The Three Keys for the Successful Use of Hypnosis

Successful Use of Hypnosis

Whether you’re using a hypnotherapist or utilizing self-hypnosis, there are three keys to the successful use of hypnosis. These are self-motivation, repetition and realistic or believable suggestions.

Let’s examine each of these essential keys for your successful use of hypnosis…

1. All motivation to change must come from within.

You already know this.

You understand that no matter how much you know someone else needs to change and no matter how much you want them to change, you cannot make them change. The same goes for you. All motivation for change must come from inside you. This is especially important for the successful use of hypnosis.

For example, let’s say you are trying to change because someone else wants you to “lose weight” or “stop smoking”. This just won’t work. I’ve worked with many people who want to lose weight or quit smoking who came to me because their physician or spouse wanted them to change. These people do not respond well to hypnosis.

On the other hand, those who come because they have a goal and wanted to quit smoking or lose weight often respond quickly and easily.

So, before you start to use hypnosis on your self-improvement path, you need to get what you want to change and why you want the change to happen clear in your own mind. This clear intention to change will help the hypnotic suggestions to take hold and manifest themselves into your everyday life. If you are having difficulty figuring this out, you can utilize a qualified hypnotherapist to help you move though this step more quickly.

2. Repeat, repeat and repeat some more.

The successful use of hypnosis requires repetition. When it comes right down to it, repetition is needed for success in almost everything you undertake. For example, if you wanted to improve your fitness level you wouldn’t expect to go to the gym one time and have the fitness level you desire. You will have to go to the gym regularly for the rest of your life. The same goes for hypnosis, to use it successful it will take regular repetition, at least while you are developing your new and empowering habits.

Remember, your behaviors are just habits, things you’ve learned to do automatically over time. The interesting thing is that most behaviors are neither “on” nor “off” but happen or are “triggered” due to different types of stimulation. Sometimes those triggers are stimulated by very different events or situations. This means that you may come to a hypnotist one day with one set of triggers to work on and then feel fine when you leave, but the next day when you are exposed to a different set of triggers, you experience the same behavior again.

The good news is you got one set of triggers under control. Now, to modify your habitual patterns, you have to address the other triggers. This can take a few sessions to get ironed out and is why many hypnotherapists give you self-hypnosis recordings to listen to at home.

3. The suggestions must be realistic or believable.

The third key for the successful use of hypnosis for personal change is the suggestions you are given must be realistic or believable. Your mind will not accept a suggestion that you do not or cannot believe. No matter how positive it is, or how much good it will do for you, to accept a suggestion, your mind must first accept it as a realistic possibility.
For example, telling a chocoholic that chocolate will be disgusting to them and will make them sick is too big a stretch for their imagination to grasp. If a suggestion like this even took hold, it would only last a very short time because it is so unbelievable to a real chocolate lover.

In cases like this, one of the successful suggestions I have used is that the next time the individual eats chocolate it will not taste quite as good as the time before. This is far more realistic and believable and therefore acceptable to most people. Then, with enough repetition (remember key number 2) over a period of time, chocolate loses much of its allure and eventually lessens its control over that person.

So lets review, the successful use of hypnosis requires self-motivation, repetition and realistic or believable suggestions. In other words, its going to take work and practice. But your work and practice will pay off with a better perspective and habits you can be proud of. Why not give hypnosis a try today?

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About the Author

Wil DieckWil Dieck is an author, speaker, college professor and researcher. He is also a master hypnotherapist, NLP Trainer and master martial arts instructor. For the past forty years, he has taught people, from a variety of backgrounds, how to use simple mind hacking techniques to create habits of success.

He is also a professor of psychology and business at San Diego University for Integrated Studies.

Wil runs a leadership and peak performance coaching practice in San Diego, California. He helps his clients create the belief systems of successful people and leaders, allowing them to make the most of their personal and professional lives.

He is the founder of Neuro Emotional Conditioning (NEC)© and has taught hundreds of people in individual and business settings how to use NEC© techniques to strengthen their mind’s abilities to focus on getting the most they can out of life.