The limiting beliefs of Dolly Parton


I went to a wedding this weekend and danced so hard I gave myself a blister in a beautiful Prosecco fuelled haze!

As the band launched into Dolly Parton’s 9-5 I had a sobering thought about how much my life has changed, but also a big part of my drunken mind felt a little sorry for Dolly and her limiting beliefs.

Like Dolly, not so very long ago I was feeling trapped by the 9-5, and  I thought there were no other options.

So here are Dolly's limiting beliefs and what I'd like to say to her about them:

 1) ‘Working 9-5 what a way to make a living, barely gettin by, it’s all taking and no giving.’


Seriously darling, if you are barely getting by how is this life serving you? You only get one life, this is not a rehearsal.

2)‘It’s a rich man’s game, no matter what they call it and you spend your life putting money in his pocket….’


So you are putting money in his pocket, you’re skint and it’s making you crazy…..

Tell me again while you’re still in this job?  Also, who said it’s a rich man’s game? How do you know? Why not a rich women’s game and why can’t that women be you? Why not you?

3)‘In the same boat as a lot of your friends, waiting for the day your ship will come in, the tide’s gonna turn and it’s all going to roll your way!’


Where to start with this one! Okay firstly, just because a lot of your friends are doing it does not mean there are no other options.

Secondly, I’m sorry to be the one to break it to you, but the only person that can save you from this is yourself.

Stop dreaming about winning the lottery and start thinking about what you really want in life.

How much more time are you willing to waste sitting around bitching about your boss?  If you want things to change it all depends on you. How much do you want this Dolly?  

4)‘There’s a better life and you dream about it don’t you?’


Yes finally! You have a dream! What does it feel like to be in that dream? What does it look like? When you poured yourself that cup of ambition this morning what was in it? What one thing do you love to do so much that it no longer feels like work? Start visualising what it would be like to do that for a job. What one small thing could you do today towards making that happen?

So if you feel like Dolly, please understand there is a better life. As a Hypnotherapist and Coach I help women to visualise what they want and to take action to actually get them there. The brain loves direct instructions so it’s best to make sure you are giving it the right ones.

Why not start today by spending time thinking about what you really want life to be like.


✨Dream Big

Josie x