It is the beginning of a New Year and many of us have made our New Year’s resolutions. Unfortunately, for most of us, after just a few weeks we are back to our old ways. We may truly want to change one or more habits, but sadly, desires alone are not sufficient to make the change. Think back on previous New Year’s resolutions. How successful were you with these goals?
You may be wondering why these attempts are not successful, despite the strong desire to change. The answer may well be because although you made a conscious decision to alter your behavior, the subconscious part of your mind was not involved in the decision, or it did not accept your idea. Your conscious mind said, “I’m going to lose weight or stop smoking or quit biting my nails or make some other change,” but your subconscious mind is saying something like, “I don’t think so, or, not very likely, or who do you think you’re fooling?”
You may be starting to realize that if your subconscious mind is not on board; your resolve will eventually falter. If you truly desire to make changes it is very important that your subconscious mind is working with you and not blocking your success. How can you turn your subconscious mind into an ally rather than a powerful force that impedes success? One very effective method is with the use of hypnosis. Despite many myths about hypnosis, it does indeed work, and for changing habits, it has been very successful. There are now a great many research articles that attest to the fact that hypnosis does work. Hypnosis has helped people quit smoking, lose weight, overcome fears, reduce stress, and alleviate pain.
Unfortunately, many people still believe some of the myths about hypnosis. They may feel the individual is under the control of the hypnotist. This is entirely false. The individual is aware of what is being said, and will come out of trance if anything were asked that went against his or her values or moral beliefs. Another fear is that if the person is in trance and something was to happen to the hypnotherapist, the individual might remain in trance indefinitely. This too is untrue. If something did happen to the hypnotherapist and he or she was not able to bring the individual out of trance, the person would notice that no one was talking and would either come out of trance on his or her own, or would doze off for a short period and then wake up in his or her normal state.
When in a hypnotic state, people are more relaxed, their attention is more focused, and their subconscious mind is more receptive to the positive messages or affirmations. During hypnosis, the critical faculty of the mind can be bypassed and the messages can go directly to the subconscious. In other words, the “critic” will not block the positive suggestions. Once the subconscious believes the suggestions, it is much easier to change the behavior. Of course if the person does not really want to change the behavior, the hypnosis will not be successful. The desire to change is a key component for success.
Think about how much healthier you would be if you quit smoking or lost weight. Not only could you save money by eliminating these habits, you could actually extend your life. How much is it worth to have a longer healthier and happier life? You can’t put a price on that. Through hypnosis, these goals can be realized.
Hypnosis is not the only way to change these habits. There are other methods that will work. But the beauty of hypnosis is that it is not only effective, but it can bring about the change in a relatively short period of time. A habit such as smoking, for example, can be eliminated in just one or two sessions. Why suffer any longer than you need to? With hypnosis you can eliminate the unwanted habit, and quickly begin to reap the benefits of a much healthier lifestyle. If you truly want to make lasting changes in your life, pay a visit to a certified hypnotherapist and see what hypnosis can do for you.