With the New Year just around the corner, have you thought about making a New Year’s Resolution? If you are, then you’re not alone. A recent study in the Journal of Clinical Psychology found that approximately half of the population will resolve to do something that will make their live better in some way. That same study, conducted at the University of Scranton, found that only 40 percent will stick to their resolution of up to six months. Why is it that those who embark on a New Year’s Resolution are likely to encounter failure?

First, many people take the approach that willpower, and willpower alone, will propel them to make the changes that they desire. Sure, you may know someone who smoked for 30 years and one day they decided that they’d simply had enough and quit right then and there. Yes, there are people that can do that. For most people however, willpower alone is not enough to create everlasting change. To make an analogy, willpower is to the human mind what adrenaline is to the physical body. Willpower will provide a short burst of either mental or physical energy that will carry you through a finite period of time. Unfortunately willpower is fleeting and, in most cases, its potency is short-lived.

Along with the tenuous nature of willpower, for many people their New Year’s Resolutions have been associated with negative feelings, disappointments, and past failures. For most people it’s not enough to make a conscious decision to stop smoking, lose weight, or embark on any change because the acceptance of any new habit pattern requires both repetition and subconscious reprogramming. Without any change at a subconscious level, your conscious decision to make the desired change will be defeated by your own subconscious belief that you need a cigarette when you’re stressed or that you need to eat something because you’re bored or lonely. If your conscious and subconscious minds are pitted against one another then it’s no contest, your subconscious mind will prevail every time. So how can you program subconscious mind to achieve your New Year’s resolution? The answer is hypnosis.

Simply stated hypnosis is the bypassing the critical factor of the conscious mind where new thoughts, ideas, and concepts are allowed enter the subconscious mind. Think of the subconscious mind as a computer. The subconscious mind houses all of your life’s experiences going all the way back to your birth. And just like any computer the subconscious mind can be programmed, reprogrammed, or even updated with new and improved “software” through hypnotic suggestions. With hypnosis, what was once every reason to reach for a cigarette or over eat, or become fearful of something; can now become every reason to take control over that behavior.

While hypnosis has been around for hundreds of years, and this science has become more accepted over the last two decades, unfortunately there remains a lot of misperceptions about it. One of those is that there is a loss of control when you’re hypnotized. To the contrary, in hypnosis you actually have more control than you do in your normal day-to-day function. In reality, hypnosis is simply a process that allows you to take back control. As I mentioned earlier, hypnosis is the bypassing the critical factor of the conscious mind. The critical factor resides between the conscious and the subconscious minds and its job is to communicate with the subconscious to decide whether or not it’s willing to allow the suggestion to enter. As long as the suggestions that are given to you while you’re hypnotized are in accord with what you want to have operate in your life then the subconscious mind will accept them and changes can begin to occur.  If the suggestions are not in agreement with what you want, or it there’s something uncomfortable about them, then they’re rejected and sent to the conscious mind, specifically to willpower, which as I mentioned earlier, is not conducive to long-term change.

If you’re wondering if you can be hypnotized, the only thing that prevents an individual from entering hypnosis is a fear of being hypnotized. We all go into a form of hypnosis all the time, in fact, many times a day while drive our cars, reading books, watching movies, or simply being engrossed in something that commands our attention. It’s an ability that we all possess so why not use this ability that you already possess to create positive change in your life?

I hope 2017 proves to be the year that you ignite the magic within you to achieve all your goals and dreams. Happy New Year!

Michael Salerno
The Truth about Hypnosis

Poughkeepsie Journal/Living & Being, January 2017

Serving the Mid-Hudson Valley (NY)

Conquer your New Year's resolutions with hypnosis