How to stop discouraging thoughts that are keeping you from reaching your full potential.
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By Ruth Soukup
June 28, 2018
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Ruth Soukup is a New York Times bestselling author and the founder of Living Well Spending Less. You can listen to her sage advice on life, career and parenting on episodes on her new podcast, Do It Scared, below.

At some point in your life, when you’ve thought about doing something a little bit bold, a little bit different or a little bit outside of your comfort zone, you’ve probably heard a voice in the back of your head that’s whispered: “What makes you think that you can do this?”

It might be saying that you don’t deserve that raise, or it could be saying that you aren’t as talented or witty or well-spoken as your co-worker. It might be telling you that you’ll never figure out how to balance motherhood and your career, or that going back to school in order to further your career will be impossible.

You’ve probably heard that voice sometime in the past week, or maybe even today. That voice is always there, at the ready, ever cautioning us about venturing too far outside of the places that are safe and familiar. That voice doesn’t think we can do it; that voice keeps us stuck. But, it’s time to banish that voice because it’s limiting, unhelpful and keeping you from realizing your ambitions and full potential.

And while we can’t always stop those limiting beliefs from popping up or that voice from whispering in our ears, we can refuse to listen to it. Because once we’ve recognized a limiting belief for what it is — just a thought that’s holding us back — we can take away the power it has over us and move past it.

That’s exactly the topic that I discuss in this episode of the Do It Scared podcast, where I share three practical strategies that’ll help you silence that voice and believe in yourself.

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