Use Hypnosis To Make Those resolutions Stick!

Have you given up making resolutions because you fail to keep them every year? Do you feel defeated before you even start to change old habits? Fear of failure prevents us from even thinking about making resolutions. Franklin D. Roosevelt said it best, “the only thing we have to fear, is fear itself.” My next article will focus on fear.{{more}}

The most common resolutions are to: Lose weight and get fit, quit smoking, eat healthier, stress less and drink less.

Hypnosis is the easiest, fastest and most effective way to eliminate an unwanted habit and successfully create new, desired behaviors. Our habits are all part of our unconscious mind and will remain there until replaced by new, better, more desirable ones. Any behavior that is repeated can become a habit. Habits can be good, bad or utilitarian. Using your cell phone, eating, sleeping, driving a car and riding a bike are all habits. Our bad habits are driven by our unconscious mind whose primary function is to comfort us or protect us from danger, real or imagined. Our emotions trigger our bad habits. My clients tell me they eat without thinking about it and often don’t remember lighting the cigarette that they are smoking. When we go into a “habit mode” we actually go into a type of hypnotic trance. Our unconscious mind is driving our behavior. Thoughts create feelings and feelings create behaviors. By changing your thoughts you can change your habits.

Everyone knows someone who has successfully quit smoking or lost weight using hypnosis. The question then becomes, why doesn’t everyone use hypnosis to change bad habits?

I have found there are two main reasons. First, of course, is fear. Fear of hypnosis is based on the perceptions created by seeing a hypnosis stage show or Hollywood’s representations of hypnosis. There are common myths about hypnosis that create that fear. The first is fear of revealing secrets while hypnotized. Because you are always aware of what is happening during hypnosis, you only reveal what you want revealed. I once asked a client a question to help them uncover the cause of a feeling they didn’t like and when they didn’t answer, I asked, “Do you know the answer?” They nodded yes and I was able to help them resolve it without ever knowing what it was. I don’t need to have the information in order to help the client. I am just a coach. The second myth I hear is that “I can’t be hypnotized.” The only people who can’t be hypnotized are those who have an IQ below 75, or someone who does not want to be hypnotized. Another myth is that “I am afraid I will get stuck in hypnosis.” It is impossible to be stuck in a state of relaxation. The last common myth is that I, as the hypnotist have power over the client.

I wish I did; I would have 100 percent success all the time! I have no power over someone else’s mind but I guide them to have power over themselves. All hypnosis is really self-hypnosis. The things you tell yourself everyday become your programming.

Jan. 4 is World Hypnotism Day. I am offering a free workshop on making and keeping resolutions by understanding how the mind works. Everyone will receive a free MP3 for relaxation using hypnosis. Please visit my website for more information.

Fern is a certified hypnotist, life coach and health educator. She can be reached at 203-283-4567.