Are Your New Year’s Resolutions Working?


Did you make any New Year’s resolutions for this year? If so, how are you doing with them? Do you know what some of the most common New Year’s resolutions are? According to a survey of 2000 people, the following are the ten most common: diet or eat more healthfully, exercise more, lose weight, save more and spend less, learn a new skill or hobby, quit smoking, read more, find another job, drink less alcohol, and spend more time with family and friends. Was your resolution one of these?

The sad news is that most people do not succeed. While research on the success rate is imprecise, one survey found that four out of five people will eventually break their resolutions. Another survey revealed that while around 60% of people admit to making resolutions, only about 8% are successful in achieving them. At least one-third of resolutions do not make it past the first month.

There are several reasons why resolutions are not usually successful. One reason is that people often expect the change to occur quickly. It is widely believed that it takes 21 days to eliminate a bad habit or to adopt a new one. However, more recent research indicates that it takes approximately 66 days before a new habit becomes automatic.

Another reason is that people tend to make long lists of big changes they want to achieve and overwhelm themselves. They take on more than they are ready for. It would be better, in these cases, to make smaller goals.

There is another reason why resolutions usually fail. This is because people do not realize that a part of them is resisting the change. As you know, we all have both a conscious and subconscious mind. When we are making New Year’s resolutions or setting any kind of goal, we are using our conscious mind. Some call it our creative mind. The problem is that very often, the subconscious part of our brain does not want to go along with this change. In addition, the subconscious part of our mind is much more powerful than our conscious mind, and so if the subconscious mind says “no” to the change, it is not going to happen.

What is needed is to get the subconscious mind in agreement with the conscious mind in order to achieve the goal. The question is, how does one get the conscious mind in synch with the subconscious mind? There are ways to accomplish this. One way is with the use of affirmations. By continually repeating the affirmation, the subconscious will eventually accept the new idea and will then allow the change. Another way is with visualization. By continually visualizing the change you consciously want to make, you again eventually get the subconscious mind to go along with it. The only problem with these methods is that they take a significant amount of time for change to occur.

There is another way that is faster and easier. It is with the use of hypnosis. When a person goes into a hypnotic state, the subconscious is much more willing to go along with the positive suggestions that are made. With hypnosis, it is possible to get around the resistance and allow the subconscious mind to accept the new ideas or goals or resolutions that one truly desires to be made. In fact, one can combine the affirmations and/or visualizations with hypnosis and achieve the desired results in a much faster period of time than by doing them without hypnosis.

One of the positive things about hypnosis is that it feels so good because you are so relaxed. In addition, you are aware of what is occurring, and you are always in control.

If you would like to experience a hypnotic session or find out more about hypnosis, please call Phil Rosenbaum at 248-688-6469. You deserve to succeed in your worthwhile goals.


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