Let’s say you have a piece of mental programming you don’t like.
Maybe you’re overly anxious or prone to anger.
Or maybe you procrastinate like there’s no tomorrow (or should that be, “like there’s always a tomorrow”…?)
We’re all works in progress, so we all have something like this.
The great news is you can change your programming. If you don’t like it, you can flip the script and rewrite your part.
It’s not about eliminating bad habits. It’s more like giving you more options, so you can easily choose something else to do.
How do you do that?
The first step – and probably the most important – is…
*overly long drum roll*
And I don’t just mean accepting you have this problem, although, sure, do that.
I mean accepting what it’s doing for you.
Even the most self-destructive behaviours have something useful to you – if not, you wouldn’t do them.
It sounds simple, and it is. It’s not easy though. That’s why, when faced with something they don’t like about themselves, most folks go on the attack.
They want to “just stop smoking already”.
Or they want to “never feel anxious again”.
I get it.
But these quirks aren’t enemies for you to fight. They’re part of you – and that means learning what, exactly, they do for you.
Once you know that, you can find healthier ways of scratching that itch.
Some of you reading this think I’m wrong – that you have to pound your problems into submission. To you I say, good luck with that. If you think you can win in a fight against yourself, remember that, no matter the outcome, some part of you will lose.
Others will at least be intrigued by this idea. Maybe even enthusiastically agree with it.
So then you ask, what’s the tactic here?
How can you apply this insight into resolving your issues?
It’s a great question.
Probably not consciously.
It’s possible to know something consciously yet still not act on that – in fact, it’s darn easy. Everyone knows that smoking is bad, junk food is bad, social media is bad, while exercise, genuine friendships and gratitude are all great.
And yet, how do folks spend their time?
Knowing something and doing something are two different things. They’re so different, they almost have nothing to do with each other.
I say ‘almost’ because there’s a way to bridge the gap:
Bring the conscious knowledge into your unconscious.
Anything that engages your unconscious – whether it’s meditation, hypnosis, dream work or dozens of other approaches – can do the trick.
Learn to accept what your bad habit is doing on an unconscious level… and you’ll learn new, better ways of living.
And of all the techniques for engaging your unconscious, I love hypnosis the most.
It’s easier than learning meditation and a whole lot more flexible than it.
Plus, unlike some other disciplines, it’s oozing scientific credibility. Scientists don’t wonder if hypnosis is real; they wonder what it can do.
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