Growing up, I had a lot of limiting beliefs..
One of the limiting beliefs I had growing up and well into my twenties was that I wasn’t very good with mechanical things. I felt I had limited manual dexterity. While it took me a long time to realize it, I adopted this belief because of my interactions as a very young boy with my father.
My father grew up on a farm in Wisconsin. During the Great Depression, he went to work for President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Conservation Corps, which provided employment to nearly six million young men during the Great Depression. During World War II he was an airplane mechanic, working for the Air Task Force of the United States Army in China. After WWII, he opened his own auto repair and body and fender shop in Los Angeles.
As you might have surmised, my dad was an excellent mechanic and very good with his hands. So, when I was four of five years old and tried to help him work on the car (or anything else) and then dropped the screw or wrench needed, he would push me aside saying something like, “Ahh! Let me do that!” After a few times of this, I had the belief that I wasn’t good enough to fix things with my hands. This resulted in me going through my teenage years believing this.
In the Navy, I became an electronics technician, and one of the things I had to learn to do was work with my hands in very small spaces, putting nuts and small screws into circuit boards or attaching electronics parts to the frames of equipment I worked on. One day, as I was putting a nut on a screw in the back of a chassis of a piece of crypto equipment, I suddenly realized that I was pretty dexterous. I was good at working with my hands!
What was even more interesting is that as soon as that thought entered my brain, my zombie mind must have gone back to my childhood, because I immediately dropped the nut. Then, for the next five minutes, I had to dig around in the back to fish it out. Thanks, zombie mind!
Right now, I’m presuming that you have some beliefs stored in your zombie mind that are just not very helpful. This might be a belief like, “I’m not good with money” or “I’ll always be overweight” or “I could never be athletic.”
Here’s your assignment for today. Maybe this article reminded you of a limiting belief or two. If it did, write them down below, in a notebook, or on a piece of paper.
About the author: Wil Dieck is a writer, speaker, researcher, college professor and master martial arts instructor. He studies and teaches people from all walks of life how to use simple psychological techniques to develop high performance habits.
Wil’s most recent works includes the highly ranked Amazon Kindle book, Secrets of the Black Belt Mindset, Turing Simple Habits into Extraordinary Success and Modern Mindfulness, A Beginners Guide on How to Find Peace and Happiness in a Busy World.
In addition to his work as a researcher, writer, and speaker, Wil is a professor of psychology and business at San Diego University of Integrated Studies. Wil runs a peak performance coaching practice in San Diego, California, helping his clients create the same type of belief systems highly successful people use to make quick, effective transitions in their personal and professional lives.
Additionally, he regularly works with individuals who are suffering from stress and anxiety using meditation, hypnotherapy and NLP.