Do you want to know a powerful secret many elite athletes and business people employ to give them an edge over their competition? It’s free, it’s easy, it’s natural. It’s hypnosis. Let me start by saying that I am not a psychologist or hypnotherapist and am only relaying my personal experience with hypnosis that has helped me immensely.
It is your thoughts which determine whether you will be successful in maintaining a fitness program or reaching your goals. Your internal dialogue sends powerful messages to your subconscious mind which in turn influences how you think on a very basic level. If you tell yourself you are not worthy or you feel some sort of embarrassment about making changes to your life, you will not allow yourself to take the actions necessary to fulfill your goals. Your belief system must align with your goals in order for you to succeed. We are all bombarded by society on a daily basis to conform to a certain ideal and can’t help but continually measure ourselves against that ideal. We all have known someone who has tried to discourage us from making a change within ourselves based on their own selfish limitations. It is completely up to each person whether or not you internalize negative messages or maintain a positive outlook of self confidence and belief in your ability to achieve what you set out to do. Hypnosis can be a powerful tool to reprogram your mind to maintain a healthy, positive can-do mentality.
So what is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is the induction of a state of consciousness in which a person is highly responsive to suggestion or direction. The best part is this is something you can do all on your own at any time. It is similar to meditation. The process for getting yourself into a state of consciousness to practice meditation or hypnosis is very similar. What differentiates the two is what you focus on once you are in this state of consciousness. Meditation involves clearing your mind of any internal dialogue or judgements and just observing what thoughts come to mind. This is a great way to see situations in your life objectively without any attachments to them. Sometimes you can be so caught up in the moment, you react with emotion instead of logic and meditation is a great way to quiet the mind to in order to deal with things objectively.
Hypnosis involves giving your subconscious mind specifically worded thoughts in order to reprogram the way you think about certain subjects or situations. Some examples that hypnosis is used for are the quitting of certain habits like smoking, putting an end to procrastination, or sticking to an exercise regimen. While in a hypnotic state you are always conscious of your surroundings and actions so there is no danger of being made to do anything you don’t want to do and no one can make you be hypnotized against your will. You must cooperate and want to be hypnotized in order for it to happen.
Hypnosis is useful in programming your mind to take the actions necessary to succeed.
How do you practice hypnosis? There are a few ways you can go about doing it. You can hire a hypno therapist to talk you through your hypnosis sessions. This is probably the most effective way since you have a professional custom tailoring your sessions based on your individual goals. The downside to this approach is that it can be quite expensive. Self hypnosis by contrast is a completely free method. This is a method where you put yourself into a hypnotic state and silently talk yourself through your session. This is completely free but if you don’t have any experience with hypnosis it can be challenging to stay focused and to recognize when you are entering deeper levels of a hypnotic state. My personal favorite method is to listen to prerecorded guided hypnosis audio tracks. Many very good ones can be downloaded for free online or streamed on youtube. This is the best method in my opinion since it is free and keeps you focused on another person’s dialogue allowing you to relax and just observe.
When you practice hypnosis you want to do so in a quiet, peaceful room where you will not be disturbed for the allotted time you have set aside. Wear comfortable non binding clothing. Sit in a comfortable chair or lay flat on your back in bed( just be careful not to fall asleep). Turn off your phone or any electronic devices that may distract you while in hypnosis. 10-15 minutes is a good amount of time to start with.
What is hypnosis like? We all enter a hypnotic state multiple times a day. Have you ever caught yourself self just staring off into space daydreaming? That’s it! When you enter hypnosis you are conscious and awake but completely relaxed. Your eyelids will become heavy and you will not want to open them. You will not want to fidget around or shift your weight. You will just be. This is the time your subconscious mind is most open to positive messages. Let me emphasize positive messages. If you tell yourself you are stupid or can’t do something do you think you will then attempt it? Probably not. You just talked yourself out of it. This is what hypnosis achieves. It’s basically talking yourself into doing the things you want to do when you are most suggestable. By clearing your mind of all of its surface chatter, it can really listen and internalize what you are saying to it. Pretty simple huh?
So decide what things you want to achieve or how you want to perceive things and start practicing hypnosis today. You will be amazed at the profound transformation that takes place in the way you see yourself and the world you live in. It worked for me!
Jeremy NyQuist CPT