The content in this episode is pulled from Dr. Maxwell Maltz’s book Psycho-Cybernetics.

“The problem with false beliefs is we have to make them come true in order to be true to ourselves.” – Dr. Maxwell Maltz


False Beliefs

These are typically “I am” statements that are untrue when you really evaluate their meaning. 

For example,

I am bad at math. I am ugly. I don’t have a mechanical type of mind. I am not smart. I am unworthy of success. I don’t deserve success. 

If you heard someone say any of these statements, you would very likely push back and suggest they rethink the statement. Yet, we consistently have statements like these we say and are committed to in our lives.


Here’s how this could show up in your life. 

  • Does something always happen to you when success is within reach?
  • Do you secretly feel unworthy of success or like you don’t deserve it?
  • Perhaps, you are uncomfortable around other people?
  • Do you feel inferior to some people?
  • Maybe you believe other people are hostile to you and unfriendly?

Do you sometimes feel anxious or fearful in an otherwise safe situation? Maybe you feel the world you live in is hostile, unfriendly, dangerous, or that you deserve punishment. 


Behavior and feeling spring from belief.

To root out these false beliefs, ask yourself “why”? 

If you hang back from doing something, ask yourself “why?” If you believe you can’t do something, ask yourself, “why?”

Why do I believe I can’t do this? Is the belief based on an actual fact or an assumption? A false conclusion?


Use these 4 questions to get clarity around your belief.

  • Is there any rational reason for this belief?
  • Could it be that I’m wrong about this belief?
  • Would I come to the same conclusion about some other person in a similar situation?
  • Why should I continue to act and feel as if this were true if there is no good reason to believe it?


Enjoy the podcast, think about your ‘false’ beliefs, and when you are ready to take the next step, schedule a discovery call.


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Delectatio – Our Secret

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