Ever wonder why some people who are incredibly intelligent—the ones with so much potential—don’t move as fast as you’d expect?
Then there are some of those people, whom you might consider ignoramuses, moving from one accomplishment to the next.
I’ve got a pretty good reason, and if you’ll hear me out, I’d love to share it with you.
People who are highly intelligent tend to have a great degree of self-awareness—which is both a blessing and a curse.
The blessing part is obvious. But the curse part – it’s that without an equally high degree of self-acceptance, self-awareness causes real problems—something like a person who constantly trips over their own feet.
The more self-aware a person is, the more they notice about themselves and about others. This causes them to be proactive. They experience more anxiety when it comes to the decisions they make because they want to be careful to do the right thing.
Ignoramuses don’t notice those things and don’t typically take extra consideration to do the right things. They’re reactive. They just want what they want and they go after it, regardless of the consequences.
The difference between these two types of people is their beliefs.
Beliefs either empower or limit behavior.
And the thing about the limiting ones is that they can keep us from everything good we want in life, regardless of how simple or elaborate our desires are.
You may have all the skills, tools, and resources to build that dream business… Your ideal relationship could be just within reach… Sound physical fitness can be right around the corner… But if you have limiting beliefs in the way of what you want, you’ll create obstacles and roadblocks out of nothing.
That’s how these types of beliefs work when it comes to the good things we want. They manifest as some type of self-sabotaging behavior.
They put boundaries and limitations on our behavior.
Believing it’s bad to ram your car into someone limits you from driving straight into the next car that cuts you off on the highway.
Maybe that’s not a good example, since that’s a good limiting belief to maintain on the road. But it goes to show you that we all have them and that they’re not ALL bad.
What’s important to understand about beliefs is that they shape our perspective of the world and influence our behavior.
The three types of limiting beliefs you’re going to want to pay attention to are:
- I’m not able to.
- I don’t deserve to.
- They won’t let me.
Now, there are many things to say that can help with this anxiety and the limiting beliefs, but the simplest and most practical thing to say via this message is to sort of be an ignoramus, but to observe yourself being one.
What I mean is, watch what’s happening and observe your natural reactions to it. And most importantly, don’t be in a hurry to think you know what you’re watching and noticing. Don’t rush to label, name, or judge what’s happening. Just watch.
When you free yourself up in this way, without a need to hurry and improve everything, your own nature will begin to take care of itself—because you’re not getting in the way of yourself all the time.