What if you could upgrade your mindset by adding three little letters to your vocabulary? You can, and we'll get to that in a minute. But first, let's take a step back. Let me start with a different question...
What beliefs do you hold about yourself that are limiting your potential?
It's a difficult question to answer. But why? We all hold limiting beliefs, so why is it so hard to name them?
It's because we don't often notice our beliefs. They're like the software that is running on your phone or computer. You only notice it when something goes wrong. We only notice our beliefs when life puts them to test.
Limiting beliefs are the worst. They're like a built-in security system that our mind uses to keep us out of danger. See if any of these sound familiar...
You're not very outgoing, so you tend to keep to yourself in social situations.
You're not very confident, so you don't approach that attractive stranger.
You're not good with technology, so you don't try to learn.
You're not good at sales, so you don't ever try, even though your client needs your help.
You're not aggressive, so you don't ask for that promotion you deserve.
You're not in shape, so you don't go to the gym.
You're not good in the spotlight, so you don't take credit for what you've accomplished.
You're not good with money, so you don't plan for your financial future.
You're not the most experienced, or the smartest, so you don't speak up.
You're not comfortable with conflict, so you don't stand up for yourself.
If any of these feel familiar, then you have limiting beliefs. If none of these feel familiar, you still have limiting beliefs, but I'm not clever enough to have thought of them. Yet.
There it is. The three letters that we need to incorporate into our daily diction. Yet.
When you add the word yet to your limiting belief, something magical happens. Check this out...
I'm not very outgoing yet, but it's something I'm trying to get better at.
I'm not in great shape yet, but it's something I'm committed to doing.
I'm not very comfortable with conflict yet, but I'm learning.
Yet opens the door to new possibilities. Yet makes room for trying new things. It makes room for the inevitable stumbles that will come with experimentation. Yet gives you permission to struggle. Yet gives you grace.
Here's my challenge to you.
Over the next few days, pay attention to the stories you tell yourself about yourself. I can't do that. I'm not like that. I just don't do that kind of thing. Then, instead of accepting this story, upgrade it by adding yet.
I trust you'll know what to do from there.