Your beliefs form the foundation of your self-concept, which determines how you see yourself in relation to the world around you. The labels you give yourself, the limitations you put on yourself, and the expectations you have of yourself are all built upon your belief systems. And if your belief systems are not aligned with the goals and objectives you would like to accomplish, then you will often feel stuck, unfulfilled, and miserable.


Below are 100 common limiting beliefs that often stop people from getting the results they desire. Do any of them sound familiar?


Limiting beliefs about Self-worth

  1. I am not good enough.
  2. I don’t deserve anything good.
  3. Bad things always happen to me.
  4. I am a failure.
  5. I am not smart.
  6. People won’t like the real me.
  7. I don’t deserve nice things.
  8. I’m not that pretty.
  9. I am too fat.
  10. I am too skinny.
  11. I’m too shy.
  12. I don’t like my body.
  13. I am not attractive.
  14. I am powerless.
  15. I can’t…
  16. I’m not strong enough.
  17. I’m not important.
  18. What I want doesn’t matter.
  19. Other people’s needs are more important than mine.
  20. I can’t catch a break.
  21. People like me don’t…
  22. That’s just not me.
  23. There’s no point.
  24. I don’t know what I want.
  25. I don’t have the will power.
  26. If I relax, all hell will break loose.
  27. People will always hurt me.
  28. I can’t trust myself.
  29. I’m not tech-savvy.
  30. I’ll look and/or sound stupid.
  31. I’ll never measure up.
  32. If I trust people, they will hurt me.
  33. No one will support or encourage me.
  34. One day I’ll change.
  35. My family will abandon me if I change.
  36. I’ll never be successful.
  37. Eating healthy isn’t that important.


Limited beliefs about success

  1. Life is not fair
  2. Nobody is interested in my ideas.
  3. I’ll never pay off all these student loans.
  4. If I succeed, I won’t be able to sustain it.
  5. I don’t have the skills.
  6. They’ll never hire someone like me.
  7. I’m not going to be successful so there’s no point in trying.
  8. People won’t take me seriously because I’m…(female, young, old, fat, thin).
  9. I don’t feel like I could give enough value.
  10. I’ve tried it before and failed, so I’ll fail if I try again, too.
  11. I don’t have enough money.
  12. I don’t have enough support.
  13. I don’t have the connections.
  14. I’ll always be broke.
  15. Getting my hopes up always leads to disappointment.
  16. There’s too much competition.
  17. Money is evil.
  18. Glasses are too expensive.
  19. Rich people are greedy.
  20. Money is not important.
  21. I am not a salesperson.
  22. I’m not good with money.
  23. I don’t have enough experience.
  24. No one is giving me an opportunity.
  25. Life is hard, that’s just how it is.
  26. I’m not creative.
  27. I’m not original enough.
  28. I’m sure somebody thought of this before.
  29. I’m a procrastinator.
  30. My ideal is weird, that is not the norm.
  31. I can’t see that many patients per day.
  32. I am only a general practitioner.
  33. Making lots of money requires sacrificing who you are.
  34. Money just doesn’t matter much to me. I don’t need it.
  35. Private practice is too hard.
  36. The only way to be successful is to start a private practice.
  37. I just have bad luck.
  38. If I get too happy or too successful, I’ll jinx myself.


Limiting beliefs about health

  1. I just can’t lose weight
  2. I always get sick.
  3. This runs in my family.
  4. I don’t deserve to be healthy.
  5. I am not an athlete.
  6. I don’t like to exercise.
  7. I don’t like vegetables.
  8. I don’t have time to exercise.
  9. I can’t stop eating…
  10. I gotta have my… (latte, bread, cake, sweets)
  11. I’m too far gone to start taking care of my body now.


Limiting beliefs about relationships

  1. When someone else changes, I’ll be happy.
  2. All the good ones are taken
  3. I suck at relationships.
  4. I don’t feel like I could give enough.
  5. I better not express my feelings if I want to be loved and accepted.
  6. I need to be quiet in order to survive.
  7. I need someone to complete me.
  8. My family doesn’t understand me.
  9. Something is wrong with me.
  10. I need someone to take care of me.
  11. I have no choice.
  12. No one will ever love me.
  13. Letting others get close just leads to pain.
  14. Being honest leads to rejection.