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Why Resolutions Don't Work

Why Resolutions Don't Work

If your 2015 resolutions have already fallen by the wayside, you’re not alone. In fact, it is estimated that over 90% of New Year’s resolutions fail - many before the calendar even turns to February. But a local hypnotist and expert on the subconscious says it isn’t too late if you’re trying to turn things in a different direction in 2015.

“We should resolve to improve ourselves and our lives every day of the year,” said Randy Hampton, co-owner of Hawaii Hypnosis Center. “If you missed out on something to start the year, don’t despair - there are still more than 300 brand new days left in the year.”

Hampton, one of Hawaii’s leading authorities on the subconscious mind, recommends that people stick to the things they want to achieve. He reminds his clients that failure isn’t a “thing,” it’s just a word too often attached to the attempts that occur right before success.“You can’t succeed without starting the change,” Hampton explains. “The problem is that too many people are TRYING to change instead of just changing. The word ‘try’ leaves too much room for failure.” 

One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to stop smoking . Studies show that people who successfully quit first view themselves as a non-smoker - they change their mindset even before they change their behavior. Hampton uses this example frequently to show how people can change their world by first changing their mind. “It’s about making a solid decision - an active choice,” Hampton said, pulling from the title of his forthcoming book Now Different: The Power of Active Choice. “If a smoker is waiting for less stress or some magic pill to make them a non-smoker, then they’re likely to end up right back on the puffing end of a cigarette. The biggest step is to decide that you don’t smoke - and once your mind is set on that - then why would you put one in your mouth?” 

Hampton says the same is true for people who resolved to eat better, lose weight, or work out more. “Get your mind around the fact that you are a healthy person,” he offers. “Then you’re less likely to do things that are unhealthy. Failure comes when we ‘try’ to eat better but see ourselves as battling some inner identity as the unhealthy person.”

Numerous studies have shown that a positive body image is one of the key factors that contributes to successful weight loss and success in keeping weight off. Hampton contends that this has to do with a person seeing themselves healthy and fit first and then living a life around that - even while they’re in the early stages. “If I see myself as a healthy person, I’m unlikely to eat two pieces of cake after dinner,” Hampton said. “In fact, if the mindset that I am healthy is solid, then I might not even think about or miss the cake at all.” 

So if your New Year’s resolutions have already failed, Hampton’s advice is to get back at it. Make a “February Resolution” or a “Valentines Day Resolution,” or just make the active choice to see yourself as what you want to become. 

Be more than fine… Be Fabulous!

It’s as easy as …
Acknowledging what it is you really want
Breaking bad habits and creating good ones
Creating and designing the life you want

Every year millions of people create their New Year’s resolutions list. Usually this list contains things that we feel we must give up like overeating, smoking, drinking too much alcohol, and spending too much money.Most of us head into the New Year with good intentions to achieve these goals and most of us have to admit that around mid-January, early February we throw in the towel with more than a bit of frustration.

When you understand more about what truly drives human behavior it becomes easier to understand why people fail to achieve their resolutions.
Most of us are designed to move away from things that we feel are painful. When we think of giving up things such as smoking, or eating what ever we want, whenever we want, we feel deprivation, so it doesn’t really motivate us. Now, when we create a goal list that focuses a strong desire for the things we do want like being healthy, happy and more prosperous we will begin to notice more achievements.

Here is a simple exercise you can do to get you on the right path to achieving your goals.
Close your eyes and imagine, think or picture yourself at your ideal weight and size… see yourself in an outfit that you would like to wear- one that fits you well and feels good on you. Enjoy this visualization for a minute or two. Now imagine your relationships with friends and family and feel the love that you have for them and the love they have for you … and feel appreciative. Doesn’t that feel good?

When you start to use your imagination more …in a positive way, good things happen!! Worrying is just a misuse of your imagination.
When you learn to harness the incredible power of your subconscious mind wonderful things start to happen. At Hawaii Hypnosis Center we teach you how to use your subconscious mind in more effective ways. With hypnosis you can use your subconscious mind to create healthy behaviors and good habits that can be life changing.


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