Reprogram Your Subconscious and Achieve Your Goals

That little voice inside your head telling you what to say, what to do, is not your mother or god; it’s your subconscious. And, it can tell you that you are the best mom, wife, dad, husband, athlete, student, secretary in the world, or it can be telling you that you are fat, ugly, a terrible person and that you should crawl into a hole.

Most of us live somewhere in between those two extremes, however, the way we talk to ourselves daily does, in fact, shape our lives and determines our success or failure. The subconscious is created by all our experiences and memories since birth (and maybe even since conception) and is responsible for forming our self-concept — who we think we are —, and our personality — what is expressed. Those who achieve greatness in any field of business, career, sports, entertainment, etc., do not do so by accident. They have learned to harness the power of their subconscious. They are able to channel that inner voice to create daily, positive, uplifting thoughts that tell them they CAN. Others call them internally motivated or driven, but it is the subconscious that drives those successful people.

What is Hypnotherapy?

Throughout history, individuals have used the power of the subconscious to influence, as well as to heal. Today we often call that practice hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy is a type of psychotherapy that can cure both physical and mental disorders through the power of suggestion. By implanting “healing” suggestions in the subconscious mind, the body is able to cure itself.

Hypnotism is not new. The origins can be traced back as far as recorded time. The first practitioners of hypnotherapy were tribal medicine men, witch doctors and religious leaders that used the power of suggestion to cure their patients. And, their patients were cured because they believed in the “powers” of their healers. The first written reference to hypnosis was recorded in the Ebers Papyrus, an Egyptian papyrus from about 1552 B.C., the oldest preserved medical document.

More modern records of the use of the hypnotic power of suggestion to cure, is credited to a French doctor, Anton Mesmer (1734-1815). It was reported that he was able to heal his patients by using “animal magnetism” which evolved to the point where he would simply wave his hands over them to cure them. However, the medical community of the time ridiculed his work and he was exiled to Switzerland, where he died not recognized for any contributions to medicine at the time. But, his name lives on. Have you ever been “mesmerized”?

Later in the 19th century a popular French physician, Jean Martin Charcot (1825-1893) published a paper that was accepted by the Academy of Science. Also, in that time period, two physicians, Hippolyte Bernheim (1837-1919) and Ambroise-Auguste Liebault (1823-1904) started refining the use of medical hypnosis. Bernheim kept records of successfully treating over 5,000 patients with hypnosis, and in 1866 Liebault published Sleep and Related States. They combined their experience and created the Nancy School that taught medical hypnosis at the time. Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) was reportedly intrigued with hypnosis at the time and met with Charcot and even studied at the Nancy School. It is believed that what he experienced in medical hypnosis led him to develop his psychoanalytical theory. However, he later greatly influenced the field of psychology away from the use of hypnotherapy in lieu of his theory of the subconscious.

In the 20th century, two behavioral scientists led the modern acceptance of medical hypnosis. Clark Hull (1884-1952) published Hypnosis and Suggestibility (1933) that described the controlled experimentation and use of hypnosis. And, Milton Erickson (1901-1980) continued to bring hypnosis into the medical community as a viable treatment option for mental and physical illness. He founded the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis in 1957, with the goal of providing and encouraging educational programs that further the knowledge, understanding and acceptance of hypnosis as an important clinical tool.

Reprogram Your Subconscious

A hypnotherapist uses his or her knowledge of the subconscious to help their patients reprogram the inner voice of the subconscious. Just like top athletes that practice on and off the field by continually visualizing that perfect performance in their mind, telling themselves how to do it right, you too can use these principles in order to achieve your goals. To reprogram your subconscious you must first have a goal, and then work towards that goal expecting to achieve it. If any self-doubt, negative thoughts, or “I can’t” words creep into your thoughts, you must tell them to go away! Replace those negative thoughts with “I can” statements.

  1. Write your goals down and keep them in front of you (bathroom mirrors are great).
  2. Set realistic goals. To lose 50 or 100 pounds, may be your goal, but it can be overwhelming all at once. Losing 10 pounds a month or 2-3 pounds a week is more realistic and believable by your conscious mind.
  3. Make a plan and follow it daily (one day at a time!). What are you changing today?
  4. Review your progress weekly and monthly. Socrates said, “A non-examined life is a life not worth living!”
  5. Get rid of the negative self-talk; we are our own worse enemies. Stay away from negative people. If anyone says you can’t do something, chances are they are jealous of your success, and they are trying to steal your dreams. Don’t be around them!

I believe anything is possible by following the above steps, and I have seen miraculous changes in people when they apply them. Believe in yourself and you will achieve your goals. You can reprogram your subconscious towards success.

Dave DiSano, Ph.D., C.H. is a licensed and nationally certified hypnotherapist. He has a background in psychology and natural health, and has lectured internationally on alternative treatments in mental health. His recently published book, Holistic Mental Health, is available at Barnes & Noble and online bookstores. He conducts individual or group sessions at Waves of Wellness Holistic Health Center, 1665 Hartford Ave. Johnston, RI. Contact him at (401) 274-1471 or visit http://www.drdaved.com.