Are your Beliefs Fact or Limitation?

As a chiropractor, I work to shift your physiology by working with your spine. Through motion of the spine, I aim for your brain to start to function better, and for you to show up in your life better! As part of that process, I hear a lot of life histories. I work with people during their adjustment to take different action in their life to shift their outcomes. I often hear people’s beliefs of their limitations in life and health and what they are capable of, expressed as fact. 

The beliefs sound like…
  • “All the women in my family have depression like I do.” 
  • “I’m not a routine kinda person.”
  • “I have a bad back.” 
  • “I don’t stick to things.” 
  • “Its just my genetics.”
  • “I get every cold going around.” 
  • “Diets don’t work for me.”
  • “I don’t like exercise.” 
My own belief revealing moment

Statements that we take as truth, are often not facts, they are simply beliefs that we have never thought to question. The following is an exercise I have done repeatedly. For example, I have never been a routine kinda gal. My roommates in school laughed as I ran up and down the stairs, switching from dressing, to eating, to packing bags in no particular order. Fast forward to my busy mom and professional life, and I wanted a morning routine to set my day. Though the hugs and snuggles while my kids are small will always be priority, I somehow ALWAYS managed to drink coffee. And I mean ALWAYS. The kids know that while snuggling in the chair, I’d sip my coffee. Clearly there IS a morning routine. If I can make coffee happen each morning AND my snuggles, I could likely also make some other changes to supercharge my morning routine. It took that one tiny shift, and my entire morning routine shifted because I changed my belief about my routine.

Taking action

Here is an exercise from my mentors Brandi and Dr. Don MacDonald that you can use to help you examine whether what you think is actually a fact or if it’s really a belief that you could change to help you shift some aspect of your life.

  1. What is my current belief about my health (life, work etc)?
  2. Where and who does that belief come from?
  3. What has your experience told you about this?
  4. Does this belief align with the results you want in your life?
  5. What will it cost you to continue holding on to this belief?
  6. What actions are you taking as a result of these beliefs?
  7. Are there any exceptions to this belief? 
  8. Are the beliefs you wrote down facts or beliefs?
  9. This this belief come from another belief? And if it did, what belief created this belief?

Remember, do this as many times as you have something you want to explore. You may find you come back to it later when there is something else to examine. I have used it for both my professional life and my personal life. Sometimes it’s been mildly interesting to see the answer, and others times, I have had tears rolling down my cheeks from the freedom of seeing the truth of a belief. I encourage you to sit down with a pen and paper, and no judgement of yourself, and start to do the work to learn a little more about you. You’ll be surprised what ways you CAN make a change and a difference in your own life. See you at your next adjustment!

Dr. Pip Penrose