Repetition. . .repetition. . .repetition

Hypnocounselors—FYI: that’s what New Jersey would like hypnotists to call themselves—know that most clients will see them for only a few sessions. The main reason is that many competent professional hypnocounselors can resolve common everyday client issues in as few as three sessions—some claim success in just a single session. More difficult issues may take a few extra sessions beyond that. Yet the one thing a hypnocounselor can never be sure of is whether a client will backslide into their old ways after a few weeks or months or go about the rest of their life permanently free of their issue. A nagging concern of hypnocounselors is the backslider who experiences disappointing results and never returns. Customer satisfaction can be very difficult to manage. That’s why some urge their clients to come back for a “tune-up” at a later date, or to use their specially prepared self-hypnosis CD recording for a number of weeks following the sessions—very often for 21 contiguous days. They know that repeatedly hitting the issue or coming at it from a new angle brings eventual success.

Anyone using self-hypnosis is in a good position to manage their results and, ultimately, their success. Self-hypnosis doesn’t cost anything to use; it can be used whenever, wherever and as frequently as needed to have the desired effect. Through self-hypnosis issues can be addressed from many different angles to prevent your subconscious from becoming bored with one approach. The key to success is repetition…repetition…repetition.

Many of the habits we develop in life don’t come on all at once, do they? No, they don’t. Rather they sneak up on us little by little, often through repeated low-level exposure, until we adopt a behavior without giving it second thought. Later on we say that habit became second nature—a natural, almost inseparable, part of us.

Instead of trying to modify a habit in one big chunk, it can be better for us to chip at it a little bit at a time, bit by bit, chip…chip…chip until we whittle it down to nothing—or at least to a size that is comfortable to live with. It’s all right to accept less than perfect results because we are sometimes not entirely ready for the changes we wish to make. So compromise may be appropriate.

Dividing an issue into small pieces that are easy to work on makes it easier for the subconscious to accept change. For example, don’t stop snacking all at once. Instead choose a time of day or situation when snacking typically occurs. Start first with the easiest one. Then move on to the next most difficult snacking opportunity, working your way up the progressively harder ones, making adjustments along the way, until they have all been addressed. Be kind to yourself and always remember to acknowledge and thank yourself for all your successes along the way.

Every tiny success becomes a building block for the next success. Success builds upon success. By working in small chunks any backslide will be manageable because it is tiny backslide rather than a total breakdown of progress. By making little successes over and over and over we gradually transform the unwanted habit into a new revised behavior that is better for us.

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