Beliefs Mapping Exercise

Bruce I. Doyle, III, Ph.D.


Work quickly and write down the first thoughts that come to mind.  They do not have to make sense.  Be very honest with yourself – you will achieve greater benefit from the exercise if you are. 


My Environment

·        Life is

·        Work (School) (Retirement) is

·        Three things I would like to change about my life are:


Relation to Other

·        People are

·        Money is

·        Relationships are

·        You can’t trust

·        _____________________________ will betray you every time.

·        The characteristics that other people have that bug me the most are:


My Self

·        Expressing my true feelings is

·        My life would be better if only

·        When I make mistakes I

·        I must keep my friends happy.  T or F

·        It’s important that others like me.  T or F

·        I’m paid what I’m worth.  T or F

·        I see myself as someone who is successful.  T or F

·        It’s ____________ for me to ask for what I want

·        __________________________really makes me angry.

·        I don’t express myself fully at work because

·        I can’t

·        I am avoiding telling

·        I am avoiding

·        I ___________ get what I want

·        When I miss my goals it’s because

·        Regarding my Life: I am committed to

·        Regarding my Job (School) (Retirement): I am committed to

·        Regarding my Finances: I am

·        Regarding my Integrity: I am

·        Regarding my Personality: I am _________, __________, and __________.

·        Three things I would like to change about myself are:

·        When my feelings are hurt I

·        My biggest fear is

·        I am protecting

·        Why?

·        I am afraid of

·        I am afraid to

·        Being right is

·        I make ______________ decisions

·        I will really be happy when

·        What I want is

·        I don’t have it because

·        Something else that I want is

·        I don’t have it because

·        Another thing that I want is

·        I don’t have it because


·        Something that I will never have is

·        Why?

·        What would happen if I had it?

·        I would be more successful if only

·        The following thoughts come to mind when I say to myself “I am glad I’m me.”

·        My greatest asset is

·        I am really good at

·        I am the happiest when

·        The thing about me that I love the most is

·        The thing that I love about my life the most is

·        It really makes me laugh when

·        I am successful because


You have just mapped out the partial script for a movie titled “My Experience”.  Much of what you experience is a direct reflection of what you just defined for your Beliefs Map.  Let’s examine a few responses and see if a pattern emerges. 

What was your answer to ”Life is”?  Was it empowering or limiting?  Empowering beliefs such as “Life is great”, “Life is an opportunity”, “Life is exciting”, and “Life is a gift” would provide you with positive experiences and an environment for success.  Limiting beliefs such as “Life is a struggle”, “Life is tough”, “Life is not fair”, and “Life is difficult” are limiting beliefs and would show up as missed goals, job loss, conflict with others, etc.  What do you notice about your responses and your life experiences? 

What are your responses to “Money is” and “I am paid what I am worth”.  Are they empowering you or are you limiting yourself?

What is it that you want in your life but will never have?  What have you told yourself is the reason you won’t?  Your reason is a limiting belief. 

What is it that you are afraid to say?  To whom?  What is it that you are afraid to do?  What is it that you can’t do?  The answers to all of these questions are limiting beliefs that will keep you feeling stuck and inhibit manifestation of your desires.   Are the beliefs really true?  Did you create these limiting beliefs based on some experience years ago and find that you have generalized the belief to apply to ALL similar situations? 

Change your Beliefs Map to remove the limiting beliefs that are impacting your experiences.  The change is done by choice.  Once you are aware of them, simply decide to replace the limiting beliefs with empowering ones and update your Beliefs Map.  When you update your Beliefs Map you will see less misfortune and more success.  Success will come with less effort because you will not have to use brute force to overcome the limitations.  Success will come easily and effortlessly.  That’s a good one for your Map - “My success comes easily and effortlessly.”

Do yourself a big favor and review the rest of the beliefs on your Beliefs Map.  Make a conscious effort to identify the limiting beliefs, evaluate them, and change them to upgrade your Map. 

Your new understanding of your true beliefs will enable you to more easily and effortlessly create the life that you want. 






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