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Are you Manifesting Abundant or Limiting Beliefs?


A few months ago, I co-hosted a 5 part series on Maintaining Balance with Dr. Aili Pogust. We explored our mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional bodies and how we are responding to various triggers.


One area that resonated with me was in the mental body in terms of our self talk. We were asked to examine a number of belief statements to determine if we were limiting ourselves or living in abundance.


Examining the Statements - Are they Limiting or Abundance?

Take a few moments to examine some of these belief statements and see if this is something that you are (Source: Aili Pogust, 2021):

  • I have the ability to go far beyond the position I now hold.

  • I know when to set my boundaries.

  • My relationship with food is in balance.

  • I am fully capable of taking complete control of my life.

  • I am at ease with my body and my looks.

If one of those statements resonates with you. Do you believe that these statements are true? Are you limited or in abundance?

What we believe about ourselves and our world literally creates the events we will face in the future. If we feel lack in any area, we are holding limiting beliefs that keep that lack operative. On the other hand, it is true that by imagining abundance in different areas of our lives, we can bring it about. ~ Dr. Aili Pogust, 2021

The Exercise

When I did the exercise, I resonated with the statement "I have the ability to go far beyond the position I now hold." I am not sure about you, but I do not always think I can get beyond something that is challenging me in life. Although I might tell others that "this too shall pass" or "the storms will be move away" I wasn't always manifesting this for myself. So here is what I did.


The Daily Process

After examining the limiting statement that I didn't think I had the ability to go far beyond the position I now hold, I spent a few minutes each morning meditating on the abundant belief "I have the ability to go far beyond the position I now hold."

  • I examined what it looked like if it was a belief system for something in my life that I wanted to get past.

  • I then journaled about what that looks like, smells like, how my life would be different, and most importantly what would I do when I truly got to the place of going beyond the position I currently hold.

  • I wrote a commitment statement of something (or somethings) that I would do daily to strengthen my belief.

  • I also included a visualization of how my life would be different if I operated more fully through this belief.

Guess what .....It worked!

I spent about 4 months working on this one abundant belief as part of my daily morning practice. Although it only took a few minutes each day, I eventually was able to see how the limited belief was being replaced by the abundant belief. We all know that change takes time, and this is true for the abundance exercise. It just takes a little bit each day.


Give it a try and let me know how it works! Comment below and let me know how you are manifesting abundance or struggling with limiting statements.


About the Author

Spike Cook, Ed.D., Principal, Lakeside Middle School, Millville, NJ. In addition to being a Principal, Dr. Cook published two books through Corwin Press (Connected Leadership:It’s Just a Click Away; Breaking Out of Isolation: Becoming a Connected School Leader). He is the co-host of the popular PrincipaPLN podcast and his blog, Insights Into Learning, was recognized as a finalist for Best Administrator Blog by the EduBlog Awards. Spike earned his Doctorate from Rowan University and is featured in their Alumni Spotlight. Dr. Cook is also on the Education Advisory Board for Whole Health Ed. Connect with @drspikecook via

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