As a working mom, it can be challenging to balance the demands of work, family, and personal needs and desires. It’s easy to fall into a pattern of just surviving day by day, feeling burnt out and unfulfilled. But what if you could break free from this cycle and live a life with more purpose and intention?
After you have recognized that you are unhappy, the next step is to ask yourself some questions and better understand what is going on and why it is that you are so exhausted, beat and lacking joy. In that process, you will need to examine and challenge any limiting beliefs that may be holding you back.
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What are limiting beliefs as a working mom?
Limiting beliefs are the negative thoughts and perceptions we have about ourselves, our abilities, and the world around us. They can be deeply ingrained and often go unnoticed, but they can have a significant impact on our lives. They directly inform the decisions we make (or don’t make) that could ultimately change our emotions, mood or attitude.
Here are some common limiting beliefs for my working mamas:
- “I don’t have enough time to pursue my passions and goals”
- “I’m not good enough to succeed in my career”
- “I have to choose between being a good mom or having a successful career”
- “I’m not capable of handling the demands of work and family”
- “I cannot balance work and home life”
These beliefs can create a self-fulfilling prophecy, leading us to give up on our dreams, refuse to feel better, continue being in a state of overwhelm, and ultimately burn out. But the good news is that we can challenge and overcome these beliefs to live a more fulfilling life. We just need to be intentional about doing so!
5 steps for limiting beliefs as a working mom
#1: The first step is to identify your limiting beliefs. Take some time to reflect on your thoughts and feelings about your life as a working mom. What negative self-talk do you engage in? What assumptions do you make about yourself and your abilities?
#2: Once you’ve identified your limiting beliefs, it’s time to challenge them. Ask yourself if these beliefs are really true. Can you find evidence to support them? Are there examples of people who have overcome similar obstacles? And look outside the scope of just the people you know.
#3: Next, reframe your beliefs in a more positive and empowering way. Instead of saying “I don’t have enough time,” try saying “I choose to prioritize my time and focus on what’s most important to me.” Instead of “I’m not good enough,” try “I am capable of learning and growing in my career.”
#4: Then, take action to live more intentionally and purposefully. Set clear goals and prioritize your time accordingly. Make time for self-care and hobbies that bring you joy. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it, whether that’s from a partner, family member, community or colleague.
#5: Finally, keep revisiting these limiting beliefs and action steps to address them. Life as a working mama is constantly changing and evolving, and so we need to as well.
Check out these other blog posts:
- How to go from survival mode to that of living
- The 1st step in self-defining balance in our lives
- The 2nd step in self-defining balance in our lives
- The 3rd step in self-defining balance in our lives
Don’t be afraid of challenging your belief system
Breaking free from limiting beliefs takes time and effort, but the rewards are worth it. As a working mom, you deserve to live a life that’s fulfilling, balanced, and purposeful. By challenging your limiting beliefs and taking intentional action, you can create the life you want and deserve.
When I started doing this myself, everything changed for me. I knew what I was capable of and I didn’t let anything or anyone stop me. This is MY life to live, I’d say, so freakin’ live it.
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