Some things to keep in mind as you review your quiz results . . .

It is important that you do not judge yourself for whatever results you received on this quiz. Everyone has subconscious limiting beliefs of one kind or another. It comes with the territory of being human. 

Each of us holds both positive and negative core beliefs. So, even someone who scored high on this quiz has many positive core beliefs, along with some that are creating unnecessary limitations for that individual.

We can always reprogram our subconscious if there are limiting beliefs that are getting in our way. By doing this, they become less predominant and we reduce the impact they have on us. They may still pop up from time-to-time, but they are less potent.

If your negative mind starts berating you for holding limiting, subconscious beliefs, press the “off” button and replace it with a thought that feels better. Instead of judging yourself, celebrate your intention to make new self-discoveries and to use them to create positive changes.

For answers to frequently asked questions about subconscious beliefs, go here. 


About your score . . .

Scores on this quiz range from 0 to 21 points. The higher your score, the greater the likelihood that subconscious limiting beliefs are getting in the way of you moving forward.

0 to 7  Low Range  Subconscious limiting beliefs are likely having a minor impact, if any, on your ability to move forward.

8 to 14  Moderate Range Subconscious limiting beliefs are likely having a moderate impact on your ability to move forward.

15 to 21 High Range Limiting, subconscious beliefs are likely having a substantial impact on your ability to move forward.

Scores on Subconscious Limiting Beliefs Quiz

You scored in the high range. 


Let’s take a look at some of your answers on the quiz.

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Photo by LuminaStock.

One of the most important core beliefs pertains to whether you feel deserving or worthy of the things you desire in life.

Why is this important? Because when it comes to our desires, we only allow ourselves to have that which we believe we deserve to have.

It is common to confuse deserving with wanting. We may want something really, really badly--but deep down, we do not believe we deserve to have it.

As a result, we unconsciously block our ability to attain our goal. Sometimes that is by sabotaging ourselves. Sometimes it is by procrastinating. Sometimes it is by make the same poor choices, again and again.  For example:

Serena wants a loving and respectful partnership with a man, but continually chooses to stay with men who mistreat her. At a deep level, she believes she doesn’t deserve to be treated with loving-kindness.

Nicole wants to do a better job of self-care, but she never makes time for herself. Deep within, she does not feel worthy of the self-nurturing she so longs for. This means she never gets around to having the massage, taking a walk in nature, soaking in a hot bath, or attending a yoga class.

Because you feel unworthy of certain things in your life, does not mean you do not feel worthy in other areas. You may feel deserving of good health and a strong body, but undeserving of having a large bank account without great sacrifice and struggle. Or worthy of having great friends, but unworthy of having a business or career you love. 

Also, keep in mind that feelings of unworthiness are just one of a multitude of reasons why you may not yet be having or enjoying something you really want. For example, you may feel worthy of a new career, but there are some steps for you to take (like completing some classes or gaining more experience) to prepare yourself for the job you desire. 

On the quiz, questions two, three, and four all relate to the issue of feeling deserving or worthy. You might review your responses on the quiz (which you received via email) to see how you answered these three items: 

  • Question Two: It can be difficult for us to imagine ourselves achieving a goal when we do not feel worthy of it. (There can be other reasons we have trouble imagining it as well.) How did you do with this one?
  • Question Three: Making time for self-care is a way of demonstrating that we are worthy of love, nurturing, renewal, and restoration. What was your response here? Is this an area in which you would like to improve?
  • Question Four: A general question asking whether you feel you deserve to have what you desire.What do you notice about your response to this question?

Since your score on the quiz is high, chances are you not feel deserving of much of what you desire. Here are some things you can do to begin changing this:

 Photo by Wavebreakmedia.

Photo by Wavebreakmedia.

One option is to practice better self-care. Treating yourself well is a way of demonstrating that you are worthy. 

Arrange for a yoga class, massage, or meditation session. Soak in the tub or take a walk in nature. Do the things that nourish and sustain you in the spirit of recognizing that your needs count. Make your own wellbeing a priority. You deserve it!

Naturally, that is easier said than done for some of us. Yet, chances are, if you decide to be kinder to yourself, you will find ways of carving out ten or even fifteen minutes now and then, when you can do something loving for yourself.

As you are practicing better self-care, remind yourself that you deserve to be treated with loving-kindness and you are worthy of taking time for yourself!

Another option is to begin reprogramming your subconscious using guided meditations. Guided meditations are one of the most powerful ways to rewire your brain and replace limiting core beliefs with unlimiting ones. This is because they are a way of "speaking" directly to the subconscious using the "language" of imagery. 

Here is a free download of a guided meditation you can use to install a new core belief. You can use it to feel more worthy of having and enjoying whatever you desire--whether it is a bigger bank account, a better job, more loving relationships, exciting adventures, a deeper connection with your Greater Self, increased self-confidence, or anything else you are longing for in your life.

A third option for reprogramming your subconscious is to learn more about the part of you that believes you are not worthy of having what you desire. Usually (but not always) the part of you that feels unworthy originated in childhood, as a result of what you observed and experienced. 

It is helpful to ask yourself questions, like, "What part of me thinks I am not worthy of having (fill in the blank!)?" Be open and curious, and try to learn as much as you can about what that part of you thinks and feels, and where those thoughts and feelings came from. Avoid judging yourself no matter what you learn! 

Next, engage in a dialog with that part of you--either in your imagination or on paper, to help your younger self to see things from a different perspective.

For example, one former client had decided she was unlovable and undeserving of love at the age of four, when she blamed herself for her mother's death. Of course, she was not the cause of her mother's death. However, the woman spent over thirty years living with that core belief and choosing again and again to be with partners who did not love her or treat her well.  Once she realized where the core belief came from, she used her imagination to help her four-year-old self recognize that her mother's death was not her fault. Soon thereafter, the woman met and fell in love with the person who would end up being her life partner--someone kind, respectful, loving, and fun. For the first time in her life, she felt truly deserving of having the kind of relationship she had always dreamed of. 

For more detailed instructions on how to work with your younger self to liberate yourself from a limiting belief, see chapters eight and nine of New Science, New Brain, New You. 


Still another major core belief has to do with whether or not you believe you are “good enough.”

Many of us get in our own way by focusing on our self-perceived deficiencies instead of our strengths. So we tell ourselves, “I am not smart enough, talented enough, educated enough, attractive enough, young enough, old enough, thin enough, experienced enough, etc. to make my dreams a reality.”

 Photo by Kyle Broad.

Photo by Kyle Broad.

Since we always make ourselves right, it is not the so-called deficiency that holds us back. Rather, it is our subconscious belief that we aren’t good enough.

Let's look at some of your responses on the quiz:

  • Question Five asks about comparing yourself to others and feeling inferior. Doing this often can be a sign that you subconsciously believe you are "not good enough."How often do you compare yourself?
  • On Question Seven you indicate how much you are able to accept and appreciate yourself as you are—one aspect of believing that you are “good enough.” What do you notice about your response to this question?
  • Question Eight has you consider how often you negatively judge yourself. The more you do this, the more likely you hold a subconscious belief that you are "not good enough." 

Your high quiz score indicates this is probably an issue for you. Here are some things you might do to change this:

 Photo by Matthew Hamilton.

Photo by Matthew Hamilton.

One option is to begin by writing down what you would like to believe about yourself. Be sure to write this using a positive, present tense sentence. This means writing, "I easily recognize and celebrate my uniqueness," rather than, "I am not putting myself down." Make your sentence your new mantra. Say it out loud as you are exercising, showering, or driving to work.

Look for opportunities to recognize and celebrate your uniqueness. Each time you do so, acknowledge to yourself that you are making positive changes which are creating new brain pathways.

Here again, you may choose to use the free guided meditation mentioned above for installing a new, more positive way of thinking and feeling about yourself. 

One client was stalled in his career because he believed he was stupid and feared making a fool of himself. He had developed this core belief when he moved to the U.S. at the age of 12, and he was taunted by other kids in his class for his inability to speak English. As a young adult, his limiting self-image kept him from recognizing his intelligence and many amazing gifts.

By using the guided meditation to install a new core belief, he was able to feel more confident and began to step out of his "comfort zone." Within six months, he was promoted and honored as one of the top employees in his company! 

For more information about how to change how you think and feel about yourself, see chapters five and six in New Science, New Brain, New You. 


The final question on the quiz asks about self-forgiveness.

A lack of self-forgiveness often goes hand-in-hand with the feeling of being unworthy and the belief that you are "not good enough." Until we forgive ourselves for our past mistakes (and we ALL make them!) we are likely to remain stuck and feel "weighed down" with emotions like guilt, shame, and self-recrimination.

Photo of woman blowing little golden stars out of her open palms.

One of the most healing things you can do for yourself is to "lighten up" by practicing self-forgiveness. Doing so can clear the way for wonderful changes in your life. So many good things await you when you take the courageous step of forgiving yourself! 

Forgiving yourself doesn't mean deciding what you did (or didn't do) was okay. It also doesn't mean forgetting about the lessons you learned from a painful experience.

Rather, it means you choose not to berate yourself over something from the past. It means you recognize that you did the best you could at the time and you let go of the negative feelings you are holding about yourself.

Why not begin today by identifying one thing, however small, for which you are willing to forgive yourself? Establish the intention to let go of all of the negative judgements you have been holding about yourself concerning this event. Remind yourself that the goal is not to be perfect; rather, it is to learn and grow from our life experiences. 

For more guidance on steps you can take and guided meditations you can use to forgive yourself, see chapter 11 in New Science, New Brain, New You


One final option . . .

If you try some of the suggestions listed above, and you still feel you are being impaired by subconscious limiting beliefs, you might want to consider seeing a good psychotherapist. If you aren't sure if that would help, or if you need assistance in knowing what to look for in counselor, I am happy to help. Schedule a free half-hour consultation and we can talk about your next steps, so you can continue to move forward in the direction of your goals.