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Resolutions….?

DecisionsI’ve never really understood the concept of New Years resolutions. In life, I tend to be a realist. Logic always wins me over.

My belief has always been that I’m either going to do something or not do something. And then stuck with that decision (for the most part). Although the procrastinator part of me has always kind of admired the justification of the “maybe next year” excuse. But thats a whole different blog post which I’ll maybe do later… 

Oxford defines Resolution as follows:

noun:

  • 1: a firm decision to do or not to do something
  • 2: the quality of being determined or resolute
  • 3: the action of solving a problem or contentious matter

So, on a logical level I agree, if you want lasting change to happen in your life, you do need to be resolute in your decisions. We all know that wishy-washy decisions will never last more than a day or two. But this is where the logic ends for me!

 Buying a new calendar won’t magically make anyone more determined and firm in their decisions. In fact, a 2007 study from the University of Bristol suggested that 88% of New Years Resolutions fail despite the fact that 52% were confident at the beginning. 

 Those odds aren’t worth the gamble in my books! Especially if the decision you need to make is regarding your health!

 At this time of year, cigarette smokers are quite often mulling over the idea of using January 1st as their D-Day to stop smoking.  Based on the study mentioned above, employing the New Years resolution tactic  is already setting a smoker up for an 88% fail rate. Depressing odds if you ask me… Now, I’m not here to extinguish your plans. In fact, I want to up your odds of being successful!

 Instead of making that decision based on a new calendar year, why not take advantage of the most powerful tool you have in your arsenal… your brain. Hypnotherapy has proven time and time again to be one of the most effective ways to kick the smoking habit to the curb. At Vancouver Hypnotherapy we have a success rate of well over 80% and right now, as of today, we are running a end of year promotion. We are offering a $95 discount if you book your personalized Quit Smoking session in for the month of December! This is the first time we’ve ever offered a discount of this level.

 You bring your motivation and resolve and I’ll help you harness the powerhouse of your subconscious mind. Let’s get you feeling better and healthier TODAY! So when the bells toll at the apex of 2014 you are already feeling better! 

 Carpe Diem

 

 

 

 

Labels and the Subconscious Mind.

 

I AM… 2 of the most powerful words. Why? Because what you place after them WILL shape your life.

Your subconscious mind loves goals. In fact, it is continuously striving for goals without you even being aware of it. The goals it will work towards are the things you place thoughts and focus on. This is why ‘I AM’ is such a game changer. Now those goals can be positive and uplifting or they can be negative and drag you down. This is where ‘I Am…” comes into play.

To the subconscious mind, I Am is a statement of truth and it will strive to maintain that ‘truth’. Whether it is in fact actually TRUE doesn’t matter. It is considered a personal truth.

In order to allow your subconscious mind to work FOR you instead of against your goals try to change the I Am statements to positive progressive action-oriented truths.  For example:

 

OLD TRUTH                     NEW TRUTH

I am fat…………..             I am making healthier choices every day.

I am a bad dancer…..      I am constantly learning different ways to move my body to music.

I am a screw-up…..         I allow for mistakes because that is how I learn.

See, the new statements need to be possible, and inspiring growth. The old truth was owning a negative aspect. The new truth is owning positive change. How does your current thought pattern sabotage your goals? Which labels have you applied to yourself? How can they be reframed for positive change?

 

For me, most of my negative ‘truths’ could easily be improved with time, practice and some hard work.

 

 

 

 

 

Sirens and their Song….

Slot Machine

Nope, I’m not referring to police, ambulance or the oh-so-famous firemen… I’m talking about the Sirens of greek mythology and their modern counter-parts.

According to the myths, Sirens were beautiful but dangerous women, they sang songs to enchant and lure passing sailors to their island. It is said that “their song, though irresistibly sweet, was no less sad than sweet, and lapped both body and soul into a fatal lethargy, the forerunner of death and corruption.” Once drawn to the islands, the sailors would become entranced and their fate tragically ended in death.

On a recent sunny spring day, I passed through a local casino on the hunt of food for a mid-week lunch, a time when you would expect most people to be either outside enjoying one of Vancouver’s sunny days, or at work. As I passed through the casino, it felt like I was walking the gauntlet of slot machines… it was dark, bells were ringing, lights flashing, and countless people sitting in front of the one-armed bandits – modern day Sirens. One look at the vacant lifeless eyes of the – lets call them “patrons” – well that alone was enough to keep me dashing through in search of food.

 

Addictions come in many forms, and if you’ve ever won at a slot machine, or Keno, or even $10 in the lottery then you’ve probably felt that little surge of endorphins… where the pleasure pathways in the brain are triggered off.. and your thought process goes straight to the “what if” scenarios… What if I bet $10 instead of $2… it can be VERY appealing… but just like the Sirens of days gone-by it rarely has a beneficial outcome…

As a hypnotherapist, I’ve worked with addictions of all sorts and gambling is an insidious one… but there IS light at the end of that tunnel.  It takes some work and effort on the part of the client, and a true desire to escape the song, but it’s definitely conquerable.

If you’ve found yourself, or someone you care about, caught up in the world of gambling, there’s hope. Hypnotherapy can be very effective to break-free, to come back out into the light of day where the sun is shining! Take at look at the webpage we’ve created  here at Vancouver Hypnotherapy Inc. dedicated specifically to this area.

 

I’d be happy to help.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The inner workings of a website

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There was a time, WAY back in the 90’s when I was considered fairly computer literate. I’m talking back before there was even a WWW streaming through all the world…

It seems, however, thats somewhere between 1992 and 2013 I lost my way. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a compete noob (amazingly there are people out there who still ask me for computer advice), it’s just that it has all become so overwhelming and technical…

Apparently I’ve been taking my computer knowledge for granted, thought it was kinda like riding a bike, never to be forgotten…. turns out I was wrong-o!

So here I am, muddling around with word-press. Got some help with a super cool Theme from my friend Vera over at Your Creative Biz. And I was so excited about creating a website, then suddenly my mind goes blank… and the funny thing is, I can look at websites out there and give all sorts of critique, figuring that the reason it wasn’t as slick as I thought it should be was because the author got lazy or just couldn’t be bothered. Well, the shoe is on the other foot now! Here I am, behind the computer trying to think of content for the site, plus images, plus the message I wish to convey,… oh, and don’t forget.. it’s GOT to be pretty too! The layout has to look nice, links need to work. Columns need to line up, pictures need to be edited. the list goes on… and on… and on…..

So bottom line, I’m sorry to all those fellow business people for my blatant assumptions!

Now, if only I could figure out how to change my fonts….