel like I'm not good at anything, whenever a task comes up, I'll put forth minimal effort because, "Hey, I'm not good at it." Then, my result will be poor and I will say, "See, I knew I couldn't do it."

Most of us are not aware of what limiting beliefs we have.

I coached a woman last year who wanted to lose 50 pounds in three months. She said she'd lost 20 pounds in a month before so it was possible. I asked her if she kept that 20 pounds off, or if she'd gained it back. Embarrassed, she put her head down and said she'd gained it back. I then asked her what a healthy, happy, 50-pounds lighter version of herself would look like? Feel like? Be like?

The woman paused, and finally said, "I have no idea. I've been overweight my whole life. I can't even imagine what that would be like."

Her response told me that she never really believed she could lose the weight and be fit. If her mind's eye can't even see it possible for herself, she's operating under a limiting belief.

We can change this cycle and have it work for us through awareness and practice. In the podcast, I talk about 4 actionable ways we can cultivate beliefs which serve us.