It’s that time of year again, time for New Year’s resolutions. Hypnosis is an excellent way to increase your chances of success when it comes to sticking to your resolutions. Creating resolutions that are realistic is an important first step.
There are lots of tips and tricks available to help us create goals that we can actually accomplish. One of my favorites is called the SMART system, and here’s how it works.
If you’re ready to formulate your New Year’s resolution, grab a pencil and paper, and describe what you want – SPECIFICALLY. This is the S in SMART! For example, maybe you want to increase your physical activity this year. Be SPECIFIC about why you want to do this. Identify where this activity will take place, when, and with whom. Think about the 6 w’s related to your goal: who, what, where, when, which, and why this goal is important to you.
The M in SMART stands for measurable. Describe your goals in a way that allows you to measure your progress. This can be done in terms of weight, pant size, weeks, hours, months, miles, number of books read, and so on. By writing it down, you increase your chance of success!
The A in SMART is for attainable; make sure your goals are attainable. If your goal is to become an expert guitar player by June, but you don’t have a guitar, then your goal may not be attainable. If your goal is to save $500/month, but you’re unemployed, this goal may not be attainable. However, if you have access to the resources you need to attain your goal, and you are willing to put forth the necessary effort to accomplish this goal, you can do it!
Creating goals that are realistic is always important. This is the R in SMART, and I strongly encourage all my clients to make sure the changes they desire are realistic. For example, if you have a wedding to go to in 6 weeks and you want to lose 50 pounds, I would encourage you to think about how realistic this is. If however, you have 9 months to lose 50 pounds, I see no reason not to plan for that success!
And last but not least, we have the T in SMART which represents Timeliness. Goals must be timely. A goal should be grounded within a time frame. This is why we tend to do better with goals when we choose a meaningful start and end dates, such as your birthday, the first of the month, or, New Year’s Day!
Now add Hypnosis and Stir!
Creating SMART goals, and accomplishing them with hypnosis is fun. Sounds easy enough, yes? It really is easy when you take the time to write down your goals and focus on the details. Once you have made up your mind to create change in your life, hypnosis allows you to take what you desire on the conscious level, where the problem solving takes place, and embed it at the subconscious level, where real change occurs.
If you have worked with me at my office at Intuitive Hypnosis in Portland, Oregon, you will remember how we identified exactly what kind of changes you were after. We looked at the evidence demonstrating the attainment of your goal. We talked about how it looked, what it sounded like, how you felt, and what the accomplishment of this goal would do for you.
Other Tips and Tricks
In addition to following the SMART strategy above, include the following guidelines when creating your New Year’s resolution this year.
Make sure the goals you are working toward are goals that YOU want. Give up smoking because YOU want to. Lose weight because YOU want to. Learn Spanish because YOU would enjoy it, not to appease someone else in your life.
Make sure your new goals do not contradict or conflict with other goals you have. For example, you may want to purchase a new car this year, and you may also want to reduce your debt this year. You have to pick the more important one if you cannot accomplish them both.
Think about creating goals in more than one area of your life. Create balance in your life by accomplishing goals related to your family/home life; your financial/career life; your spiritual/ethical life; your physical/health life; your social/cultural life; and your mental/educational life.
When writing your goals, make sure your words describe a picture of what you DO want. State your goals in the positive, create the feeling sense of having what you want rather than what you no longer want.
Using the SMART system, write your goals down, get as much detail as you can. And make sure your goals are high enough that you have to reach for them, but low enough that you can!
Revisit your Goals
A final tip, in addition to using hypnosis, is to revisit your goals on a regular basis. Edit them, revise them, keep them current, and keep them on the front burner. Remember, it’s never too late to start your day over, or your week, your month, or even your year!
Happy New Year!
To all my readers – Happy New Year! It has been a pleasure writing for you in 2013 and I look forward to providing you with many more articles in the upcoming year. If you have a request for a topic you’d like to see covered please let me know.