Challenging our self limiting factors

Anxiety and childrenOur immune system can help us defend our body from outside attack but can our mind be as reliable at determining how we react to things?

We pick up phobias and beliefs about life and even foods from a wide range of sources such as, friends, family, the media, food manufactures etc. Regardless of where they come from our beliefs govern everything we do and over a period of time these beliefs can be detrimental to our health.

To hold self-limiting beliefs we tend to filter information by one of three methods: deletion, distortion or generalization.

Deletion: we maybe focus on the negative and delete the positive things that happen to us.

Distortion: we distort information to match our views.

Generalization: we discount or invalidate information that doesn’t fit how things usually are.

Our reference points and experiences drive our beliefs. For example:

  • If as a child you couldn’t swim you mightn’t try again as an adult.
  • The experience of making a mistake, at any stage of your life, can prevent you from trying again.
  • Your reference of other people’s attitudes or even facts about things may be out of date.

Life does go on. Our body’s grow, our tastes change, we can learn new ways of doing things. Even new ways of eating and exercising. It’s good to stop sometimes and evaluate our beliefs

Are you limited by the fear of failure?

  • Instead of looking on failure as a conclusion we could try to see it as the beginning of a new journey of discovery.
  • It is more likely that our failures will give us the opportunity to learn more about ourselves than our successes.
  • What would you attempt to achieve if you knew that you would never fail?

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Lea Stening

Lea is one of New Zealand’s leading paediatric dietitians and also specialises in Sports Nutrition. She has specialised in Paediatric Nutrition for 31 years and in 1985 was the first paediatric dietitian to enter private practice in New Zealand. Lea helps families through her private consultations, public lectures, newspaper and magazine articles as well as television and radio interviews. Read more »

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