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How’s your resolution going?
Probably not as good as you had hoped, right? According to scientists, even though we know how to break a bad habit, most of us won’t.
But Why Not?
Because habits become so ingrained in our daily lives that they’re automatic. Since humans strongly prefer automation, we need huge incentive to push us past our comfort zones in order to force change.
So Knowing The Steps and The Benefits Aren’t Enough? Nope, and Here’s Why:
It’s overwhelming to remember all the things we need to do in order to sustain the change we want. And we forget to sync up our internal world with the desired outcome. Meaning we need to harness the power of the mind-body connection to get us through the uncomfortable stages of change, here’s how.
The Hack For Change
According to Alan Davis co-founder of the Somatic Psychotherapy Institute, there’s a hypnotic technique that can be very effective to evoke change.
1. Think about one pattern that you’d like to change, starting today.
2. Write down some steps that you’d need to take in order to create this new pattern.
3. From the list rearrange the words in a way that you can create a mantra.
For example, I want to get up early and go to the gym. The steps that I need to take in order for me to start this new pattern are as follows: go to bed earlier, lay out workout cloths the night before, set a goal, and put alarm across the room.
The letters for my mantra: Bagc (Hint it’s helpful to have a vowel).
4. Now repeat the mantra over and over until you feel it take on a meaning of its own and the individual components (letters, hence steps) blend together to illicit some sensation in your internal world.
5. Continue to repeat throughout the day.
It’s A Win-Win!
You’ll notice your body attach to the idea or state of existence the more you say your mantra. Once you connect your physical and mental worlds, every time you say your mantra your body will respond with the sensations as if you have already achieved your goal. Which puts you in a state of mind to make decisions that will get you closer to your desired outcome.
Why Do a Mantra and Not a List?
Lists are wonderful in that they keep us organized and they give us the sweet satisfaction of crossing something off. But lists can also be really overwhelming and make change appear harder than it has to be.
How a Mantra is Different than an Acronym
An acronym is something you use to remember the individual components, where as a mantra is a word that connects the mind and body. In layman’s terms, if you can experience what it’ll be like to slip into your skinny jeans before that’s your actual reality, you’ll be more likely to get your butt out of bed and head to the gym.
Everyone Slips But It’s Up To You To Get Back Up
Sure January is over, but that doesn’t mean your resolution is dead. Simply resurrect your goal by using this simple trick. And remember you’ll probably need to resuscitate it several times throughout the year, and that’s okay, because you’re human and you’re fighting against the favored automation current.
Alan Davis, LMFT is a highly trained Hypnotist and the co-founder of the Somatic Psychotherapy Institute. For more information connect with him at: Alandavislmft@gmail.com