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Self-Hypnosis For Habit Change

Aug 17, 2007
You know you shouldn't. You made a decision that you weren't going to do this anymore. You know it's the right thing to do. You know that your life will be better for it. But, You do it anyway.

All the while you tell yourself that it's okay because this is the last time. You're only going to do it once more and then you'll quit. After all, it's always easier to quit tomorrow than it is today.

If you have a bad habit you know this scenario all too well. It seems like it ought to be easy. We all have free will right? Just stop. If only it were that easy.

You see, our habits aren't really controlled by our conscious mind. The powerful and compelling emotions and cravings that drive us toward our bad behavior come from our subconscious mind.

What's worse, your subconscious mind won't listen to reason. It'll ignore the most rational and persuasive argument you can muster. In fact, your subconscious mind isn't even capable of rational thought. Instead, it is driven and consumed by emotions and feelings.

Therefore, your subconscious can only be persuaded by powerful images, desires and intense emotions. But it's not enough to just visualize yourself free of your bad habits because your conscious mind acts like a filter. It prevents much of what you experience from entering your subconscious mind.

So you must not only create powerful emotional images to persuade your subconscious mind, you also have to get past your own consciousness with these images before they will have any effect on your subconscious mental scripts.

That's why hypnosis has been proven to work so well for personal habit change. It can by-pass the filtering process of your conscious mind and allow you to deliver your emotionalized message right into your subconscious mind.

The results are sometimes very powerful. Imagine how much easier it would be to quit any bad habit you might have if you didn't have those nagging cravings; if the compulsion to indulge your bad habit didn't crash down on you from out of the blue with such irresistible force.

We've all been there. We wake up in the morning and tell ourselves that we're going to be strong. Today we're going to quit. Today will be different. And for a while it is.

Then it happens. You've gotten through half the day. You've even forgotten about your habit all together. Then, like a ton of bricks, it hits you; the sudden sinking realization that your resistance has failed. Your mind has already decided to indulge your habit.

You feel guilt and shame at your failure of will power but that's not enough to overcome your compulsion. You rationalize it, telling yourself that one more time won't hurt. You'll quit after that.

Pretty quick you've told your self "just this one more time" every day for the last year. The whole thing is maddening and ridicules all at once. And the sad fact is, you are bound to continue in this kind of cycle until you re-write the subconscious mental scripts that are driving your destructive behavior.

Once that's done you can hardly keep your bad habit alive, even if you want to. Once your subconscious mind has been convinced that you no longer have a particular habit you will no longer feel those terrible, nearly irresistible, cravings and urges for your habit. Then it's just a matter of making good choices. And that's easy when you aren't a slave to those horrible feelings you get when you don't indulge in your vice.

Self-hypnosis can be a powerful tool for helping you overcome almost any destructive habit or behavior. It's gentle, safe, easy to learn and most anyone can do it. And best of all, once you've mastered self-hypnosis you will be able to apply it to any area of your life for easy personal improvement and change.
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