Self-limiting beliefs and the ego are intertwined. The ego is part of our mind that controls our thoughts, emotions, and behavior. It is responsible for our self-image, and can be a source of both confidence and self-doubt.

In more modern psychology, the ego is often used to refer to our self-concept or the way we see ourselves compared to others and the world around us. It can include our beliefs, values, attitudes, and perceptions of our abilities and limitations.

Self-limiting beliefs are negative beliefs that we hold about ourselves. They often stem from the ego and can be a result of a fear of failure, a lack of confidence, or a sense of unworthiness. The ego can perpetuate self-limiting beliefs by convincing us that they are true. For example, if we believe that we are not smart enough to achieve a certain goal, our ego may reinforce this belief by pointing out past failures or highlighting our weaknesses.

However, it’s important to recognize that self-limiting beliefs are not necessarily true or accurate. They are often based on subjective interpretations of past experiences or social conditioning. By challenging these beliefs, we can break free from these limitations and create a more positive self-image.

Overcoming self-limiting beliefs is essential for personal growth and achieving success. Here are some strategies to help you overcome self-limiting beliefs:


The first step is to identify the beliefs that are holding you back. Take some time to reflect on your thoughts and feelings, and try to pinpoint the negative beliefs you have about yourself. A good exercise here is to become aware of the thoughts that arise when you go through situations where you may feel uncomfortable or not good enough. Since we understand you can’t do this exercise while you’re in the middle of a presentation, try doing the following at the end of the day:

  1. Pick a piece of paper and a pen. Sit down in a quiet room.

  2. Revisit a few key moments throughout your day that made you feel inadequate, unconfident, or any other type of negative way about yourself. Think about the thoughts you had at those moments and write them down.

  3. Once you’ve written down those thoughts, it’s time to analyze them and ask yourself questions. As you examine your thoughts, ask yourself “Is this belief true?” or “What evidence do I have to support this belief?”

  4. Look for evidence that contradicts these beliefs and write them down next to these limiting beliefs.


At this point, you have established what your old self-limiting beliefs were. Now, you want to pinpoint which new beliefs you want to build about yourself. On the same piece of paper, you used to identify your self-limiting beliefs, write down the following:

  1. Ask yourself “Who do I want to become?” and “What do I want to achieve?” and write down the answers you come up with.

  2. Read over the passages you wrote as answers to the above questions and transform these into new affirmations and statements. These will be your new beliefs.

  3. Lastly, reflect on what emotions you would associate with these statements and write them down.


The next important step in changing your self-limiting beliefs is getting them stuck into your subconscious. It is only through accessing your subconscious mind that you can change how you see yourself.

But the only way you can access your subconscious is through emotions. Thus, the importance of visualization. Based on the emotions you associated with the new beliefs you want to build in the previous step, visualize yourself succeeding and let yourself feel those emotions you associate with those successes.


Believing you can do something is only half the battle. The other half is taking action. To further fortify these new beliefs about yourself, you need to give yourself the evidence that supports these new beliefs. Take small steps towards your goals, even if they scare you. Action is the antidote to fear, and by taking action, you can prove to yourself that you are capable of achieving your goals.


Be kind and gentle with yourself as you work to overcome self-limiting beliefs. Recognize that these beliefs have been a part of your thinking for a long time, and it may take time to change them.


Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Surround yourself with people who believe in you and support your goals. Join a support group or seek out a mentor who can guide you through the process of overcoming self-limiting beliefs.

Remember, overcoming self-limiting beliefs is a process, and it takes time and effort. But by challenging your beliefs, practicing self-compassion, visualizing success, taking action, and seeking support, you can achieve personal growth and reach your full potential.