When a novice fails to recognize that their self-hypnosis autosuggestions are working, he or she can fall into a trap of believing that early success is a result of conscious effort, or will power, rather than self-hypnosis. This may lead the person to abandon self-hypnosis just when it starts working. Then backsliding starts.
Whenever a self-hypnosis programmed behavior emerges there is no angelic hallelujah chorus heralding its arrival. It is more subtle than that and it happens just as natural as can be, without any warning or giving it any conscious thought. A changed behavior feels every bit as ordinary as the unwanted behavior it replaced—if there is any feeling to it at all. This can lead some to doubt that self-hypnosis played any role in the improvement or had any effect.
Within your self-hypnosis routine it is important to include imagery of yourself acknowledging the changed behavior. Do this by seeing yourself—as if you are watching yourself on a movie screen—becoming pleasantly aware of the changed behavior and then having a satisfying reaction to it. Include feelings of accomplishment, control, pride, or happiness, etc. Choose feelings and reactions that are appropriate for the situation you are working on. By doing this you “tag” your autosuggestions with emotional markers that can help you identify the changed behavior as originating from your subconscious mind. When you act out the new behavior those reactions and feelings will also accompany the behavior. Then you’ll know that your autosuggestions are responsible for the changes—and what a great feeling that is.