You’ve got a lot invested, right?

Do something great
by Chris Atley

When people start looking at what they believe and why they believe it, it can be scary to say the least. This is because it doesn’t mean that you will just change one belief and be on your merry way. If it did, it would be easy, and wayyy more people would be open to this level of personal development.

The reality is that it encompasses so much more then just that. You have built an entire a life around these beliefs. What you wear, how you feel, who you marry, where you live, who you hang out with, where you work, etc. It’s deeply intertwined.

So…what does it mean to let go of the beliefs no longer serving you and how do you know they’re no longer serving you to begin with?

Well, here’s a way to tell. You say you want something, but you what you believe contradicts it. An example is: I want to work less and have a more full life, but I believe I have to work hard to achieve success.

How do you know you’re in turn having a hard time letting go of the old belief?

You want to hold on to that old belief like never before and you resist changing it like no other. So if someone suggests another way of looking at it, you react. You get triggered. Something deep inside of you comes up. Whenever this happens to me, I try to take a step back and ask why I’m getting so crazy about this and why am I holding on to this so tightly? A good journal sesh usually helps shed some light.

So why does it feel so scary to change?

It feels uncertain and out of your control to change it.

You believed it for so long and created a whole life around it. You’ve given it life - you’ve set-up systems and even relationships around it. It will change everything and change is scary.

But it’s scary to stay in the same place too right?! That equals zero growth and therefore will not help you reach your highest and best self, nor living the life you really want.

Deep breaths…it’s okay. And I really don’t mean it lightly. It really is going to be okay. Having the life you want has to outweigh staying the same. Think about how great you are going to feel when you have created such inner happiness and peace, that it is reflected in everything you do. Business, relationships, and health and wealth.

So…how can you let this stuff go???!!!

The first step is to understand the origin of beliefs to begin with. Listen in on my recent interview with Randi Crawford where we get deep into how the subconscious mind works. You can listen here.

We then want to identify what we want to believe instead. You most empowered way of looking at this belief would be __________ instead.

Next, we want to see if there is a time when this has already been true. Dig deep and I bet you find an example I your life and if not then in someone else’s life.

Then say the new belief over and over every day, and create a mantra and visual to remind you of it. Use the example you thought of above to remind yourself that it is in fact possible.

Next, and this is the biggie, look at what needs to change in your life – environment, relationships, health, finances, etc. – in order to support this new belief. What needs to change, shift or be let go of or added in? This will help you also shift everything around you at the same time. The part I said earlier that makes shifting beliefs tough. Do some journaling on this one and see what you come up with.

Last, create a plan to implement the changes. As you strengthen your new belief, you will start to create experiences in your life that go with it, thus reinforcing the belief. So if your new belief is that your success flows easily, you will start to see opportunities in your business to do just that.

Now you also need to be able to receive said opportunities…let’s chat more about that next week…

I would love to hear how you do with this!

Namaste friends, xo

Written by Success Speaker & Coach Chris Atley, CEO of Chris Atley LLC ~ Decisions by Design. For complimentary success tips for business and life, please visit

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