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.