The Limiting Beliefs of Being Right

What is the point of being right? Do we think it makes us the ‘better’ person, justifies our actions, or gives us the right to take over or make someone wrong? Perhaps we see ourselves as the one that is wrong believing we have somehow failed and the shame and disappointment are too overwhelming to consider?

Wrong and right are part of a dualistic, objective left-brain belief system that limits our ability to come together in true collaboration. We see each other as separate and in competition when we see the world through this lens. When we are stuck in wrong and right there is always a winner and always a loser. How do we ever create higher-order win/win solutions from this frame of reference? We don’t.

If no one needs to be right, then no one needs to feel like they are wrong. Our entire basis for blame and criticism rests on the idea that the one who is right gets their needs met to feel good about themselves and the situation, and the other does not.  The truth is what is right for someone else does not have to be right for us and vice versa. Anything we push against by making it wrong has us focus attention and energy on what we don’t want (to be wrong). And as quantum physics has shown, what we focus on brings more of it into our experience just by nature of us paying attention to it. This is what is meant by the saying ‘what you resist, persists’. Standing on either side of right or wrong automatically has us push against the other side keeping us stuck with both sides of the problem.

We give our power away when we use the framework of wrong and right. It’s time to take our power back for ourselves and let others do the same.

When we align with others that we feel are right, we take on the energy of pushing against those that do not align with our ‘group’. When we focus our attention on the wrongness of others, we keep feeding those people and situations with our energy in our efforts to continue to be ‘right’, even when it keeps us stuck and out of action on our own behalf.

What if instead of who is right and who is wrong, we determine what is right for ourselves and allow others to do the same for themselves? What if right and wrong were instead seen as a continuum of choices that everyone can use to decide what works best for them? If at one end of the continuum of parenting, I favor discipline and swift consequences for lies and outbursts, and at the other end of the continuum, my partner favors meditation and hugging, we may be at odds about who is right and wrong in parenting the children. When we instead allow the continuum to help us to decide what is needed for the children and who is best to respond, we honor what is best for us and for the situation without anyone needing to be right or wrong. We begin to value the differences instead of striving for sameness in the pursuit of being right.

How will you honor what is right for you today?


Wendy Watson-Hallowell | The Belief Coach
Wendy Watson-Hallowell | The Belief Coach
WENDY is passionate about enabling individuals, organizations and communities to value themselves and each other in the ongoing process of change. Wendy has guided hundreds of individuals and over 750+ public and private sector organizations to achieve tangible increases in impact and performance. Her successful practice in mentoring and coaching has led to authorship of the book, ‘Live a Life You Love and Make a Living Doing It’. Over the last 30 years, Wendy’s skills have been honed in leadership roles at MTV Networks, The Rensselaerville Institute, and a variety of community based projects in her town. In 2015 she launched BeliefWorks and offers Belief Coaching as a way to address the root cause of what limits the results we can achieve both personally and professionally. This is an 'upstream' solution to change. Instead of changing limiting behavior, she focuses on changing the limiting beliefs that drive that behavior. In all cases, her clients and partners speak to the specific increases in achievement that her consulting, coaching and partnership roles make possible.

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  1. Hello Wendy, I agree with you all the way. Polarity does not serve well.

    How do we know we are right? Couldn’t this be based on confirmation bias? What agrees with what we know is right and if not it is then wrong.

    We know from groupthink that right could be the wrong decision. We need differences to expand our possibilities, to explore new solutions and gain understanding and wisdom.
    We learn more when we differ. If the mentality is win-win for all and not lose-win then understanding becomes possible and all learn and grow.