Curious to discover how to use hypnosis for decision making?
Decisions, decisions, decisions…
Every day, you make dozens of them.
And that’s despite the fact that you might not always know what the next step should be.
It’s also likely that you go through periods of confusion and uncertainty when perhaps you feel stuck and unsure about how to move forward.
But you’re not alone.
Everybody feels like that at some point or another.
The secret is not to beat yourself up about it.
Instead, try to use your uncertainty as an opportunity to be curious, to be open, and to be determined to make the best decisions you possibly can.
Why? Because every decision you make will influence the kind of life you lead.
To paraphrase a popular Tony Robbins quote:
“Your destiny is shaped in your moments of decision.”
So how can you ensure that the decisions you make today will lead you to a better tomorrow?
And how can you use the power of hypnosis to help make that happen?
First, let’s take a look at some of the things that might have become roadblocks to sound decision-making.
What’s Interrupting Your Decision-Making Power?
If you’re struggling to make decisions, there must be a reason (or reasons). So before you can fix the problem, you need to know what’s causing it in the first place.
There are a number of things that can sabotage your decision-making skills, such as:
1. Your state of mind
Are you stressed out? Stress and anxiety are probably two of the biggest blocks you have to deal with. In an ideal world, you’d want to be totally relaxed when making decisions. But that’s not always the way it works out.
And if your head is filled with worries and apprehension, you won’t be able to use it to its full capacity.
2. Your self-belief
Do you secretly doubt the decisions you make? It’s easy on one level to make a decision about something. But what if you don’t really trust yourself in making the right decision?
Then even the simplest decision can become a mammoth task.
You need to be able to believe that the decisions you make are the right ones for you at the time you make them.
3. Your inability to act
Do you make the mistake of doing nothing?
As Roosevelt said, “the worst thing you can do is nothing. In fact, it’s better to do the wrong thing than nothing at all, because at least you’ve decided to do something”.
Tony Robbins said much the same thing, noting that if there’s no action, then you haven’t truly decided. It can’t be just any action either. It has to be some new action, or else nothing has changed.
And the science backs it up too. In an article by Psychology Today about the neuroscience of decision making, research has shown that the striatum, a key part of the brain, is heavily involved in the decision-making process. Its 3 regions are responsible respectively for motivation, adaptive decision-making, and taking action. They work together at different stages of the process
Provided your striatum is in good working order, and you’ve managed to deal with those saboteurs mentioned above, then you should be in a position to feel completely confident about the decisions you make.
If only it was that simple. No matter how well prepared you are, however, making decisions can still be a tricky business.
But the good news is that there are plenty of things you can do to make it smoother and less of a headache.
And one of the most effective methods involves using something you’re probably already quite familiar with:
How To Use Hypnosis For Decision Making
Making decisions is the hardest work your brain does. This can lead to a kind of decision uncertainty when you’re afraid to make the ‘wrong’ decision.
When you’re in this uncertainty, your conscious mind comes up with what we commonly call “objections”. Objections, in about 90% of cases, are not valid objections – they’re excuses.
Excuses are why we find it hard to change – even when we consciously know we should.
The way we can gain a lot more certainty about making good decisions and cutting through excuses is through hypnosis.
Why? Part of certainty comes when you see that there is no downside to the decision.
This certainty is generally not a conscious function, it’s unconscious. Sometimes a ‘gut’ feeling, or an emotional intuition about a decision you want to make.
Hypnosis is a technique that allows you to communicate with your unconscious mind. That’s important because your unconscious mind is the place where all your deeply ingrained behaviors and beliefs are stored.
Whenever you learn something new, your unconscious mind files it away. So everything you’ve ever seen, done, heard or felt is in there somewhere. It holds all your knowledge, memories, beliefs, habits and ideas.
It’s the seat of your creativity and a vast reservoir of potential, giving you tons of resources you can access and tap into.
On top of that, your unconscious mind functions automatically. You don’t need to switch it on: it’s always working.
The reason you need hypnosis to access it is that for most of the day you’re using your conscious mind.
You can think of the conscious mind as the mind you use when you’re awake and alert. It’s what you’re using to read this text, for instance.
Your conscious mind helps you focus on things in the here and now so that you can navigate your way through life safely and successfully.
In order to make deep and lasting changes in the way you think and behave, however, you need to communicate with your unconscious.
Hypnosis is the perfect vehicle for that, while self-hypnosis gives you the option to tap into the power of your unconscious mind whenever you choose.
Self-hypnosis is exactly the same as hypnosis, except you’re taking yourself into a trance state rather than relying on someone else to do it.
Once you’re in a trance, you can achieve the same results. For a quick reminder of the process, check out this infographic on How To Hypnotize Yourself: Discover The Easy 6-Step Self Hypnosis Formula
Ideally, you’d probably want to use self-hypnosis for those day to day decisions, whether that’s to do with your career, your relationships, your personal life, or any other aspect.
Once you’re hypnotized you can tap into your unconscious mind to come up with new insights, revelations, and solutions.
For smaller issues, that’s all you need to do. For larger ones, where your critical conscious mind keeps getting in the way or when you’re conflicted about the choices you need to make, you might prefer to find a good hypnotherapist who can help you clarify what you really want.
When it comes to using hypnosis for decision making, which hypnosis techniques can you use?
Hypnosis For Decision Making: Self-Hypnosis Tips & Techniques
Here are some top tips on how to get the most out of your self-hypnosis sessions so that you can make decisions with ease and clarity.
- Start by writing down exactly what you want to achieve.
Take your time and be really specific. The more precise your goal is, the easier it will be for your unconscious mind to grasp it.
- Once you know exactly what you need, decide on the structure of your session and the techniques you’ll employ.
- Think about any words or symbols that might represent the decision you have to make and write them down as well. Then get on with your session using techniques such as the following:
As mentioned earlier, you can’t make good decisions when you’re stressed or anxious. Hypnosis will help you relax and calm down as you focus on your breathing, for example.
But you can take the idea of relaxation much further than this, using it as a hypnotic theme in its own right.
During self-hypnosis, take yourself off to one of your favorite calming places. That might be a beautiful beach somewhere, a path through the forest, a fluffy cloud, or anywhere that helps you feel relaxed.
Spend some time there and notice everything that you see, hear and feel, especially if they relate to the symbols you jotted down.
Our unconscious mind understands stories, metaphors, and symbols. You can use this to your advantage by visualizing what you want to happen during hypnosis.
You might wander down a magic staircase, for example, to find several doors that need to be opened. Which door will you choose? And what symbols might you find behind it?
Let your imagination run wild and your unconscious mind will help you connect the dots. Perhaps you’ll see a symbol on the path in front of you, or you might come to a fork in the road and have to choose which way to go.
Whatever you visualize, there’s no such thing as right or wrong. Simply go with the flow and trust your unconscious mind to lead you in the right direction.
This technique allows you to remember an event from the past clearly, including the emotions and feelings you felt at the time.
Was there a point in the past when you found a particular decision easy to make? Perhaps it was the university you wanted to attend or the career you wanted to follow.
Whatever decision it was, you knew instinctively what you wanted to do and which way you wanted to go.
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Those feelings of confidence and certainty came from inside you.
Bring that time back to life. Remember how you felt, what you were doing, and why you had the confidence to make that decision. Then apply those same feelings to the new decision, knowing that you have the resources to deal with it no matter what happens.
Hypnosis allows you to communicate with your unconscious mind.
The beauty of that is the fact that your unconscious mind knows exactly what you need. It will help you tap into your own internal resources so that you’re able to make decisions without second-guessing yourself or worrying about the outcome.
And with self-hypnosis you have the option to get in touch with your unconscious whenever you need to, whether that’s once a day or as often as you think necessary.
Give it a try and you’ll soon discover that making better decisions becomes a whole lot easier and more intuitive.