Empowering Beliefs v Limiting Beliefs

posted Nov 6, 2018, 3:36 PM by David Alan Binder

Empowering Beliefs v Limiting Beliefs


Ever seen a tiny wire around a herd of cows.  That wire used to have to be electrified but now it is not. 


The cows think it is electrified but will not check to see if it currently is.  Many things change over time.  Batteries wear out, connections that were tight loosen, limbs fall on other parts of wire and 

ground it out.  Many things change the electrification but the cows stay within that boundary.

This is an example of limiting belief.  Every time you say “I can’t do that” and “that is impossible” or think “someone else can do that but I can’t” that limits you so severely that sometime you’ll 

never overcome that obstacle that only exists in your mind.


On the other hand, we also have empowering beliefs.


Beliefs such as “if that person can do that then I can”.  Of course, it took one or more people to really break the barrier and you took advantage of that break, so that is a good thing.  It means your 

beliefs are still growing and overcoming self-imposed boundaries.

Other empowering beliefs are the ability to say no.  Some people are afraid to say no, or don’t want to let another person down before asking themselves is this a good thing for me.  If it is a good 

thing for both of you then maybe the answer is yes, if you will feel good about it.  This is the first step in ensuring that your needs are taken care of as well.


At this time, I do not have more examples of empowering beliefs but I’ll think about it and let you know.  If you can think of any, I’d be happy to hear about them and include them in a later article.


The world is your petri dish, make sure you experiment and find out for yourself.  Someone else may not have conducted the experiment correctly and is giving you bogus answers.

A Think Piece by David Alan Binder