The old view of the hypnotist using his watch to induce a submissive state has given away to using hypnosis as an effective tool to break habits starting at the subconscious level. Today, you don’t always need the services of a professional hypnotist to help you break unwanted habits.
Using self-hypnosis to break bad habits
Self-hypnosis can help overcome shyness or improve your self-esteem. You implant auto suggestions periodically, until those suggestions become ingrained into your psyche. Once your subconscious has been give instructions, it will put those instructions into action. Hypnosis opens up the possibilities that you wouldn’t otherwise recognize on the conscious level.
A Specific Goal
One of the major reasons why you fail so often is that you have no specific goal in mind. You think in generalities, but generalities don’t move your subconscious to act on your wishes. You need a detailed and specific goal. If weight loss is your goal, you need to know how much you want to lose and within a specified period of time. Your subconscious can’t act unless it knows some specifics.
Positive Self Talk
You can’t expect to program your subconscious if you think constantly in negative terms. Self-hypnosis starts with telling yourself that you “will” or you “can”, rather than “maybe I’ll”. Your suggestions should be positive and repeated throughout the day to get your subconscious to accept your new belief system.
Paint a Picture of Success
Many athletes visualize the outcome of what they want to achieve. They see themselves experiencing success long before they actually have it. If weight loss is what you want to achieve, picture yourself as already slim. See yourself as how you would look in the mirror wearing those clothes that once fit you. This form of self-hypnosis programs your subconscious into taking action to reach your weight loss dream. Your subconscious doesn’t know the difference between what is real and what is imagined. Visualization is an effective self-hypnosis tool.
The more emotions you invoke, the better able you are at reprogramming your psyche into doing what you want. If you are overweight, you won’t influence your subconscious mind by sitting in an easy chair munching a bag of chips. Put on those oldies and start dancing and while you’re dancing think about how great you’ll feel in a fit body that moves without pain. Whatever you want from life, get emotional. Invoke as many of your five senses as possible.
Post Memory Reminders
Hypnosis works through constant repetition. Once you’ve set that weight loss goal, keep remind yourself every time you sit down to eat and before every urge to start snacking between those meals. Post reminders on your mirror. Record a script in your voice about what you want to accomplish and play the tape every night before you go to sleep. Repetition helps to reprogram your subconscious.
Self-hypnosis to be effective doesn’t require you to watch a pendulum until you fall asleep, though it can help if you have a way to embed your goals through auditory means. As you’ve grown up having used self-hypnosis to believe what you do today, you can use the same strategy to get rid of those bad habits and live a more rewarding life.