Through self hypnosis and the possibly limitless power of the subconscious mind it’s possible – metaphorically speaking – to move mountains, not just lose weight or quit smoking. I say just lose weight or quit smoking not because I don’t realise how hard it can seem to succeed permanently with these aspirations, but because I know from personal experience and from that of others who have used hypnosis to quit smoking, lose weight and overcome other seemingly insurmountable problems and habits that it can be done, permanently and quite easily.
If you’re living with an overeating or nicotine habit (or both) it’s probably the case that sometimes you think about how much better you’d feel without them, and there’s no doubt that you would feel much better without them, but almost simultaneously the implications of throwing away that nicotine or comfort food crutch flash into your conscious awareness, and you experience a little mental shudder as you try to imagine what the rest of your life would be like without them. Not just today, tomorrow and the next day, but for the rest of your life.
Many weight loss and quit smoking programs tell you to take things one day at a time, and not think about the days, months and years lying ahead, but how can you not think about it?
There are no precise statistics, but I think that it’s safe to assume that somewhere between 50 and 90% of all attempts to lose weight and quit smoking using the willpower only approach fail, either very soon or within a couple of months. Some smokers stop for several years but the subconscious thought patterns which kept them smoking were so deeply ingrained that they never really lost the urge, years after the physically addictive nicotine poison had left their bodies.
Similarly, with regard to weight gain and dieting, many people start out full of optimism and determination, sure that they’re going to win the battle to lose weight, slim down and generally feel better about themselves. Unfortunately it’s usually the case that before long this determination is worn down by the constant inner whisperings telling you that there’s no need to be so hard on yourself, a little treat now and then is ok, why not just have one of these delicious looking cakes or chocolate and so on.Before you know it, the diet has been thrown to the winds and you’ve actually gained more weight than you had before. A few weeks or so later, you resolve once again to lose weight and the whole cycle begins again.
The reason why most dieters and quitting smokers fail is because they’re unaware of or have failed to appreciate the role that the subconscious mind plays in these matters. If you’ve convinced yourself that you need comfort food, that you’ll be irritable and unhappy without it, somehow denied, then your subconscious will go along with that. You’ll then come to believe that it is in fact inevitable that you’d be unhappy and uncomfortable without it, and it’s this subconscious belief that sooner or later wears down the conscious resolve you had to lose weight.
Smoking addiction works in a slightly different way, partly because you first have to clear your system of nicotine, which is physically addictive. After around 4-8 days the nicotine poison has indeed left your system and you notice the physical benefits almost immediately. What you’re also noticing is that your mind won’t stop thinking about it. The deeply ingrained subconscious belief that you not only enjoy smoking but also need to smoke is constantly working its way into your conscious mind, creating the belief that you’re denying yourself something that you want and need, and that to go on doing so means that you’re somehow punishing yourself.
After a certain amount of time, whether it’s a couple of days or years, something gives way and you find some sort of justification for relieving yourself of this self punishment, whereby you decide that just one cigarette couldn’t do any harm. Much more often than not, that one cigarette is fairly swiftly followed by just one more, and before long you’re back to where you started.
The key to permanently breaking this cycle lies within the subconscious. With motivation, hypnosis/self hypnosis has been shown consistently to be the best and most effective method available for reaching and reprogramming subconscious thought patterns which cause you to believe that you need and want to smoke or overeat. Through relaxation, visualization and positive suggestion hypnotherapy or self hypnosis downloads can reach and influence the subconscious and replace these negative thought patterns with positive ones, leaving you with no desire whatsoever to smoke or to eat more than your body actually needs.
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