By Christine Deschemin, Founder, UpNow
Hungry for success and happiness, you delve into self-help courses, take deep breaths, listen to podcasts, and devour books that promise to make you an idealized version of yourself. These resources may cover a wide range of subjects, from career success and personal development to relationship guidance and a healthy lifestyle.
These tools bring knowledge within grasp but fail to address the most fundamental questions: How do we let go of bad habits and build winning ones? How do we create a growth mindset?
Each of our accomplishments or failures is the result of a thought process. So instead of dealing with the symptom, let’s tackle the source of the issue. Self-hypnosis allows you to do just that: Regain control of your narrative and implement desired changes in your life.
What is Self-Hypnosis
Hypnosis is a naturally occurring state of focused awareness that you have already experienced many times. For example, when you are so absorbed in a movie or a book that you lose track of time, you are in a state of hypnosis. Because you created this state by yourself, hypnotherapists often call it self-hypnosis.
In that hypnotic state, you are more willing to accept suggestions. You become more capable of forming healthy habits that translate into positive results. With self-hypnosis, you work from the inside out by removing suggestions that work against you and feeding your subconscious mind with positive suggestions that work for you. Think of hypnotism as a powerful way to upgrade your software with better code, capable of handling the challenges you face.
Reset Your Mindset
Many have heard about hypnotherapy and how it has transformed the lives of those suffering from pain, anxiety, and phobias. However, hypnotherapy can do so much more. Hypnosis is even used in European operating rooms. Athletes, entrepreneurs and executives use it to enhance their performance and self-esteem. What is the common thread between these three examples? Mindset.
Consider the concept of self-fulfilling prophecies, in which your state of mind and your beliefs shape reality and validate themselves. The expression is commonly used to communicate the belief that one is engaging in self-destructive behavior or curtailing their potential.
Interestingly, the reverse is also true. If you tend to your thoughts as if your life depended on it, you might end up with wonderful surprises ahead. By nurturing a positive self-image and beneficial self-talk, you can finally see and seize the opportunities that are always surrounding you.
Success takes more than hard work. It requires the right mindset. You can always find excuses for a perceived failure. You can even find many pretexts for staying on course, even when it is clearly a bad decision. By incorporating self-hypnotherapy into your daily routine, you can clean up the filters you use to draw your conclusions. You can overcome the barriers that prevented you from exploring better solutions, find inspiration and become more creative.
How to Practice Self-Hypnosis
In self-hypnosis, a person gives themselves suggestions to achieve a goal. With a self-hypnotherapy download, you just need to put your headphones on and let yourself be guided in the process.
These audio recordings offer many advantages. Often, they use advanced self-hypnosis techniques, including visualization of the successful attainment of your goal. They also help take the guesswork out of your practice, thus allowing you to maximize results for your investment of time. These recordings also help you relax, which compounds your results. When you help your nervous system return to its default repair-and-restore mode in a relaxed state, you’re not only training your mind but also helping your body heal.
Incorporating a regular practice in your life doesn’t require a huge investment of time. A daily hypnosis session typically lasts less than 30 minutes. It is safe, non-invasive and can be done from the privacy of your home.
Find Confidence With Self-Hypnosis
Confidence is powerful and contagious. You know when you are feeling confident, and so do those around you.
The confidence of a business founder, for example, has powered some of the most iconic startups. It is an invaluable resource that you cannot buy on the shelf. You cannot “fake it till you make it,’ because your voice and gestures (controlled by the subconscious mind) will betray your lack of confidence.
The only solution is to enlist your mind as an ally, rip the weeds out of your mental garden, and prepare the soil to welcome more beneficial and useful beliefs. Hypnosis can help you restore your confidence and reach new heights of success.
Managing Stress and Build Resilience
Entrepreneurs are at increased risk of stress, anxiety and even depression. Managing stress is essential when you embark on the journey of building a business. Stress impairs your decision-making and can lead to disastrous choices, in addition to wreaking havoc on your body and leading to burnout. Stress can even evolve into anxiety and depression.
Managing stress should be the first skill you learn as an entrepreneur. Whether you are just beginning this journey or about to raise a series-C fund, you will experience bouts of intense stress. With self-hypnosis, you can regain balance and build resilience. Over time, you can reduce the amplitude of low periods or even flatten them.
One of an entrepreneur’s most difficult tasks is to keep going despite setbacks. Rejections test your motivation and over time can erode it. Delays might lead you to keep pushing ahead and exhausting yourself. Failures may lead to procrastination, decision paralysis and a loss of focus.
All this changes when you can see these events as learning opportunities instead of obstacles. Change your inner voice and you’ll change your results.
With a dedicated practice, you will develop and sustain a positive mindset that can guide you towards greater success. Imagine how much satisfaction you could get from your daily life if you just allowed yourself to eliminate negative and unhelpful beliefs to welcome positive expectations of yourself. With self-hypnosis, you can put your mind to work for you in any situation safely and without drugs.
Christine Deschemin is a certified clinical hypnotherapist based in Hong Kong. She founded the Renewed Edge Hypnotherapy Centre and is the creator of the self-hypnosis app, UpNow. She is passionate about helping other people enhance their lives. Her quest for effective and proven methods for performance enhancement led her to the discovery of hypnosis. With a strong interest in peak performance, she has helped athletes, executives, entrepreneurs, and individuals overcome emotional and behavioral challenges and achieve success. As a former banker, she has experienced firsthand the stress and tension of everyday life. In addition, she is fluent in four languages and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. She is certified by the NGH (The National Guild of Hypnotists, Inc) in the U.S. and has received a diploma as a clinical hypnotherapist in France.
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