Alfred Bandura, Stanford Professor Emeritus of Psychology, developed his Theory of Self-Efficacy around the observation that people are much more likely to achieve their goals if they believe in factors such as that the goal is possible, that they are personally capable of achieving the goal, that they deserve to achieve it, etc. In order to successfully achieve our goals we need to sustain enough interest and effort through time in relation to a plan of action. To do so, we need to believe that our goal is desirable, that our plan will actually work if followed, and be confident that we are personally able to carry out our plans.
I-Believe gives you the opportunity to rank your belief in achieving your goal from these perspectives. In turn, you then can gain powerful personal insights into the specific belief mechanisms that may have hindered your progress.
In order to sustain our motivation and effectiveness in our goals we need to belief that 1) Our goal is desirable. 2) Our action plan will lead to achieving the goal. 3) Our appropriate and at an appropriate level of difficulty. 4) That one is capable of doing the behaviors necessary. 5) That I am responsible for carrying out the actions. 6) I deserve to do the behaviors and achieve the goal. 7) I have permission to carry out the plan and attain the goal.
I-Believe helps you to get clear about any specific factors of belief that may be lacking for you in relationship to your goal. Once you have identified where belief may be lacking, it if far easier to bolster those specific factors. Once all of these factors are aligned at a high level for a specific goal, it feels like the actions want to take themselves. In order words achievement becomes much easier than trying to force ourselves to take action when we lack underlying mental factors.
Furthermore, this also makes us more influential in leadership roles. These factors also apply to others we are working with to persuade along a positive line. If the other people are lacking in these factors for the goal being discussed they will tend to display behaviors that might be termed "resistance", or "objections". By utilizing this framework it's possible to have positive influence without the sense of conflict that paradigms that include concepts such as "resistance" or "objections" invite.
One way people can get stuck with I-Believe is not knowing how to rank a factor. Regarding that the first thing to realize is that it doesn't matter that much. It might be easier for some to think in terms of it terms of yes or no, rather than trying to assign a number. Some times allowing for a higher range, such as 0 - 100, or 0 to 1,000, or using decimal points makes it easier for some to express the precision that seems appropriate. Other prefer including a negative side to the scale such as - 10 to 0 to + 10 works better. The idea is to mentally adjust the scale in your mind as needed to make it easier to answer.
Another thing that can happen is someone might be lacking in the belief factors around this survey, or a particular factor. In such cases it can help to apply I-Believe to itself and develop the factors of belief around answering the questions that are difficult.
Also, doing I-Believe too soon - before developing the goal further with MindStorm and Goal-Achiever can create low ranks. It's generally best to flush out the goal somewhat first before doing I-Believe.