Using Hypnosis To Keep That New Year’s Resolution

December 28th, 2011 Comments Off on Using Hypnosis To Keep That New Year’s Resolution

If you’re like most of us, at some point in your life you’ve made a New Year’s Resolution, but didn’t keep it despite your best intentions. January is a busy time of year at the office of Intuitive Hypnosis because many people have discovered that using hypnosis greatly increases their chance of success in keeping those resolutions.

The difference between making and keeping a resolution can feel like a constant battle between our conscious mind, with all it’s desires and positive intentions, and our subconscious mind, full of programming and conditioned responses. It’s easy to get frustrated when we lose the momentum we started out with. Hypnosis provides the opportunity to bridge the gap between the conscious and subconscious minds. Using  targeted suggestions in a relaxed mental state, you can take control of the programs in your subconscious mind and create the changes you desire.

It can be helpful to pick a start date when you’re ready to make changes in your life. The actual date is arbitrary, but New Year’s Day is among the most popular in our culture. It feels good to make a plan; to start the New Year off on the right foot. Using hypnosis to achieve your goals can give you just what you need, that extra little boost, to make your goals a reality!

In addition to using hypnosis to give you that extra boost, here are some additional guidelines to make that old saying, “out with the old, and in with the new,” a certain bet.

  1. Be realistic about your goals. Can you really quit smoking in one day? Yes, you can. Can you really lose 100 pounds by Valentine’s Day. Sorry, but no, it’s not realistic. Make your goals realistic, obtainable, and state them in the positive. Instead of saying, “I don’t want to be fat anymore,” say, “I want to be fit and healthy!”
  2. Plan ahead. Don’t wait until New Year’s Eve to decide what your goals are for the new year. If your goals include losing weight, have your cupboards cleaned out and full of healthy nutritious foods. Have your menu planned for the week, and let your friends and family know what your plans are. If your goal is to give up tobacco, get rid of your ash trays, throw away your lighters, spittoons, and tobacco. Planning ahead also helps you get psyched up for your new routine, your new rituals, the new YOU! Outline your plan – write it down. Buy that gym membership, make an appointment with a hypnotherapist, get a new tooth brush, rearrange the furniture on the patio where you go out to smoke, ask your friends and family for support.
  3. Make a list of all the benefits of sticking to your resolution. Keep that list out where you can see it everyday. Add to it when you think of other great reasons to make those changes permanent. Ask your hypnotherapist to incorporate this list in your session. Record all those positive intentions deep in your subconscious mind!
  4. Reward yourself in a way that makes you feel good about your progress! Face it, the reason we do anything in life is to make ourselves feel better. This is true whether we use drugs, alcohol, food, sex, shopping, gambling, video games, knitting, or you name it! It’s not the food, the drugs, or any of the above that make us happy, it’s the endorphin (and other brain chemicals) release that we love. Find a different, healthy, beneficial way to get that release! You don’t have to give up the “feeling good” part that you like, you just need to find a better way to stimulate the chemical release!
  5. Track your progress, and really focus on your moments of success! Those moments will expand and grow as you focus on them, and you will feel better and better. Every hour that you smoke one less cigarette, or eat one less bag of chips is an hour to celebrate! Keep moving forward! They say, “The past is a great predictor of the future.” And that’s true, if that’s where you live. So don’t go there! Stay in the present moment with your eye to the future.

Making and committing to the decision to change your life is the hard part. Once you have made up your mind that you are ready for change, consider using hypnosis to make the transition from where you are, to where you want to be, an easy, quick, permanent, and painless experience!

About the author

Debbie Taylor is a certified hypnotherapist and NLP practitioner at Intuitive Hypnosis in Portland, Oregon. She is available for one-on-one sessions, phone sessions, and video conferencing.

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