How often do you experience limiting beliefs that interfere with a big goal or vision? It's pretty standard and usually requires some work around those beliefs to create enough space for something new to happen. Using imagery can really help bring clarity.
Here is an exercise called 3 Steps to Identifying Your Bridge Belief, but I am going to use a fictional client with a constrictive belief about money to illustrate the process.
3 Steps to Identifying Your Bridge Belief
Step One (current belief)
As we begin to explore the topic, I ask my client to choose an image that reflects their relationship with money.
The chosen image, in this case, is an ostrich with its head in the sand. As we explore the picture, it came as no surprise that the client avoids dealing with money, a subject they find difficult, believe they are not good with it, and it is a constant source of stress. Once we have explored this entirely, we move to step two.
Step Two (ideal belief)
I ask my client to now choose an image that represents how they want it to be - what would their ideal relationship with money look and feel like. They decided on a peaceful river in a park like setting. It symbolized for them a desire for natural flowing abundance and no more stress. They wanted the ability to hang out with their money in a relaxed and comfortable way. The image also suggests to them permission to play more.
At this point, I check to see how quickly my client can shift their constrictive belief to the expansive version on a scale of 1-10. Often it's too big of a leap to go from very constricted to broader freedom. In this case, it was too big of a jump, and we now go to step three.
Step Three (Bridge Belief)
I ask my client to choose an image that reflects the middle - somewhere between the current belief (step 1) and the ideal belief (step 2). The turtle image was chosen. The client brought up that the turtle does hang out near water (aka Money) but also spends time on land to bury its eggs in the sand (vs. burying its head), it moves slowly, and it has a built-in shell for protection. As this image was explored, the client was willing to shift to a more open stance around money with permission to go slow and find their "shell of protection" as new skills and behaviors are learned.
This is the empowering point of identifying the bridge belief. It represents a stretch, it's believable, and it is moving in the direction of the widespread belief. The images chosen will be different for everyone, but my coaching conversation brings clarity and meaning into focus for my clients.