Self hypnosis is a great tool for goal setting and self improvement. Most people are surprised at how easy it is to learn self-hypnosis. And self-hypnosis, in turn, makes a lot of things much easier.
Self hypnosis is usually thought of as a person listening to an audio tape, mp3, or other mass-produced media, intended to induce a willingness to absorb suggestions centered around a specific topic such as weight loss, stop smoking, etc.
Unfortunately, this kind of hypnosis is generally prepared by someone who has never met the person being hypnotized, often presenting unwanted, even unpleasant imagery and suggestions.
For example, if you sunburn easily, that last thing you want to hear about is a slow walk on a sunny beach. In this case, the "self" in self hypnosis simply means that you listen to it by yourself.
How do you incorporate self hypnosis into your self improvement?
To be able to go about self improvement, there are certain aspects in you that should be addressed. Using hypnosis, the negative aspects that are serving as hindrances to improvement are eliminated.
A true self hypnosis would necessarily be designed and created by the very person who will ultimately use and benefit from it.
Unlike the mass-produced hypnosis, this hypnosis is made for the exact purpose the person wishes, including the precise words and phrases that mean the most to that particular person.
The true self hypnosis is thus crafted by the person to suit his or her own needs. The benefits derived could only be accomplished with such a personal, one-of-a-kind hypnosis. In this case, the "self" in self hypnosis really does mean that you are hypnotized by yourself!
Below is a short view of one self hypnotic process. Though lots of variations of this method have been used, these are the basic steps you have to go through in order to hypnotize yourself to accomplish self improvement.
Choose a semi comfortable position and pick a point to focus your eyes on.
Three breaths and close your eyes on the third exhale.
Focus on the top of your head.
Imagine a soothing sensation flowing down your entire body.
Count from 5 down to zero.
At zero, focus on a positive emotion such as joy, peace, or freedom. Try to really feel that emotion.
Count backwards from 20 to 0
At zero, say: deep sleep.
At the point, give the suggestions that you have prepared for yourself - with feeling. Repeat it several times, with feeling.
Wake yourself up - zero up to five. Eyes open wide awake.
Here are some examples of suggestions you could give yourself:
Each and every day I am calm, secure and relaxed.
I am becoming more assertive and confident when I speak to colleagues.
Each and every day I accept myself as I am.
I find it easy to stop smoking.
I eat three healthy meals a day.
I enjoy setting and achieving all my goals.
I am recognizing the many gifts in my life.