Jerry Dugan, the Work Life Balance Leader, shares three questions to help you challenge your limiting beliefs.

JS021: 3 Questions to Identify and Challenge Your Limiting Beliefs

Do any of these limiting beliefs statements sound familiar to you?

  • “I can’t do that because” 
  • “I don’t deserve that because”
  • “lf I do this something bad is going to happen”
  • “I can’t do this because people will think”

Limiting beliefs lurk like sharks in the water waiting to snatch their unsuspecting prey that is your life beyond the rut. The good news is we can identify and then challenge those beliefs that hold us back. Let’s take a look at three questions that will get us started. Listen below.

Jerry Dugan, the Work Life Balance Leader, shares three questions to help you challenge your limiting beliefs.

In this episode, you will be able to:

  • Ask two powerful questions to identify your limiting beliefs
  • Challenge your limiting beliefs with one question

Challenging Your Limiting Beliefs

During the first 6 or so years of our life, we soak up everything we hear and our young brains believe it to be true. During these years, we develop our most powerful, and oftentimes most life-limiting, beliefs that can stick with us for the rest of our lives. 

All of this information is held in our subconscious, and it’s there to keep us safe. It’s how we learn that the stove is hot because it burnt our hand, or how we know to look both ways before crossing the street because our parents drilled that home with us every single day. 

However, some of these beliefs hold us back in life and keep us in a state of fear and ignorance.

Here are three questions that will help you identify and then begin to challenge your limiting beliefs.

What belief has held you back the most?

It might be hard to identify all of our limiting beliefs, but we can all pinpoint at least one belief that has held us back throughout our lives. 

It might not be obvious in the moment, but if we look back on the things we’ve done we can usually see it. 

Maybe you didn’t apply for that job you wanted because you didn’t think you were “smart enough.” Or that trip around the world you wanted to take never happened because you didn’t think that was “responsible” and you went straight to college instead. 

Maybe you missed out on asking your future wife on a date because you knew she was “out of your league.”

Why do you believe this?

Now that we’ve identified our biggest limiting belief, ask yourself this question until you run out of answers. Maybe something happened to you when you were a kid. Maybe something happened to you last week. Maybe you’ve just never been told it’s okay. Write down every answer you come up with so you don’t forget them.

What evidence proves your belief to be wrong?

Most beliefs are just that, beliefs. Beliefs and facts are two very different things. Snow is cold. We know that because we can feel it. There’s no debate to that fact. It can be measured. 

The fact that you believe you aren’t smart enough for that job is subjective and just your opinion. There’s no way to prove it with 100% certainty. If you look hard enough I’m sure you can find someone not as smart as you doing exactly what you want to do. The only thing stopping you is your belief.

For a more complete list of questions to challenge your limiting beliefs, download this free list, 10 Questions to Identify Your Limiting Beliefs.

Ask yourself these questions whenever you find yourself thinking “I can’t” or “I shouldn’t” or “I don’t deserve it.” Make sure that thought is the reality and not just a limiting belief that’s holding you back.

00:00:33 Recap of Conversation with Richard Friesen

00:02:38 Question 1

00:03:28 Question 2

00:06:00 Question 3

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Rewiring Your Brain for Financial Abundance – Richard Friesen – BtR 382

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