As we start another year many of us will have made New Year’s resolutions; to stop smoking, lose weight, get fit or some other change. We make these New Year’s resolutions with the best of intentions, but the vast majority of these will fall by the wayside within a few weeks, if not days. For some people this will be because the goal is unrealistic or unachievable but for most it will be simply because we lack the discipline or motivation to see them through.
So what does it take to break that habit or make that change? Well sheer determination and solid motivation is a good start, but we also need to believe that we can make the change, and our identity needs to reflect that too.
For instance if you believe that ‘giving up smoking is the hardest thing to do’ or ‘I’ll never be able to lose weight’ then quite simply, you won’t.
And if you identify yourself as a smoker (‘I’m a smoker’), or as overweight (I’m overweight’), then that identity and the associated beliefs will be set in your subconscious mind, where all memories and beliefs are held, and though your conscious mind wants to stop smoking, lose weight etc., your subconscious mind will continue the behaviour because it thinks it’s what you are.
Furthermore, your subconscious mind’s prime directive is to keep you safe and healthy, so if it’s allowing you to smoke or overeat it’s because it thinks you are getting some kind of gain, like comfort (eating) or stress relief (smoking).
No wonder so many people fail to keep to their resolutions! So how do you keep to your resolution and make the changes you want?
When it comes to making change in your subconscious mind, hypnotherapy is the answer. This is because in hypnosis we can bypass your conscious mind and speak directly to your subconscious mind and make the required changes. Using positive suggestions and use numerous other techniques, we can change the way you see yourself, change the way you feel about the thing you want to stop and we can get agreement from the subconscious mind to find an alternative habit that gives you the same benefit with the negative effects.
So if you want to make lasting change this year but are finding it hard, give yourself a head start and click the button below to give us a call or drop us a message.