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How to Break Free of Limiting Beliefs

Have you ever been trapped by a limiting thought?

I can’t do it. I’m too fat/stupid/smart/old/unworthy.

For many of us, these thoughts prevent us from moving forward in our lives. And yet, sometimes, we’re able to break free of these restricting beliefs and let our freak flags fly.

photo: USAG Humphreys on flickr

How do we break free? What’s the underlying mechanism behind such release? And why do some limiting thoughts vanish quickly, while others take years to eliminate?

I’ll tell you why.

Get ready, because Dr. Z is back! And this time I’d like to introduce you to my latest model:

The Prison of Perpetual Propaganda

photo: dustin gaffke on flickr

Be afraid. Be very afraid.

The PPP is not a fun place! In it, we tell ourselves all kinds of lies, keeping ourselves immobile and incapable of pursuing our dreams.

It sounds bleak, doesn’t it? But fear not!

Because there’s a way out.

The way out is to systematically counter the lies of the PPP with the truth. And by truth, I mean positive, life-affirming statements about ourselves.

photo: Sean and Lauren on flickr

Yes, I’m talking about affirmations, but it’s more than that. The way out of the PPP is to engage in a full-on onslaught of positivity:

Gratitude, prayer, meditation, visualization, as well as affirmations and affirmative thinking.

We dunk ourselves in the Big Dipper of the Divine, and before we know it, those prison walls come tumbling down!

photo: Mass. Dept of Environmental Protection on flickr

For those of you who have engaged in such practices, you may have noticed that sometimes the walls drop quickly, while in other cases, it can take years for them to fall.

Here’s why.

Let’s say the limiting beliefs are in the area of self-expression. And let’s say that, before you start consciously eliminating these beliefs, you’ve already made some progress in this area:

You’ve surrounded yourself with friends who believe in you. Your confidence is growing. You’ve taken some baby steps toward self-expression in safe environments.

In a case such as this one, the walls of the PPP are already cracked.

Your affirmative thinking serves to knock down what’s already weak, and before you know it, you’re singing in the streets or dancing like nobody’s watching. Or both.

photo: 2010 World Cup – Shine 2010 on flickr

But in other cases, it seems like nothing’s happening. You affirm, you pray, you meditate, but still you’re surrounded by the thick, smelly walls of the PPP.

What’s a Goofball to do?

Don’t give up! Your work is having an impact, it’s just that the walls are thick and . . . smelly. And they may take a while to come down.

Remember the Shawshank Redemption? Remember how the Tim Robbins character broke out of prison by slowly, systematically chipping away at the wall of his cell?

Sometimes it’s like that. Sometimes it takes a while.

But that’s no reason to give up hope!

It’s also important to note that sometimes, especially in cases where others are watching, it’s important to protect your work.

In Tim Robbin’s case, he used a poster of a pinup girl to hide what he was doing.

A similar technique can be used with the folks in your life who may critique your methods. Folks who say things like: Affirmations are stupid. Why are you wasting your time with that silly stuff? You can’t change something just by thinking about it!

These folks, bless their hearts, are perpetuating the lies of the PPP. So when they ask what’s new in your life, you say Not much! Everything’s great! Thanks for asking!

In other words, you show ’em that pinup girl and keep moving!

There’s one more thing to know about the PPP, and it’s the most important thing of all:

The PPP is an illusion.

The door is always open. You can break free any time! The PPP is built by lies, and the instant you realize this, you’re free.

This revelation is always open to us.

Sometimes it comes in a flash. Sometimes it comes when the already-cracked walls tumble down. And sometimes it comes after years of chipping away, while the pinup girl hides our work.

So here’s the recommendation from Dr. Z:

Keep up the good work! Affirm and pray. Meditate and visualize. A strong spiritual practice will bust you out of the PPP, every time.

Now take two pinup girls and call me in the morning!

When have you been imprisoned by the PPP? And how did you break free?

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17 Responses to How to Break Free of Limiting Beliefs

  1. Laura November 27, 2012 at 7:40 am #

    Thanks for the prescription! Still laughing…

    • Z Egloff November 27, 2012 at 9:44 am #

      Hi Laura,

      No problem. Dr. Z loves to help keep you healthy! 😉


  2. Dereca November 27, 2012 at 8:10 am #

    Awesome post Z! Just what I needed today. Something that came to me as spiritual insight isn’t going as planned, and I can tell that I’ve started outlining the “how” of it. Definitely want to take your advice and get out into nature and get reconnected to the Divine inspiration and out of my PPP!!

    Love you, ~Dereca

    • Z Egloff November 27, 2012 at 9:49 am #

      Hey Dereca,

      Awesome to see you here! :)

      Yeah, the PPP is no place to be. Getting out in nature sounds awesome.

      I was just thinking yesterday that it’s weird when we get an impulse that clearly from Spirit, and then we move forward with it and everything appears to fall apart. And then we doubt our initial inspiration. Not that this is exactly what you’re saying, but I realize that I do this. And then I start to question the hows and get into trying to “fix” it, instead of just resting in that trust of the Divine.

      Love you too,


  3. Becca November 27, 2012 at 11:17 am #

    Thank you, Z! I’m forwarding this to a few friends.
    You rock!

    • Z Egloff November 27, 2012 at 1:31 pm #

      Hi Becca,

      Thank you for stopping by. And thanks for sharing! 😉


  4. Melissa Pate November 27, 2012 at 1:45 pm #

    Great blog,
    I hope you don’t mind my sharing this concept of ppp with my business team, I am always looking for inspirational ideas….thank you…

    • Z Egloff November 28, 2012 at 11:52 am #

      Hi Melissa,

      Share away! The only thing I ask is that you credit me as the source. Though ultimately, of course, Source is the source! :)


  5. Sue November 27, 2012 at 3:54 pm #

    Thank you much Wonderful Z!!!! As always… I am so honored to know you and be a part of an ever expanding universe with you!!! xoxo

    • Z Egloff November 27, 2012 at 4:41 pm #

      Howdy Sue!!

      Great to see you here. I too, am joyful and blessed to share this Universe with you! :)


  6. Livonne November 27, 2012 at 8:00 pm #

    Z ~ I always appreciate, and enjoy, your posts. I had a revelation that rocked my world earlier tonight. After reading your post I am feeling released from PPP.
    We deserve all good things!
    Today’s Life in Z-D is so great, on so many fun levels. I am so blessed.
    Thanks Love.

    • Z Egloff November 28, 2012 at 11:55 am #

      Hi Livonne,

      Thank you for letting me know that you enjoyed this post. It sounds like you’re in a vortex of insights and healing – groovy cool!! And being released from the PPP – is there anything better?! :)

      Blessings and love to you!


  7. Karen November 27, 2012 at 8:56 pm #

    You’re such a delight, Z, and I always appreciate the humor and upliftment of your posts.

    I’ve chipped away for years behind that pinup girl, and it’s really paying off!

    • Z Egloff November 28, 2012 at 11:58 am #

      Hi Karen,

      I appreciate your visits and comments to this blog. And I love that that you’re hard at work behind that pinup girl. Nice work! :)


  8. Dave March 21, 2013 at 9:31 pm #

    EFT or Matrix E is the absolute fastest way I have ever experienced letting go. You can literally release virtually any “issue” in minutes, or at most a half dozen sessions. I’ve blended them with a few other methods I’ve studied and it’s amazing.

    Be Your Best,

    • Z Egloff March 22, 2013 at 12:21 pm #

      Hi Dave,

      EFT is awesome. I have used it and I love it. Thank you for the reminder for those of use who have tried it, and the referral for those of us who haven’t tried it yet!



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