With the coming of the New Year, many people are making New Year’s resolutions. Some wish to lose weight, others to quit smoking, many to start an exercise program and others to eliminate unwanted habits. We often set goals and start out
with the best of intentions. We are usually successful for a while and believe we are going to accomplish what we set out to do. Unfortunately, after only a few short weeks, we often find that we have gone back to our old ways. Not
only have we not achieved our goal, but in addition, our self-esteem has suffered and we do not feel very good about ourselves.
Why didn’t our resolutions succeed? We truly wanted to make the change and we were successful for a while, but then something went wrong and we found ourselves back to square one. The problem is, when we made the decision to change the
behavior we were strictly relying on our will power. Only our conscious mind was involved in the decision. We totally ignored our subconscious mind. While the conscious mind was saying, “I am going to change this habit,” the subconscious
part of the mind was saying, “I don’t think so.” You may not realize this, but whenever there is a battle between our conscious mind and our subconscious mind, the subconscious wins every time.
If you desire to make a permanent change, it is necessary to have both the conscious mind and the subconscious part of our brain working together in the decision. As an example, you may decide you are going to quit smoking. You tell
yourself, “This is it, no more cigarettes.” Your conscious mind thinks this is a great decision; you’ll be healthier, you’ll save money and you will feel better. Your subconscious, however, is thinking you’ve tried this before and it didn’t work then so it’s not likely to work now. You wanted to quit just as much last year as you do now, but look at what happened. You were back to smoking in a very short time. Unless you can somehow convince your subconscious mind that
things are going to be different now, it is not likely that you will succeed. You may ask yourself, “Is there any way I can quit this miserable habit?” The answer is, “Yes!” There is a way, and it is not that difficult.
Hypnosis is an excellent method to help you truly get rid of unwanted habits such as smoking or overeating. Why does hypnosis work when other methods fail? It is because when one is hypnotized, the positive messages and affirmations to change the habit go directly to the subconscious mind. We have a critical part of our brain that censors new information if it is not in line with what we already know. However, with hypnosis, we are able to bypass this critical part of the
brain and allow the positive and helpful messages to go directly to the subconscious, where they will be accepted and acted upon without resistance. We can completely sidestep the critical part of our conscious mind. As a result, we
will have both our conscious and subconscious working together for the best outcome.
If this is true, you may ask: “Why don’t more people use hypnosis to get rid of these unwanted habits or behaviors?” The reason is that many people do not understand hypnosis. Often they have some fear about it. This is very unfortunate because many peer review studies show hypnosis does, indeed, work, and in fact works very well for a wide variety of problems, including smoking, overeating, phobias and much more. In addition, it is quite safe. You are always aware of what is occurring, and will not do anything that goes against your values or moral beliefs. If you were ever asked to do so you would not comply, or would simply come out of trance. You will not do anything in hypnosis that you wouldn’t do in your normal waking state. Hypnosis is like having a daydream. You are very relaxed and your mind is focused. In fact, people who have been hypnotized often say it felt so good they didn’t want to come out of this very relaxed state.