According to U.S. hypnotherapist Roni Golan, every day we are slightly different people. Promises we make on Monday are often forgotten on Tuesday, so the only way to stick to resolutions – especially New Year resolutions, is to believe in them enough to start them immediately.
Whatever your New Year resolution is – whether to lose a few pounds, eat more fruit, keep in touch with old friends or be more charitable, the best way to stick with them is to take them seriously.
It’s easy to make resolutions but difficult to stick to them. Millions of us make them on January 1 but how many of us keep them up all year?
There is a lot of truth in the phrase ‘it’s all in the mind’. Often, sticking to tough resolutions like ‘give up cake’, or ‘stop drinking’ are ruined by the simple fact that we love cake and alcohol. When we’re offered something we really like, it can take immense self-control to say no.
Hypnosis can increase self-control by teaching greater awareness. This stronger awareness enables people to feel a greater sense of responsibility for their actions, which can prevent them from making excuses, blaming others, or falling into self-denial.
According to Golan, to successfully change our habits we must take control of our internal conversations. We must listen more carefully to our inner voices and learn to rationalise them. For instance, we might think: ‘it’s just one chocolate bar, I deserve a treat after a stressful day.’ If we could train ourselves to objectively listen to this voice, we could learn to see things in a different light. We could see that there are alternative stress-busters, such as a hot bath, a good film, or the company of close friends.
Having practised hypnotherapy for seven years, Golan admits the technique is not a ‘fix-all’ for everything, but it is an effective tool for strengthening belief systems and gaining self-confidence and increased awareness.
He says: “There are no two people in your mind, you must understand who you are, admit what your problems are and really want to change them…the minute you do that, you will change.”
Do not be deterred by setbacks. Some days are tougher than others – if you give in, you can always start again tomorrow.
It is important to be in control of yourself and your actions, but it is also important to enjoy life. Some people spend their whole lives on a ‘diet’ but never lose weight. They worry and stress and spend hours criticising themselves in the mirror, but they still lack the self-control to say no to food.
To an outsider, the solution seems obvious – either learn to love your body, or change your eating habits. Once you can develop and establish a rational internal voice, you will be able to reach your goals – whatever they are.
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