The Ripple Effect

2 Corinthians 13:5 ~ “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you — unless, of course, you fail the test?”

When was the last time you took some time to examine your beliefs?

A belief check.

A belief check is the act of intentionally setting aside time to examine the beliefs that you have come to believe thus far in your life.

It’s listing your beliefs, examining the details, and questioning how they impact who you are and who you want to be.

Your next question may be, “Why do I need to question something I believe in?”

Excellent question. It deserves a healthy explanation followed with a tangible, practical story to make it relevant.

Choosing to believe in the beliefs that you have is your choice. Therefore, you can choose to change them.

Which brings up yet another question. “Why do I want to change my beliefs?”

Before I talk about the why let’s take a look at the how.

How do you acquire your beliefs?

The beliefs you have are now yours because either someone told you about someone or something that you accepted as truth, or you had a life experience that had such an impact that it was and is your truth.

The reason you may choose to change your belief is because maybe that belief is based on something that’s no longer your truth. Or maybe it never was, you just didn’t know any better.

A majority of clients that partner with a Life Coach have realized they are capable of so much more, they just don’t know why they’re stuck.

False narratives are derived from a belief we have that contradicts the person we are and the direction we want to go.

Essentially, that belief that once served you in some way is now an obstacle of the worst kind. It’s difficult to strive to achieve a goal that doesn’t align with your beliefs. Especially if you don’t know that you still subscribe to a belief, but you believe it.

The picture below is of an award that was pretty special to me at the time I received it. In 2009 I was nominated and won the Springfield/Greene County Board of Realtors Rookie of The Year award. Pretty special back then because I was living life based on the false narrative of a childhood belief I brought into my adult years. Not so special years later when I look at all of the words on this picture. That was what that award cost me.

The belief that I gained through experience in my younger years came from more than a single incident. This belief came from a narrative that played out in my life. Growing up, we were far from wealthy. Don’t get me wrong, we were definitely not poor either. We did ok most of the time.

But I remember my parents fighting about money and some days simple no’s after asking for a toy escalated quickly. Yep, that was our family in Wal-Mart that day. Thank you for not staring.

I’ll spare you from all of the juicy details and leave it to your own imagination to say that as I grew older I knew what I wanted out of life. Money and Things. Because if I had those things, there would be no reason to fight. No reason to say no to my kids and make a scene at Wally World. I may have stretched the belief a little by thinking that if I had plenty of cash and things to boot, surely life would be fantastic.

It didn’t take me long to check my belief about money and things after I had already paid such a high price for the Rookie of The Year Award.

It took me 30+ years to realize that I may have some beliefs that I subscribe to that are holding me back or maybe even causing damage.

I pray that you don’t wait that long to set aside some time for a belief check. The return on investment is so worth it.

If you’d like to complete a belief check, simply send me and email at with “Belief Check” in the subject line and we will send you the step-by-step outline for free.


Don Mann Coaching

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