The Ripple Effect of Transforming Habits

So you want to transform your life…someday. But,transformation takes place in the present moment, not out in a vague idea of the future.

Small changes over time are the best way to transform your life.  Most people are attracted to fast and easy.  But real change, change that lasts has to become ingrained and automatic.  This happens by creating success habits and the best way to create a new habit and make it automatic is through hypnosis.

I see this happen every day in my office when I help a smoker create a better habit, or when an out of shape 60 year old commits to exercise for the first time in their lives or when a salesperson starts showing up early for meetings and suddenly these small changes, change everything.  They have created something exciting, a new habit.  Habits of this kind create a ripple effect and will transform your life.  

In the book “The Power of Habit” the author talks about habits that can change your life, so called keystone habits.  You might not want to lose weight or even think that you need to improve your nutrition but chances are that you do. Or perhaps you would like to develop an exercise habit or let go of a negative habit like smoking, nail-biting or procrastination.  Healthy habits do not only pertain to the physical but also the unhealthy mental habits that the average person spends 80% of their day doing.

Hypnosis works with your subconscious mind to not only alleviate unhealthy habits but to also install new healthy ones. Your subconscious mind likes to create automatic behaviors. This is evident in how quickly our mind creates habitual behaviors. As a child we start this process by dressing in the same order every day and the subconscious then makes that an automatic behavior.  Most people no longer think about which shoe to put on first they do it automatically.  This is freeing our mind to do other things.  However when a negative behavior becomes automatic the subconscious mind does not know the difference and simply repeats the behavior over and over again.

The best way to change a habit is to first become consciously aware of it. This is why hypnosis is so powerful in alleviating habitual behavior.  By using the subconscious to make your conscious mind aware of picking up a cigarette or eating the whole bag of chips the “noticing” becomes automatic and this allows you to use free will to change. You can also use hypnosis to associate negative feelings or images to a habit like cigarette smoking and by doing so create the ability to stop smoking much more easily.

Creating healthy habits is easier then getting rid of negative ones.  You will associate pleasant feelings and images to the new positive behavior and with time and repetition, this new behavior will become subconscious/automatic and voila you will have a new healthy habit.

Positive Change with Hypnosis

hypnosis and hypnotherapy are amazing techniques for self change. There is a glut of self help books and techniques for change, but none of them can beat the power of hypnosis. Perhaps the reason it is not used more is because of the negative myths and misconceptions promoted by Hollywood movies and stage shows.

The reality is that due to a lack of understanding, many people are missing out on a technique that they can control. Hypnosis does not induce a lack of control, nor is it best utilized with individuals who are lacking in intellect or strength of mind. I can’t make someone do something they don’t want to do or that goes against their moral clock or values. Some of my best hypnotic subjects have been doctors, professional athletes and highly intelligent business executives, because they know what they want and are open to allow the change or changes that they desire to happen.

Hypnosis is a state of mind that everyone drifts into during the day. Hypnosis is a permissive state. There is nothing mysterious or occult about this incredible mental state. Highway hypnosis is one example. As you drive past your exit you may realize that you were driving while being in a zone or a trance-like state. Time elapsed much more quickly than expected and suddenly you are going by your exit. When you daydream, which hopefully everyone does, that is a form of self-hypnosis. I have had clients who have already been practicing self-hypnosis; they just weren’t aware of it nor were they able to tap into the power of their mind because they have no knowledge of how the mind works or how to use this remarkable state.

Sales people and athletes have already figured out the power of hypnosis. Not to use on others, but on themselves. Many athletes will talk about using hypnosis to perform better. Tiger Woods, Michael Jordon and John Smoltz are just a few of the athletes who have used hypnosis to improve a specific part of their game. People who want to lose weight or stop smoking are also becoming more aware of this power that is within them. Anyone who has a desire to change and a willingness to be hypnotized can experience this fantastic state and improve every aspect of their lives.

5 Steps to Achieving New Year’s Goals

The New Year is a time to set goals. Every year people set goals that they forget or lose track of by February.   Whether it’s because they become too busy, the goal wasn’t that important to them in the first place or perhaps they just didn’t write the goal effectively. So how do you stay on track with a goal?

  1. It’s important to have a well written goal. To know specifically what it is that you want. SMART goals are a great way to have a well written goal.  Write them so they are:

              Specific-Measureable-Achievable-Realistic-Timed

  1. Once you have a well written goal you will need to have a strong emotional desire to achieving the goal. If the goal is not something that has a strong emotional component you are less likely to achieve it. Close your eyes and visualize having your goal and see what emotions it stirs within you.
  1. Make sure you only have 1 or 2 major goals at a time. Any more than this and you will have too many goals to focus on and none of them will get done. A major goal like losing 40 pounds will affect many aspects of your life.
  1. Create an action plan in writing to accomplish the goal. Once you have the goal you need a plan or road map to get you there. By creating a plan you will automatically find the obstacles in your path and be able to prepare for them. By writing long hand you also engage Broca’s Area- a part of the brain that when engaged helps the person to connect powerfully to what they have written in a way that is not stimulated by typing on a computer.
  1. Get the resources necessary to achieve the goal. Resources could be something tangible like money or setting aside time. Resources can also be improving confidence or developing a more positive attitude.

Writing a goal by using these 5 steps will make you more likely to achieve your goals. As in most aspects of life, it is a process. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect. Perfection is unattainable.  By improving each and every year you will achieve more of your goals.

 

 

 

 

Fear during Swimming for Triathletes

Fear of water is something that many people have either due to a previous near drowning incident or simply because as a child they never became familiar with water during play. Fear of swimming in a triathlon however is usually a totally different kind of fear.
Sometimes, it is more about a feeling of overwhelm. Other times it could be from the crowds and fear of being hit while in the water (a very real possibility). Other times it could be from a negative experience of exhaustion while out in deep water. Still other times it could be the athlete pushing themselves to do a sport that they don’t like in order to compete in a triathlon. Another possibility is the fear of failure creating Anxiety and that feeling can be transformed into panic.
hypnosis and hypnotherapy can help in all of these instances. When I work with a triathlete we start by finding out the underlying cause. Whether it is actually a fear of the water or something else that is causing the problem. Once we have determined where the fear is coming from we can change and reframe the problem.
We first start by calming the nervous system and allowing the person to feel that they have permission to relax. Too often driven individuals don’t allow themselves to relax because they feel that it is not moving them toward their goal. The fact is that by taking time everyday to relax and diffuse stress and Anxiety they gain the ability to perform at a higher level without all the tension. Olympic athletes know that if they become too tense they will not perform at peak. Physically it is impossible to perform well when physically tense. Mental tension creates physical tension. We then move on to clearing the subconscious mind of unrealistic fears and anxiety. This allows the athlete to feel more calm and in control. Finally we use mental rehearsal during hypnosis. When a swimmer is able to see his/her self successfully completing the race feeling calm and focused during hypnosis they will find that when they actually do the swim it feels familiar and much more comfortable.
By taking charge of the mind and allowing the mind and body to work together seamlessly, the athlete has a much better experience. They feel in control, calm, comfortable and their performance will improves too!

Get More Mind Power!

Any of you who have heard me speak, know that the functioning of the human mind is a subject about which I am passionate. My interest began in childhood. I noticed that many people said things that were not congruent with the actions they took. In other words they didn’t “walk their talk”. These people, in most cases, were not conscious of the disconnect between their words and their actions. Their core beliefs are what formed their actions and could not be overcome simply by them wanting to be different. So how does this happen?
To understand behavior its important to understand how the behavior is formed. We all have a conscious and a subconscious mind. The conscious mind is where all linear analytical thought takes place and the subconscious mind is where all emotions, memories, daydreams, reactions, habits and patterns, images and pictures and the autonomic nervous system function. Fully 88% of the mind is “subconscious”. The average person spends 50-80 percent of their waking day in their subconscious mind. Your memories and experiences in your past are what create who you are today. To change who you are its important to let go of the past which has essentially programmed you to behave in a certain way.
All behavioral change takes place at the subconscious level. So in order to change a behavior, your thinking about yourself must change first.  This is the premise behind “The Secret” and all kinds of “law of attraction” writings.  When you focus on what you want,  you draw more to you.  In other words you become what you think about the most.  The more positive changes that happen from these new thoughts the more they are reinforced in your subconscious mind.
Self hypnosis is a great way to get more positive thoughts and therefore more positive behaviors.  When in hypnosis the positive thought, suggestions or affirmations go into the mind at a deeper level.  It is this ability to get the thoughts into the subconscious which makes hypnosis and self hypnosis so powerful.
When you use your mind in this way, the new thoughts and or behaviors become automatic.   This is “mind power”.