Autosuggestion, Belief & Building Healthy Habits: Creating New Routines Creates the Change You Want
Updated: Jan 5
With a new year fast approaching and minds turning to what resolutions should be made, there is no better time to explore the connection between the subconscious and conscious and learn how removing limiting beliefs, and creating new routines will lead you towards your goals.
Surveys and studies have shown that as many as 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail and are abandoned by February. However, by understanding the nature of the relationship between the conscious mind and the subconscious and removing self-limiting beliefs, you can set yourself up for success with minimal inner conflict.
Recognise the True Power of the “Little Voice” in Your Head
The term “inner-saboteur” is getting bound around more frequently these days while understanding why goals are sabotaged and fail is lesser known. As Napoleon Hill teaches, the “little voice” in our head is one of the biggest roadblocks to our success.
Our inner monologues can trick us into believing that the life we daydream about is a life we don’t deserve. Negative inner monologues can lead us to believe that we don’t deserve better than the toxic relationships we are in or the jobs where we constantly get overlooked and undermined.
If you have ever caught yourself telling yourself that you’re not good enough, things won’t get any better than your current circumstances, and no matter what you do, and you are always set up to fail, that is a clear sign, that your “little voice” is pushing you away from your goals.
Fear, stress, and anxiety are all fundamental parts of the human experience, but they should never get in the way of what you want in life, nor should they convince you that you’re not worthy of a happy life.
That voice which gets branded as “little”, can dictate self-worth, self-discipline, and self-image. With the application of autosuggestions and positive affirmations, it is possible to transform your thoughts, actions and words and take back control.
As the adage goes, the conscious mind commands; the subconscious mind obeys. When achieving your goals, it is not enough to take practical steps without addressing the interplay between the conscious and subconscious.
Using positive mantras and affirmations is a great step in the goal-achievement process. Even if your conscious mind refuses to believe them in the beginning, in time, the subconscious mind will accept them and, in turn, act upon them.
Positive Autosuggestions Stimulate Success in Your Mind
The term autosuggestion is often synonymous with the term self-hypnosis. Whether you’ve heard of it or not, there is a high probability that you are already using it – to a negative effect. When autosuggestion is used unconsciously, it can lead to self-imposed limitations, fear, and unhappiness. It can even take people to the extremes of poverty and ill health.
Autosuggestions are self-induced suggestions that people can guide their thoughts, behaviours and feelings. Following the revolutionary work of Napoleon Hill in his ground-breaking book, Think and Grow Rich, autosuggestions are often used in hypnosis practices to help people change their perceptions as a method of self-development. There are two main advantages of autosuggestions:
1. Autosuggestions create new positive self-beliefs.
2. Autosuggestions end bad habits and help to form positive ones.
The benefits of autosuggestions are endless; beyond helping people adopting them get fitter, healthier and richer, they can:
• Lead you towards your true purpose, which aligns with your morals and passions.
• Help you rewrite the life story you have been carrying your entire life.
• Allow you to understand that your past doesn’t have to determine your future.
• Help you find your inner confidence to take with you into your future relationships.
• Remove the fear from visions of the future.
• Show the power of the Law of Attraction; the more you manifest, the more you will believe.
Principles to Follow for Results
Define a Purpose
For autosuggestion to be effective, the desired change needs to be identified, and the obstacles to be overcome need to be determined. Desires and goals should be realistic, but don’t be afraid of setting yourself a challenge – regardless of whether your inner voice tells you if you are capable of them!
Your autosuggestions should always engage your emotions. One of the main reasons why most people fail to reach their goals is their lack of emotional connection to them. If you’re not emotionally behind your goal, you may want to find one that makes you feel emotional when you consider achieving it!
Let Your Body Talk
Even if there is no one around to see your body language while you are working on your goals, how you carry yourself is important. For example, are you working on your dream job while hunched over a laptop in bed? Switch it up and embody the person you want to become – body language and all.
Engage Your Senses
When envisioning your goals, it isn’t enough to have a vague blurry idea. Make it multisensory and make it visceral. When picturing where you want to be when you reach your goal, imagine what you see, smell, hear and feel – live IN that moment. Picture the intricate details of your dream home, office or relationship, and let your mind know exactly what needs to be achieved.
How The Mind Responds to Repetition
Napoleon Hill is a staunch advocate of repetitious autosuggestion to break away from negative self-limiting beliefs, and there is extensive proof that the mind responds to repetition.
Neurobiologists have proven that repetition forms long-term memories, which happen through eliciting strong neurological interactions. Studies have also shown that most learning and the most efficacious learning come through repetition. It is also a way for our minds to identify what needs to be remembered, and what doesn’t. In the context of positive affirmations and autosuggestions, the more we use positive self-talk and limit negative self-talk, the easier it will be for our subconscious to accept those beliefs and the easier it will be to take those affirmations in our stride.
For example, the more you tell yourself that you are fun to be around, the less resistance and self-doubt you will feel before walking into a social setting. Or the more you tell yourself how great you are at your career, the better you will feel when you are working, and there is less of a chance that imposter syndrome will creep up on you.
By working with the self-conscious before attempting to make changes in any aspect of your life, whether that be your fitness, confidence, finances, or relationships, you will start to break the limiting beliefs. While it is possible to adopt autosuggestions independently and lead yourself to a brighter future, the journey will be easier when using autosuggestions in the setting they were designed for, hypnosis.