As a Transpersonal Hypnotherapist and Life Coach who uses manifestation holistically, I have seen how often a false belief can hold people back from manifesting desires. And so today, we are going to finally dismantle all your false beliefs.
False beliefs are ideas or thoughts in our minds that don’t align with the external reality. Often, these false beliefs aren’t based on absolute truth.
For example, a person might believe they’re not good at learning new skills, even when they’ve learned many things in their daily life.
The important thing to remember is that just because a belief is present doesn’t make it true.
Once you break your false beliefs it allows your manifestations to unfold into your life. In this article, I teach you in detail the steps to recognize any false belief and how to break them.
How Do You Break a False Belief?
In this section, I will give you 9 steps to quickly break your false beliefs.
1. Recognize a False Belief
First, let’s do a false-belief task and understand the traits that separate these beliefs from truths.
False beliefs often result in negative feelings. For instance, if thinking about a particular belief makes you feel anxious, sad, or limited, it’s a sign that the belief might not be rooted in reality.
Also, false beliefs are resistant to new evidence. Even when presented with clear and logical information that contradicts a false belief, the average person might still cling to it.
Why? Because those beliefs are not based on logic but emotions and past conditioning.
False generalizations, like believing “all people from a certain place are the same”, are common examples. These beliefs may also make you feel stuck in your comfort zones, preventing personal growth and manifestation.
So, first, you must go digging for the false belief. You must find the origin of your false belief and start from there.
One place to start is societal norms that influence your thought processes. From a young age, the indirect message from media, authority figures, and even peers can shape your perception.
For example, social groups you associate with can subtly influence your views on you see yourself and the world around you.
Your upbringing plays a role too. Family members and their beliefs can leave lasting impressions.
If your parents always struggled financially and held the belief that “money is the root of all evil”, you might inherit the same view, even if it doesn’t hold in the real world.
Your past experiences, especially those from early childhood, form many of your beliefs. For example, a embarrassing experience during a school play, might lead you to believe you’re not good at public speaking, even if you’ve never tried it as an adult.
Asking yourself the following question can help: “Why do I believe this?”
Often, you’ll find that the belief traces back to a personal experience or something an influential person in your life once said. The first attempt to unpack a false belief can be challenging, as our mental states can cloud judgment.
Another effective method is to reflect on memories and realize that these beliefs are not yours.
Sometimes, a single event from our early childhood can be the driving force behind a lifelong belief. The beliefs instilled during this phase, especially if tied to emotional or traumatic experiences, can remain with us for a couple of years or a lifetime.
Traumatic experiences can especially result in self-limiting beliefs. For instance, someone who faced bullying might grow up believing they’re unlikable or not worthy of friendship.
And finally, societal expectations – like getting a specific job, looking a certain way, or achieving certain milestones by a specific age – can make you feel out of place or that something is wrong with you. a
The beautiful thing about the human mind is its capacity to adapt and grow. The state of mind you’re in today doesn’t define you, and with awareness and effort, you can redefine your beliefs.
2. Question Your False Belief
The first place to begin when breaking a false belief is by questioning its validity.
Every belief, especially a negative core belief, should be put under scrutiny.
The following question can be an invaluable tool: “Is what I believe an absolute truth or just a perception?”
Most often, self-limiting beliefs are based on perceptions and not concrete truths.
Start by gathering evidence.
If you believe you’re terrible at learning new skills, list down all the skills you’ve acquired over the years. From riding a bike to using a new software, your achievements might surprise you.
The truth of a situation is often more encouraging than our own thoughts suggest.
Another to question a false belief is looking for its contradiction.
For instance, if you hold the belief that you’re unlovable due to past heartbreaks, but you also have loving family members and close friends, there’s a clear contradiction.
False beliefs are often based on false information or isolated events, rather than the complete picture of your live. When you question these false beliefs, they often fall apart, since they aren’t based on logic.
3. Use Neuroplasticity to Break False Beliefs
Neuroplasticity is the brain’s astonishing ability to reorganize itself, forming new neural connections throughout life. This means that the negative thoughts and beliefs you’ve held for a long time aren’t set in stone.
Even if a certain belief has been in your mind since early childhood, the brain’s plastic nature allows you to mold and change these beliefs.
Your repetitive thoughts and beliefs strengthen neural pathways.
But when you consciously challenge and change these patterns, you begin to weaken old pathways and form new ones.
Techniques like cognitive behavioural therapy or habits can assist in this, providing a structure to dismantle harmful beliefs and replace them with more positive and constructive ones.
You can also use affirmations you create to place into your subconscious and create new beliefs.
4. Journal to Replace False Beliefs
By writing down your beliefs, especially the most common limiting beliefs, you externalize them, making it easier to analyze and challenge them.
Journaling provides a mirror to our mental states and can offer insights that thinking cannot.
Over time, patterns emerge.
You might notice that negative self-talk increases during particular situations or times of the day. Recognizing these patterns helps you break them.
You’ll often find recurring themes in your self-limiting beliefs and patterns.
Maybe there’s a consistent voice that tells you “you’re not good enough” or “you can’t achieve your new goals“.
By journaling regularly, these patterns become clear.
Once identified, you can challenge each negative thought systematically, offering evidence against it and replacing it with a positive alternative.
For example, every time you think, “I can’t do this,” remind yourself of all the times you’ve faced challenges and come out winning.
The only thing more powerful than a limiting belief holding you back is the limitless potential within you, waiting to be realized. Journaling is one way to help you uncover this.
5. Use Empowering Affirmations
Creating empowering affirmations can be a game-changer in challenging and altering false beliefs.
Affirmations are concise, positive statements aimed at changing our mindset.
They can be considered the new belief that you’re instilling to replace the old one.
For someone who has always believed they’re not deserving of good things, a simple yet powerful affirmation might be, “I deserve all the abundance and love the universe has to offer.” This new positive core belief helps replace the outdated negative one.
When writing affirmations, it’s a good idea to make them present tense, positive, and personal. Instead of saying, “I will not be anxious,” reframe it to, “I am calm and at peace.”
On a spiritual level, affirmations help align your energy and intentions with the Universe. They serve as a conduit to attract what you desire in our daily life.
And from a psychological perspective, affirmations act as a counter to our negative beliefs.
Every time a limiting thought arises, an affirmation serves as a rebuttal.
Over time, with repetition and belief, your subconscious mind starts to accept this new positive core belief as the truth.
This shift doesn’t happen overnight, but with consistency, the mind begins to prioritize the positive message over the old belief.
6. Ground Yourself in the Present Moment
Meditation is a tool for grounding, bringing you back to the here and now.
Because self-limiting beliefs stem from past traumas or anxieties about the future, meditating can help to center you back to the present moment.
Meditation teaches you that the only way to truly live is in the present.
It shifts your perspective, making you realize that many of your beliefs are based on past occurrences that no longer define you or future events that haven’t and may never happen.
One of the best ways to start meditation is the simple technique of focusing on your breath.
Inhale deeply, hold for a few moments, and exhale. This basic act helps in calming the mind and anchoring it.
As thoughts arise, which they inevitably will, especially when you first start meditating, observe them without judgment. Recognize them, and then return your focus to your breath.
Another powerful technique is the body scan. Starting from the top of your head and moving downwards, pay attention to each part of your body, noting any sensations or tensions.
This practice is amazing for self-awareness and helps in identifying areas where you might be holding onto stress or negative emotions.
When you practice these grounding techniques, you’re using mindfulness as an extension of meditation.
Mindfulness is the practice of being fully engaged in the present moment, whether you’re eating, walking, or simply breathing.
By being mindful, you cultivate a heightened sense of awareness, which in turn can help in recognizing and challenging false beliefs as they arise.
Every day offers a new experience and a chance to reinforce positive beliefs, letting go of those that no longer serve your higher self.
7. Use Hypnosis to Break Your False Beliefs
Hypnosis is a trance-like state in which a person becomes more open to suggestions.
Contrary to false generalizations often portrayed in media, it’s not about controlling someone’s mind but about guiding them into a deep state of relaxation and heightened focus.
At this stage, the subconscious mind becomes more accessible, providing an avenue to address and reframe false beliefs.
Scientifically, during hypnosis, the cognitive capacity of the mind changes.
Brain wave patterns shift, often resembling those found during deep meditation. In this state, individuals are more receptive to new ideas, making it possible to challenge deeply rooted beliefs.
Practical Exercises for Restructuring Thoughts with Hypnosis
For those exploring hypnosis, it’s always a good job to consult with a trained professional. However, simple self-hypnosis exercises can be beneficial:
- Relaxation: Begin by finding a quiet space. Breathe deeply, and as you exhale, imagine all tension leaving your body.
- Induction: Once relaxed, use repetitive phrases to deepen the state. A common phrase might be, “With each breath, I am going deeper into relaxation.”
- Deepening: Visualize descending a staircase or floating down a river. Each step or moment forward takes you deeper into the hypnotic state.
- Suggestion: This is the stage where you introduce new ideas or beliefs. If you have a negative belief like “I am not worthy”, you can replace it with “I am deserving of love and success.”
- Emergence: Slowly count from one to five. With each number, become more aware of your surroundings, and when you reach five, open your eyes, feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
8. Use the Power of Visualization
When you visualize, the brain doesn’t differentiate much between what’s imagined and what’s real.
So by repeatedly visualizing a desired outcome, our cognitive capacity starts adjusting to the idea, making it feel more attainable.
Detailed Imagery: The more vivid your visualization, the more effective. If you aim for a particular job, imagine the office, the clothes you wear, the tasks you handle, even the compliments from colleagues. Make it as real as possible.
Emotion: Connect emotionally. How would achieving this goal make you feel? Elation? Pride? Contentment? Anchor your visualization in these emotions.
Repetition: Like any other practice, the more you visualize, the better you get. Make it a daily practice, even if for just a few minutes.
Supercharge Visualization with a Vision Boards: Create a board with images and words representing your goals. This provides a tangible representation of what you’re visualizing and acts as a daily reminder.
Ground Visualization with Affirmations: Combine visualization with positive affirmations. As you imagine your desired outcome, repeat affirmations that reinforce this vision.
9. Break False Beliefs with New Experiences
One of the most direct ways to challenge a limiting belief is to place yourself in situations that directly contradict it.
Often, your beliefs are reinforced by our environments and the cycles you place ourselves in. By exposing yourself to new experiences, you gain new perspectives, and often, these new insights can shatter old beliefs.
For instance, if you believe you’re terrible at social interactions because you’ve always avoided them, joining a social group or club can be a transformative experience.
Here, not only do you give yourself the chance to interact, but you also see others, possibly with the same fears, navigating social scenarios.
By pushing your boundaries and placing yourself in unfamiliar situations, you gather real-time evidence against your false beliefs.
Over time, as you gain more exposure, confidence in your abilities grows, and the old beliefs begin to fade.
How Do I Know the False Belief is Broken?
One of the beautiful things about personal growth is the series of revelations and breakthroughs.
Shift in Perspective: When confronted with a situation that would previously trigger a negative core belief, you’ll notice a shift in your state of mind. Instead of defaulting to old patterns, you’ll approach the situation with a newfound confidence or perspective.
Consistent Positive Actions: Beliefs manifest in behavior. If you find that your actions consistently align with your new belief, and old patterns are rare or non-existent, it’s a good sign the old belief is broken.
Emotional Resilience: Those old beliefs often come with negative feelings attached. As they break, you’ll experience a rise in positive emotions and a decline in feelings of doubt, fear, or inadequacy.
Feedback from Close Relationships: Sometimes, the people around you notice changes before you do. Family members, friends, or colleagues might comment on your changed attitude, increased confidence, or a different approach to challenges.
Where to False Beliefs Come From?
From a young age, various experiences shape your core beliefs.
Many come from indirect messages we receive from family members, authority figures, or even social media.
These messages, over a long time, sink deep into your subconscious mind.
The most common limiting beliefs often form in early childhood.
Think of a time when someone told you it’s not a good idea to pursue your dream job. Such beliefs, once formed, can be hard to break.
But how do you break a false belief that’s been with you since childhood? The first step is recognizing it.
Societal conditioning also plays a significant role in reinforcing our self-limiting beliefs.
Social groups, media, and even close relationships can contribute.
For example, if the majority of people on your social media feed deny climate change, you might, over time, adopt the same belief, even if there’s new evidence against it.
A negative experience at a job might lead you to believe you’re not good at work, even if you’ve done a good job elsewhere.
The combination of societal conditioning and past experiences can deeply engrain harmful beliefs in ours minds.
In the following sections, you’ll learn how to break a false belief and replace it with a positive alternative.
The only way to live a better life is to challenge these beliefs and adopt a new positive core belief. Once you do that, you’re on your way to realizing your dream life.
Do False Beliefs Stop Manifestations?
Every thought that you focus and emotion to has the power to shape your reality.
Your beliefs, especially your core beliefs, are the driving force behind your actions, reactions, and even our mental states. At the core of every decision you make in daily life lies a belief.
It could be something as simple as believing it’s a good idea to brush your teeth daily because it prevents cavities, or as complex as holding onto an old belief about one’s self-worth based on a traumatic experience from the past.
Negative beliefs, the ones that tell you “you can’t”, “you shouldn’t”, or “you’re not worthy”, are impactful. These can undo the good things you know and feel about yourself.
These negative beliefs often originate from early childhood, where a single comment from a teacher, a peer, or a family member can ingrain a negative core belief deep into the subconscious mind.
Over time, this belief grows, supported by negative thoughts and negative feelings, solidify their presence in the subconscious mind.
On the other hand, empowering beliefs act as a beacon of light.
They catapult you forward, encouraging growth, learning, and positive changes in your life. These beliefs are not false generalizations; they are often based on personal experience and positive feedback loops.
For instance, if you’ve consistently been complimented for your writing, you might develop the belief that you do a good job when you write. This belief then pushes you to write more, refine your skills, and perhaps even pursue a career in writing.
Distinguishing between empowering and self-limiting beliefs is essential.
It’s the first thing to realize on your journey to self-awareness.
While an empowering belief tells you that learning new skills is exciting and beneficial, a limiting belief might convince you that it’s too late or that you’re not smart enough.
Unfortunately, many of us have been conditioned by society, family members, and our life experiences to focus on our limitations rather than our potentials.
The beautiful thing about the human mind is its adaptability.
By recognizing these harmful beliefs and questioning their validity, you can start the process of transformation. The only thing standing between you and your dreams might be a single, unexamined belief.
How do you break a false belief that has held power over you for years? By challenging it, replacing it with a new belief, and nurturing this new positive alternative until it becomes an integral part of your reality.
Top 3 Takeaways for Breaking a False Belief
The journey to breaking false beliefs is both challenging and deeply rewarding.
With determination, the right tools, and a commitment to self-growth, anyone can rewrite their narrative, paving the way for a life rich in potential and free from self-imposed barriers.
- Awareness is the First Step: Recognizing and acknowledging a false belief is the first step towards breaking it. One cannot address what they aren’t aware of. Regular introspection, journaling, and being receptive to feedback can help unearth these beliefs.
- Challenge and Replace: Once identified, continuously challenge the belief. Ask yourself: Why do I hold this belief? Is it based on absolute truth or derived from isolated incidents or other people’s opinions? Replace the limiting belief with a positive alternative.
- Consistent Practice and Patience: Breaking a false belief isn’t an overnight affair. It requires patience, persistence, and consistent effort. Tools like scripting, visualization, meditation, and positive affirmations can be instrumental in this journey.
Now, you will be even closer to a liberated, empowered self.
Ground this learning by reading: Powerful Guide: Reprogram Your Subconscious Mind to Manifest