Self Improvement and Limiting Habits
Hmmm. Limiting habits. Perhaps we need to look at some of our habits that hold us back, their triggers and how they affect our daily life. Like Maxine who’s been in a bad mood habit for 40 years.
Let’s take smoking, for instance. A smoker ties events throughout the day to wanting/needing a cigarette – when he awakes in the morning, with the first cup of coffee, when he gets in the car, when he’s on the phone, after sex – these are the usual triggers for a smoker that make him light up or dash to a place where smoking is allowed. Smoking is a habit that affects your health, your work, your relationships and your bank account. Few non-smokers like to be around a smoker because of the time wasted waiting for the smoker to have a few puffs or because their hair, clothes and skin smell like stale smoke. And kissing a smoker is like licking an ashtray. Ugggh! Bosses abhor the time wasted by the smoker who just can’t sit at the desk and get the work done. And at $4 -5 a pack, it’s an expensive habit.
Or, look at a compulsive eater. Almost any happening is a trigger for eating. They eat when they’re happy. They eat when they’re sad. They eat when they’re stressed and continue eating until the stress is alleviated. They eat to celebrate and even eat to celebrate losing a pound or two. While you can stop smoking, you cannot stop eating so overcoming compulsive eating is more of a challenge. Everything in their life is affected by a compulsive eating habit. As their size grows larger their self esteem grows smaller making it even more difficult to get back in control.
Name your habit and find the triggers. When and why do you bite your nails? What impels you to sit and twist your hair? What triggers your habitual anger? What about your habit of procrastination? Why do you throw your clothes in the floor, or let dishes pile up until you have none to use? Would your life be better if you could overcome and change this particular habit?
They say it takes seven days to form a habit and three weeks to overcome it. That sounds good on paper, doesn’t it? Generally, that’s true. If you can go without a cigarette, or stay in control of eating, or stop biting your nails for three weeks, it is possible to be free of that habit for the rest of your life. It takes commitment and will power to do so.
One of the best tools I know of to help you stop those habits that have you at your wit’s end, is hypnosis. Professional hypnosis is not what you see on TV or on the stage. It is a serious treatment modality approved by the American Medical Association in 1958 and it can be a powerful help in habit cessation. It will get at the root of how the habit started, why it has persisted and how it can be stopped – permanently. It is safe, powerful and non-invasive. You can find a hypnotherapist in your area at http://www.ngh.org (The National Guild of Hypnotists). Call and interview two or three in your area. Most have a free consultation so you can make a informed choice before you commit to a session.
Don’t you owe it to yourself to curb or stop the limiting habits you have in your life so you can get on with life as you want to live it? Hypnosis is a wonderful self-improvement. Yes, you have help but you are the one accomplishing the work.