Stay curious, stay weird, stay kind
and don’t let anyone ever tell you
you aren’t smart or brave or worthy enough.
Last week we started talking about feeling or thinking we are not smart enough to successfully follow our dreams, and what a hindrance that mindset is to our lives. Because of it, we may choose to avoid certain situations, or simply decide never to try something out.
The Limiting belief:
● “I am not smart enough.”
● “I have accomplished many things in my life already.”
● “If I wasn’t smart, I could not have gotten this far in life.”
● “I have an incredible ability to learn.”
● “I can do anything I set my mind to.”
This limiting belief is false on so many levels. First and foremost, we indeed are much smarter than we realize or give ourselves credit for.
Think of everything you have already accomplished in your life. If we weren’t smart, we wouldn’t have been able to achieve all that we have. Our past successes prove that we are smarter than we think we are. Luck can only carry us so far…
Second, we have an incredible ability to learn. Consider all the things we have learned to do over the course of our lives. Our brains are sponges, and we are able to learn almost anything we set our minds to. Even if we do not currently possess the knowledge to accomplish a particular task, that does not mean we can’t ever learn it.
Our new belief is that we are incredibly smart and are able to learn almost anything we set our minds to.
This simple shift changes the way we approach new tasks. Instead of fearing having to learn things, we eagerly anticipate novel challenges. Instead of doubting ourselves, we are confident in our ability to tackle any task. We know that we are smart and that no task is too complicated for us to learn, or figure out how to get help.
● Make a long list of things that you have accomplished in your life. Include little things, such as learning to ride a bike, and bigger things, such as learning about your current job.
● Any time you’re tempted to doubt your intelligence, go back to that list to remind yourself of how smart you really are and that you have the ability to learn anything you set your mind to.
I am highly intelligent and accomplished.
I have already achieved many things in my life, which proves my intelligence.
Whenever I need a clearer understanding of something, I have been able to learn it, grasping all the nuances of the subject.
I refuse to doubt my intelligence.
I know that I am smart enough.
I embrace the fact that I a smart and able to accomplish anything I set my mind to.