Let’s do an experiment.
Think about something you really want in your life.
It could be a thing, an experience, or a personal change.
It doesn’t matter what it is, as long as it’s meaningful to you.
Okay, now, I’m going to ask you a question, and you need to answer it quickly.
Don’t think about it. Just say the first number that comes to mind.
On a scale from 0% to 100%, how likely are you to achieve this goal?
If you answered 100% and you always feel this way, then you can stop watching this video.
You have all the confidence you need, so we’re done here.
But if you answered anything less than 100%, or you don’t always feel it’s 100%, then keep watching.
I’m about to share with you a very powerful tactic to expose what’s causing this self-doubt, and how to eradicate it from your life, so you can have the confidence you need to get the life you want.
You might have noticed that there are voices inside your head.
They’re always talking to you, telling you what you can and can’t do.
We’re aware of these voices, but we’re not always aware of where they come from.
Our subconscious mind has been shaped by our parents, our teachers and our society.
Sometimes there are hidden blocks in our subconscious mind preventing us from reaching our conscious goals.
Consciously we want something, but subconsciously we don’t truly believe we can pull it off, or we secretly don’t believe we deserve it.
In this experiment, we’re going to expose these subconscious self-limiting beliefs.
We’re going to track them down, and bring them from our subconscious mind, where they can hide easily, to our conscious mind, where there’s nowhere for them to hide.
Self-doubt comes into our life for two reasons.
It’s either because we feel unable to achieve something, or unworthy of the reward.
It’s critical to understand that this happens subconsciously, meaning below our level of perception.
We’re not aware that this is happening.
We don’t sabotage ourselves intentionally, but unless we expose these beliefs, we’ll continue doing it.
To expose these self-limiting beliefs, we have to find out why a part of us doesn’t believe we’re able or worthy of something.
When I started Mind Hacks, I was experiencing self-doubt all the time.
Some days I was really excited about this project, and others I questioned whether it was the best use of my time and energy.
So I did this experiment. I said to myself,
“There’s a part of me that believes I can’t pull this off. What is this part of me concerned about?”
I asked the question and the waited for the answer to come to me.
Two things came up.
I don’t have a neuroscience degree, so I was concerned about not having enough credibility to talk about how the mind works.
And I was self-conscious about my foreign accent because here, in America, some people demand that you speak English or go back to where you came from.
I was very surprised about the results because I wasn’t consciously aware of these perceived limitations until I asked the question.
But once those concerns were exposed, I knew what I needed to do.
I needed to find evidence to prove that my perceived limitations weren’t real.
So I went on a quest and found several highly successful YouTube channels from people who didn’t have degrees in their domains.
I realized that I had been studying the human mind and meditating for 15 years, and that I’m good at explaining complex concepts in very simple terms.
I realized that I didn’t need a piece of paper to give people tools to expand their potential.
I also found a ton of amazing channels from people with foreign accents, so I could no longer hide behind these BS excuses.
But enough about me. Let’s talk about you.
Let’s go back to your goal.
There’s a part of you that doesn’t believe you can achieve it.
What is it concerned about?
Feel free to pause the video to let the answers come to you.
Now that you’re aware of your perceived limitations, how can you find evidence that they aren’t real?
Now, let’s talk about not feeling worthy of the stuff we want.
In my 20s, I had three business fail, one after another, so I decided to do this experiment.
I said to myself, “there’s a part of me that doesn’t believe I deserve to be successful. Why is it?”
I was even more surprised by the answer I received that time.
Here’s the truth.
I had shoplifted in high school.
I stole some snacks from the grocery store and ran away with my friends.
We thought it was funny at the moment.
But deep inside me, I knew it was wrong and never forgave myself for that.
I believed that bad people don’t deserve good things.
So when I became conscious of that, I went back to the grocery store, picked up a few things, paid for them, and then put them back on the shelves.
I made things right, and I was finally able to forgive myself.
I understood that there was nothing to gain by punishing myself.
I had done something wrong, made it right, and I was a good person most of the time.
I had two options: I could keep punishing myself for something in the past that I couldn’t change, or I could forgive myself, move on, and make the world a better place.
So I chose the latter.
I removed the source of self-sabotage within me, and the following five years were some of the most successful of my life.
Now, let’s go back to you.
Why does a part of you think you’re not worthy of what you want?
What have you done in the past that makes you not worthy of success, love, happiness…?
If your best friend was experiencing this guilt, wouldn’t you advise them to forgive themselves and move on?
We need to treat ourselves by the same standards we treat other people.
The world doesn’t benefit from our self-pity, but it does benefit when we right a wrong.
Every time you feel stuck or experience self-doubt, do this experiment.
There’s nothing more empowering than exposing and eliminating self-limiting beliefs hidden in our subconscious mind.