How to succeed with your New Year resolutions

As you think about the year ahead here is a quote that sums up the essence of a New Year resolution that will succeed.

  “Think about adding to your life rather than what you are taking away”  Huffington Post

 There is an old saying that goes, “What you focus on is what you get”.  As you think about what you are resolved to do in 2018, is your focus on what achieving it will add to your life, or on what you will be losing?  Are you wanting it more than you are afraid of it?

 Four ingredients need to be in place for successful motivation.

  1. You want to do something rather than feeling you have to do it.
  2. You know how to achieve it.
  3. You involve other people in it  (e.g. tell people about it)
  4. You are able to imagine achieving it.

 Think about something you know you can and will do – such as taking a holiday.  Do you want this holiday or do you have to have it?  Do you know how to get there?  Will other people be involved?  How easily can you imagine being there? How good does that feel?

 That’s how you can think about your resolution – be it stopping smoking, letting go of excess weight, learning a new skill, turning over a new leaf with your family, getting a new job.  Whatever you might choose to do that will add to your life.

 Recent neuroscience research shows that imagination is greatly enhanced in hypnosis.  Parts of the brain involved in imagining activate in exactly the same way as if the imagined event was truly being experienced.  If this is something you want, then the reward centres of the brain produce dopamine and we feel good.  This has the effect of making us want to do it even more.  If you want to achieve a certain weight then the more realistically you can imagine what that will be adding to your life the more you will want to do it.  Conversely, if your focus is on the downside, the brain produces the fear response in order to deter you from doing it.   If this is what you do, then there are ways to change it.

Pain can be reduced without drugs

Dr Chris Steele  has been the resident GP on ITV1’s “This Morning” programme for the past 30 years.  Dr Steele is 73 and suffering from osteoarthritis in the knees.  Climbing stairs was agony – he was finding it difficult to bend down and pick things up, or play with his grandchildren.  Long term pain relief such as with anti-inflammatories or codeine was unattractive to him because of the side effects.


The Power of Self-Hypnosis

When I first met Carol I could see she was a quick-thinking, energetic woman.  She told me that she had a hiatus hernia and often had reflux at night especially if she ate too much, or ate the ‘wrong’ foods, or ate at the ‘wrong’ time.  This condition could be painful.  As a result she had become fixated on thinking about food and the possible consequences of getting it ‘wrong’.

The Mind - Body Connection

For those of us who blush, we know that just by thinking about an embarrassing situation our skin can colour up.  In fact every thought we have results in a corresponding experience of some sort in our body.  Often this is a feeling:  feeling good when we remember a good experience and feeling bad when we think of a bad one.


Sometimes our bodies ‘act out’ our thoughts in ways we cannot admit to ourselves.  It might be the business person dreading an upcoming speaking engagement who finds that a sore throat develops the day before, so the speech has to be abandoned.  It might be an IBS sufferer whose symptoms get worse when they are stressed – when they “cannot stomach” something.

Be proactive – learn how to become – and remain, calm and in control

For those people in an anxious stressed or depressed state it is encouraging to know that there are things they can do today that will make tomorrow better.

Be proactive. Hypnotherapy Guildford, Southampton, Lewes, Loxwood, Haslemere

When the brain senses danger, the autonomic nervous system (ANS) sends signals to the adrenal glands, which prepare the body for flight or fight by producing chemicals such as adrenalin. The ANS has two subdivisions, the sympathetic, which prepares the body for action and the parasympathetic, which acts a stabiliser and restores things to normal once the need to be alert is past.

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