“I’ve tried hypnosis in the past but it didn’t work.” This is something I’ve heard more times than I can count — at parties, workshops, networking events, expo’s and even in my own office. Most of the time, people attribute this to the false belief that they are not hypnotizable. While I personally have never encountered someone who was not hypnotizable, I do find there are some people who suspend disbelief more easily than others. Just like with anything else in life, there are some who run head long into the subconscious playground and others who take a bit more time. There is no right or wrong way to do this work. Yet, before you default to the notion that hypnosis is not effective or that you are not able to be hypnotized, consider the following success factors to that contribute to a positive outcome.
Success Factors (click to expand each section)
When people say to me “I’ve tried hypnosis in the past but it didn’t work,” I am quick to reply, “what do you mean by you tried?” “What exactly did you do to drive your success?” No blame or shame implied here, just curious about one’s perception of their own effort and role in the process. More often than not, I find that they gave up after one session. Baring extraordinary circumstances, hypnosis DOES work and for more issues, conditions, problems and opportunities than you ever imagined. But effort is key if you want that positive outcome. Half-hearted input into this process will yield the same output. If you think hypnosis will just magically stop a behavior without your involvement, think again. It will definitely help you feel different. It can even create a disconnect with a certain triggers and hot buttons, but unless you make an effort to do something with that new awareness, you may never know you experienced a shift in the first place.
Making an effort also includes listening to the recordings, collecting the evidence, making observations, pushing through triggers and having faith in yourself. You can’t really say you tried, if you are NOT doing these things.
Is it fair for me to put responsibility back on the client to help drive the change? Why not? People pay me for MY best effort, so why shouldn’t you bring yours? There are plenty of practitioners who will continue to take money while clients make half-hearted attempts to change. But that’s not me. I do this work because it works. It changed my life and everything I learned is yours for the asking — the opportunity to create the shift, the tools to sustain the shift and the momentum to create more of it in other areas of life. All I ask is that you TRY.