Most of the time, much of what we hear does not have a lasting impact on our lives. There is so much sensory input that our brains cannot process and store every piece of data it is subject to. In a conscious state, the auditory pieces given the most importance (and thus remembered) are those that are aligned with a higher emotional state. This can be a positive or negative emotion, as in joy or fear.
However, there is another way to make our minds ‘remember' what we want it to. This is by entering a hypnotic state, allowing suggestions to be relayed directly to the subconscious mind.
Hypnosis allows the mind to acutely focus ‘and hear' while in a deep state of relaxation. This is a state when the ears hear, but they don't have to listen actively. The information heard from the hypnotist, or the hypnosis audio will be able to penetrate the subconscious mind, free of the blocking or filtering actions of the conscious mind.
Hypnosis can be an excellent tool to help a person become motivated to exercise.
How Hypnosis Elicits Motivation
During the first phase of the hypnosis session, the therapist will help you establish a behavioral shift by leading your mind and body to achieve a relaxed state. This state of relaxation will be coupled with hearing a positive reinforcement. These positive reinforcements will depend on your specific goal or purpose for hypnosis therapy.
If motivation to exercise is your goal, you will hear words that will provide positive affirmations. The words you hear will enter your subconscious mind.
The aim of the suggestions and affirmations is to change subconscious beliefs about exercising. Whereas you may have given exercise a low priority, or thought it painful or boring, your new belief system will be that exercise is fun and important. You will find yourself prompted from within to engage in physical activity, instead of having to apply willpower.
Consequently, you will begin looking for opportunities to exercise and finding yourself looking forward to gaining a higher level of fitness through enjoyable exercise.
The positive affirmations that you hear while under hypnosis will gradually overcome your lack of enthusiasm and procrastination. After the first few sessions, you will soon find yourself having a sense of purpose and eagerness to exercise.
For hypnosis sessions to become successful, the person under hypnosis must be prepared to invest mentally and physically. The subject will still have to do the work (exercise) but anyone who does exercise regularly knows that overcoming mental limits is much harder than physical ones.
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Hypnosis overcomes your tendency for negative self-talk
For the positive effects of hypnosis to take place, it is important for you to completely avoid negative self-talk. Language plays a crucial part in changing perception and behavior. Suggestions by a hypnotist will lay the foundation, but you can accelerate your progress by being mindful of your self-talk.
Instead of associating negative words such as, "no pain, no gain" to an exercise program, it is better to focus on positive words. Let your mind instead focus on what you will gain from each exercise routine. This reinforces the subconscious programming provided by hypnosis therapy, building more and more optimism about exercise generally.
Hypnosis helps you conquer procrastination
Procrastination is not just laziness; it is most often caused by fear. An individual may choose to procrastinate over their exercise routine for fear of not achieving their fitness goals. The most common reason for putting off any exercise routine is the fear of failing.
In this situation, it is more palatable to the mind not to attempt, than it is to attempt and fail. Hypnosis helps you figure out what the cause of your procrastination is. Then, with the help of the positive affirmations, these blocks can be bypassed, so that exercise is looked forward to, instead of avoided.