Letting Go Of Limiting Beliefs In Two Simple Steps

Jon Kabat-Zinn, the founder of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction says “Our thoughts are just thoughts, not the truth of things, and certainly not the accurate representations of who we are. In being seen and known, thoughts cannot but self-liberate, and we are, in that moment, liberated from them.”

Limiting beliefs are our negative core beliefs that restrict our potential.

They are what keep us frozen, stuck, stagnant.

They are often our excuses for avoiding the change that we desperately want but are too afraid to manifest for ourselves.

Our limiting beliefs are thoughts that we've reinforced as a false truth by thinking them again and again and again. At one time they served to protect us in some way - but now, they only hold us back.

So, once we recognize that we have a limiting belief, how do we get rid of it?

How do we release ourselves from this limiting belief that is not longer serving us?

We do this through a simple two-step Do Less Be More letting go exercise.


We begin with the physical to prove to ourselves we can do this. Starting with the physical gives us a tangible example that we can use to understand the before and after effects of the letting go process.

The first thing to do in this Do Less Be More Letting Go Exercise is to find something in your house that you have owned for as long as you can remember. It might be something you never even use. Something that is taking up space without contributing to the space. Something that requires more work than the benefit it offers you. Something you are holding on to, just because you always have.

And then once you’ve found the thing, I want you to take hold of it and ask yourself:

  1. Does this serve the me I am now and the me I am becoming?

  2. Does it make me feel at ease, in flow, or joyful?

  3. Is it contributing to my truth?

If the answer is no, then it's time to ditch it.

When we are physically decluttering a space - we typically have three choices for every item we decide to ditch: donate, sell, trash.

The choice is yours - the end result is the same - the point is to let it go.

As a side note - if this choice is paralyzing in of itself for you - then just throw it in the garbage and forget about it. Material things are just things. We will not take them with us after this human experience. And if it’s causing enough stress that even after you’ve decided it isn’t serving the truth of who you are, the thought of ditching it it still weighs you down or paralyzes you, then I want you to know that this exercise is going to be even more profound for you once you complete it - because there is SO MUCH waiting for you on the other side of letting go: