The Battle of Willpower and the Subconscious Mind

Many people believe they could improve their lives if only they had more of that mysterious thing called willpower. With more self-control we would all eat right, exercise regularly, avoid drugs and alcohol, save for retirement, stop procrastinating, and achieve all sorts of goals. Survey participants regularly cite lack of willpower as the No. 1 reason for not following through with such changes.

 

Defining willpower

We have many common names for willpower: determination, drive, resolve, self-discipline, self-control. But psychologists characterize willpower, or self-control, in more specific ways. According to most psychological scientists, willpower can be defined as:

  • The ability to delay gratification, resisting short-term temptations in order to meet long-term goals.
  • The capacity to override an unwanted thought, feeling or impulse.
  • The ability to employ a “cool” cognitive system of behavior rather than a “hot” emotional system.
  • Conscious, effort to  resist.

The Subconscious Mind

Your subconscious mind is like a huge memory bank. Its capacity is virtually unlimited. It permanently stores everything that ever happens to you. It is lazy and doesn’t like change…that which is familiar is the order of the day!

The function of your subconscious mind is to store and retrieve data. Its job is to ensure that you respond exactly the way you are programmed. Your subconscious mind makes everything you say and do fit a pattern consistent with your self-concept, your “master program.”

So if we think we are a smoker…sure enough we are!

If we think we are fat…Happy to oblige!

If we think we cant….well then we cant!

and so on and on  we go repeating the pattern

The subconscious mind is an unquestioning servant that works day and night to make your behavior fit a pattern consistent with our emotionalized thoughts, hopes, and desires.

All your habits of thinking and acting are stored in your subconscious mind. It has memorized all your comfort zones and it works to keep you in them.

Your subconscious mind causes you to feel emotionally and physically uncomfortable whenever you attempt to do anything new or different, or to change any of your established patterns of behavior.

For you to grow, to get out of your comfort zone, you have to be willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable doing new things the first few times. If it’s worth doing well, it’s worth doing poorly until you get a feel for it, until you develop a new comfort zone at a new, higher level of competence.

Hypnosis can help with that change…..it can and often does keep us on the right road until a new habit has been formed. Once we feel comfortable again with our chosen new habit we find it easy to remain a non smoker,easy to slim down,easy to be optimistic, easy to reach for the stars!   Try it!

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