I was recently working with a client for drug addiction.
Anyone who recognizes they’re stuck in a problem starts working to get out of it. As you might guess, he spent much of his time and mental energy working to avoid using drugs and alcohol. This avoidance became a huge preoccupation. Of course doing this can work but such vigilance can make an exhausting amount of stress. A turning point happened in our work when he realized that it is easier and more enjoyable to focus on the things that he appreciates in life as opposed to trying to avoid using drugs and alcohol. The more he would be aware of the things he appreciates the less likely he is to think of drinking or using. Ultimately, if he thought about using intoxicants he realized they wasn’t appreciating the things his life as much as he could have.
I regularly remind clients how quickly craving and habits can be eliminated. Sometimes, when a client gets the result they want they start to wonder how long it’s going to last. Early on I remind them how fruitless this direction of thinking can me. As long as they are worrying, their not focusing on the things for which they can be grateful. As a result, when I’m working with my hypnosis clients I put a strong emphasis on using gratitude to reinforce positive results. What I tell my clients is whenever they notice something we’ve done in hypnosis working to simply appreciate it, smile, do a happy-dance, pat your subconscious mind on the back and say ” ‘at a girl”.
The subconscious mind is incredibly smart and, like a very intelligent child, whenever you acknowledge it for doing something right it starts to do it more. This is true for ANYTHING in your life and is why Gratitude has such an amazing power to help people improve their life. There is nothing too small to feel grateful for; the air, the sun, the ability to breathe. Gratitude only takes a moment of your attention to make you feel better.