Patterns of Success

Regardless of your goal; weight loss, smoking, stress, fear, confidence, or even drinking too much; the real challenge is change itself, trying to do something differently than before and keeping it that way. Stopping + staying = success. The stopping part of the equation is easy; staying there is what it’s all about.

Overweight people diet, initially sifting through dozens of options to come up with the diet that seems like the best fit. Once the diet and target weight is selected, the dieting games begin. In the beginning, the scale shows progress and for some dieters the target weight is eventually attained. It stands to reason that once the target weight is achieved the diet was a success. Unfortunately that is rarely the case.

If dieting really worked why are there so many to choose from? The answer is that nearly all diets fail which is why everyone scrambles to the next one desperate to find one that actually works. What if the problem wasn’t the weight at all? What if the weight was actually the symptom of the problem?

It’s not until we consider patterns, how they are formed and become rooted, can we more comfortably establish lasting success. Someone sitting at the keys of a piano for the first time has great difficult playing the scale without great concentration. After practice, repetition, fingers fall into place as this new pattern becomes locked in place or rooted.

We have patterns of action like playing an instrument or participating in sports, or driving a car. Think of habits as patterns, good habits and bad habits. Anything and everything, if done frequently enough becomes a rooted pattern and these roots reside in the hard drive, the subconscious mind.

Think of a diet as a temporary, conscious level change, with a pattern that is rooted on a much deeper level. Of course intellectually, or consciously, you know what you should do, you know the right foods to eat and how important it is to live an active lifestyle in order to live a trim healthy life, but it doesn’t matter. The subconscious trumps the conscious mind every time.

Another example is smoking. Every smoker on the planet knows that smoking cigarettes can be a deadly proposition. Why does it even exist as a multi-billion dollar industry? Many claim it is due to the addictive qualities of nicotine but I have seen too many two or three pack/day smokers easily quit with hypnosis. The problem is with the pattern. Each puff reinforces the smoking pattern to get longer and stronger. Twenty years of repetition and you have one deeply rooted problem that defies rational logic.

A tool like hypnosis puts you in full control of the hard drive, the subconscious mind. Creative suggestions supporting new goals are planted like seeds of healthy change. Then clients take the same approach with the solution that was employed to create the problem…repetition. By investing a couple of months of daily ‘brain training’ the seeds sprout and grow long healthy roots of their own.

by: Paul Gustafson RN CH

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Paul Gustafson RN CH

paul gustafsonA Boston area Hypnotherapist, with 10 years of medical experience as an RN, Paul has been helping clients since 2001 to overcome everyday challenges. Read more
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