Monday, 31 January 2011

How Long Does It Take to Create A New Habit?

How long does it take to change a habit? 21 days? 30 days? 60 days?

Wrong. Or rather it can take that long if you want to do this the difficult way.

You can use willpower to try change a habit. Eventually the brain will rewire itself to let go of the old behaviour and trigger the new behaviour. However, usually willpower might help you stop a bad habit but it does not do the brain rewiring to replace the old bad habit with a new empowering habit eg replacing the urge to smoke a cigarette with drinking a glass of water. Yes, you do it consciously for a while but not unconsciously which means you will just forget.

As a result you struggle, try, backslide, fight with yourself and take weeks or months, or just give up. Try being the operative word. If you try to do something, you are already setting yourself up for possible failure.

Or choose the easy way with Hypnosis and let the wiring and habit change happen in an instant. The moment you make the decision combined with the right brain tools should result in the eliminating of the habit at the core belief level.

If you want to quit smoking, but say you really enjoy it, or you are afraid of what you will do with your hands, or you have deep connections to things you love that trigger the urge to smoke... you will struggle.

Until you create a core belief that you are a healthy non smoker and release the triggers that keep you hooked on the negative habit of smoking, you will struggle. Every habit works this way.

The brain has superhighway style wiring that has created a powerful network that connects in an instant and forces you to feel, think, visualize and act on that habit without a chance to divert the signals.

Make sense so far?

Here is what happens when you use hypnosis to end the habit.

1. Change your core belief
You are strong, healthy, in control... envisioning all the beliefs about who you are without that habit.

2. Meet your future self, with a new identity
Go into an imaginary future moment and meet the new future you who is rid of this habit. Observe how this person behaves, what they see and feel, absorb that new identity and all that goes with it, then come back out and observe again. Find the values, beliefs, identity and what it means in your life now that the habit was long ago, in the past.

3. Release the triggers
Whatever thoughts, beliefs or behaviours triggered you to keep picking up a cigarette are still there. Always will be. But here is the seemingly magical part of the hypnosis process: these old triggers now take a new path in your brain. The trigger finds the feelings, emotions, visuals, beliefs, values and behaviors that you CREATED.

So you see a bottle of wine, not as a crutch or stress reliever but as a pleasant drink for someone who feels strong, healthy and in control of their your life.

You see someone smoking a cigarette and you unconsciously take a deep breath and feel proud that you love being free from cigarettes.

This all happens unconsciously where all permanent change occurs.

We set up the new beliefs and values in your personal hypnosis session and these new beliefs and values together with the new identity wire new neural networks in your brain, sending new messages to your cells with the absolute knowledge and belief and emotions of what you DO want.

Now do you understand why people find it difficult to give up bad habits or addictions consciously, with just willpower, even when they have good motivations to do so? Hypnosis rewires the neural connections.

Obviously this is totally safe. You will stay in control throughout the session and so enjoy the relaxed feeling:

Doesn’t that seem the ideal way to give up something which is bad for you?

Antonia Harrison the English Hypnotherapist & NLP Practitioner in Belgium and Download Hypnosis Mp3 for immediate, affordable hypnosis Mp3s to improve your life.

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