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37. The speaker beckons to Austin "into my garden
come," so that
A. He might experience for himself the sky and
all its attributes
B. To distract him from the pain of his situation
C. He might escape with his family.
B. To bring him out of the darkness
38. Which one of the senses does the speaker appeal
39. The speaker's place of enjoyment is MOST likely
A. A garden
C. An imaginary place
40. Identify the line or lines which BEST depict the
scene of the poem?
A. There is another sky, ever serene and fair
B. Here is a little forest, whose leaf is ever
C. Though it be darkness there;
D. In its unfading flowers
Do you know anyone who is totally successful and fulfilled
in all areas of their life: in their relationships, career, health,
wealth and wellbeing? If you do, then they are probably one
of the very few people in the world who have managed to
let go of all their limiting beliefs and create a perfect life for
themselves. For the rest of us, it is necessary to firstly un-
derstand how our limiting beliefs have come about, identify
the limiting beliefs that are holding us back, then taking ac-
tion to modify or eliminate them so we can move on and
live the life we deserve.
What are Limiting Beliefs?
Limiting beliefs are those that we received, either con-
sciously or unconsciously, from our parents, teachers, ex-
posure to media, our culture (or parent's cultural
background) to name a few. There is also evidence that a
tendency towards negativity and limitation can be passed
on genetically, but this is heavily modified by the things that
happen throughout our lives.
Whilst most of our limiting beliefs are formulated in our
childhood ("Do you think money grows on trees!", "Who do
you think you are?" ...), it is true that any shattering experi-
ence such as an accident, broken relationship, or business
failure can affect our thinking and self-confidence, and con-
sequently our behaviour. Our minds build up a memory
bank of ideas and images from little scraps of information,
experiences, comments, and impressions gathered over a
lifetime. Everything we've been through, things people have
said to us and about us, compliments or criticisms, failures
or successes have all built up in our memories along with
our interpretations or attitudes to those events. Unfortu-
nately humans are generally more inclined to believe criti-
cisms more than the praise. This can be disastrous if the
criticism happens at a time in our life where we are partic-
ularly vulnerable (e.g. adolescence) or even if you are just
having a bad day!
Because these beliefs have been building up quietly, unno-
ticed for so long, we don't bother to challenge them and
they may even be hidden from our conscious mind alto-
gether. We don't realise that our fears and negative results
have come about as a consequence of these hidden beliefs.
We end up settling for a minimal, marginal life, subcon-
sciously believing that we don't deserve money, love or re-
Of course, we have also "inherited" many beliefs and atti-
tudes that are positive and serve us well, which we don't
necessarily want to change. However, it is really necessary
to challenge those beliefs that have created limitations for
future decisions about who you are and what you are ca-
pable of, as well as creating low self-esteem and confi-
Can They Be Changed?
As we have learnt, most of our beliefs are generalisations
based on our past, and our interpretations of our experi-
ences. Often we have misinterpreted the situation or the
things we have heard, but once we have adopted that in-
terpretation, we forget that that is all it is - our interpreta-
tion. And interpretations can be changed!
There is a well-known story about an alcoholic and drug ad-
dict who murdered a store cashier for drug money. He had
two sons, eleven months apart, one of whom grew up to
be "just like Dad" - a drug addict who lived by stealing and
threatening others and ended up in jail. His brother is a dif-
ferent story. He's happily married with three kids, regional
bank manager who finds his work rewarding and challeng-
ing. He's physically fit with no addictions. When they were
queried individually on why they felt their lives had turned
out the way they did, both responded "What else could I
have become, with a father like that?"
We all have the ability to choose our interpretation and re-
sponse to any life situations, so we certainly have the ability
to change that interpretation. You can create a meaning
which can either empower you or disempower you. You can
continue to accept those limiting and negative beliefs and
go through life only achieving a fraction of what you are ca-
pable of, or you can let them go and take control of your at-
titude and your life.
Author: Ruth Bridgewood
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DIRECTION: Read the passage carefully before attempting the questions. Each question has four options, se-
lect the most appropriate answer based on what is contained or implied in the passage.
ARE YOUR LIMITING BELIEFS HOLDING YOU BACK?
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