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Building New Beliefs

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When you want to create different results in your life, you need to believe something new.

Yes, it’s truly that simple, but it’s not always easy to implement…unless you know the hacks to building new beliefs!

There are two ways to build a new belief: cultivate it, or climb it.

Cultivating a new belief is like planting a little seedling.

You can see it. You know its potential.

But it needs to be nurtured.

Here’s how: 

  • 👉 Write it out or type it out. This helps to solidify the vision your belief will create. 
  • 👉  Place your belief in your visual field with phone reminders or post-it notes.
  • 👉  Journal about the belief’s relevance to your goal or desired outcome.
  • 👉  Add supportive thoughts that complement this new belief.
  • 👉  Seek the evidence for how this new belief is presenting in your life. (Write this out, too!)
  • 👉  Define the emotion(s) this belief creates and embody where that emotion is (this creates a physical presence of your mental belief).
  • 👉  Identify the actions this emotion and thought will generate, then take those actions.

Sometimes the new belief is believable theoretically but is too big of a stretch for your brain to really believe in the present moment. Problem? Nope…there’s an hack for that, too! 👍

It’s called creating a belief ladder🪜 and I first learned about it during coach certification.  

Imagine your new belief being at the very top of a ladder. You see it, but it’s not exactly real or present for you in the here and now. You’re at the ground level of this ladder. But in order to believe that new belief, you’ll need to climb this ladder, rung by rung, with each rung representing an interim belief. 

Each next rung depends on your being solid on the rung (belief) preceding it. Here’s how it might look in real life with the belief: I’m make the best decision. 

  • Starting belief: I have no idea where to begin. (This is the limiting belief that’s keeping you stuck 😕 ).
  • Belief #2: I’m open to the process (of seeking information for this decision).
  • Belief #3: It’s possible that I can gather the information I need for this decision. 
  • Belief #4: I’m capable of finding the information that I’ll need to decide.
  • Belief #5: I know exactly where to find the information I need to make this decision.
  • Belief #6: I have all the information I need to make this decision. 
  • Belief #7: I’m ready to make a decision. 
  • Final belief: I’m making the best decision.🙌

Get the gist? You can place however many rungs you need on your belief ladder, and you choose the interim thoughts that work for your belief. Climb to the next rung only when you feel the current belief “in your bones” so to speak…that it’s a “no brainer”. You can even use the cultivation method for each new belief rung to help you move forward. 

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Beth Spenceri

Beth Spenceri

Hey there! I'm Beth Spenceri, a certified life coach and fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon.
I'm on a mission to help my fellow physicians decide "what's next" for them, including how to set and achieve new goals while practicing medicine (or not!), confidently make no-regret decisions, and finally live the lives of their dreams!