"Oh cool. Can you help me get over my fear of spiders?"
"Nice. Can you help me start a workout routine?"
"I have a weird question. Can you help me get over my phobia of peaches?"
"That is interesting. Can you help me learn to swim?"
I love it. Of course people would immediately think of their habits that they want to change. The truth is I could actually help with the above questions. Hypnosis works great for fears and phobias and it's really good if you want to change habits. But my focus right now is on smokers who want to quit.
I've been thinking about the nature of habits and what is at the core of shifting them. Specifically, I've been contemplating what the first step toward personal transformation in any context would be. What I always come up with is commitment. Before anything, you must truly commit to a decision, a new attitude or action. Many of us want to change, but we don't want to commit to the action that creates that change. If you are not committed it's not going to work. This is true even with smokers who want to quit; for the hypnotherapy process to work they must truly be committed and motivated to quit otherwise the magic won't work and the shift won't happen.
The commitment doesn't always have to be very big. In fact, in order to set yourself up for success I would recommend starting small. Make commitments toward changing small habits so you can feel great about succeeding.
Here are a few things that have helped me to commit to new habits:
--Have a friend hold you accountable in some way. Like a workout buddy or homework buddy.
--Set a specific time frame to try the new habit. For example, try something for a week (or 100 days) and then reassess.
--Set a reminder on your phone and then make sure your you actually do it.
Habits are very powerful. What you do/think daily defines your life. Want to change something about your life? Commit to something different.
What is your new commitment today?
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