A very simple method of self-hypnosis is called autosuggestion, where you give yourself suggestions. This idea was developed by Émile Coué in the late 1800’s.
His premise was that any idea the mind focused on turned into reality. The challenge to the idea is self-doubt and negative thinking, caused by judgment and will. This stems from an internal conflict – what you want versus what you believe is possible. Sometimes this internal conflict is reflected in the simplest of ways. For example, a large lake is between the tee box and the hole. The golfer takes a water ball from his bag. This is a suggestion to himself. He won’t waste a good ball because he thinks his shot won’t clear the lake, based on previous shots he made.
Perhaps you’ve had thoughts like, “I hope I get a good night’s sleep.” Rather than “I’ll sleep good tonight.”
Using Coué’s autosuggestion, “Every day in every way, I’m getting better and better”, as it is, or adapting it – “Every night my sleep gets better and better” – is an easy way to let go of judging an idea and start shifting old beliefs. You aren’t trying to say you’ll suddenly sleep great, as it may not be believable, but you will be less likely to judge and trash the idea before giving the suggestion time to take root.
So take this autosuggestion, write it on post-it notes, and put them everywhere as reminders to close your eyes for just 30 seconds, four or five times a day, repeat this with intention, “Every day in every way, I’m getting better and better”. If you want to work on something more specific, adapt it as I did in the example for sleep.
In a few weeks, let me know how much better you are doing!
I’m Roberta Fernandez, a Board Certified Hypnotist and Certified Hypnosis Instructor at FARE Hypnosis, helping you take back control, by unlocking the power of your mind to reach your goals of any kind.