If you’re having trouble keeping to your new year’s resolutions there are two things you need to consider before you’ll succeed at changing your habits:
First of all, habits are subconscious. Changing habits consciously is hard work. The conscious mind is tiny in comparison to the subconscious mind and so when there is a struggle between the conscious mind and the subconscious mind, the subconscious mind ALWAYS wins.Why is it that the conscious mind always loses to the subconscious mind?
The conscious mind can only focus on ONE thing at a time, unlike the subconscious mind which can do MANY things at the same time. The powerful subconscious mind keeps your heart beating, your lungs breathing, your temperature regulated, and many other things all at the same time while you’re fast asleep (unconscious)! It works for you (or against you) twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, three hundred and sixty five days a year.
To change habits, you need to have your subconscious mind working for you and not against you. If you don’t, you’ll fail. Changing habits with your conscious mind fails because you can only consciously focus on one thing at time. While you’re consciously focussing on something with your conscious mind it works wonderfully well, but the instant you become consciously distracted, the subconscious mind takes over and the old habit continues. To your subconscious mind, it’s business as usual.
In part two we’ll discuss the second major reason people don’t stick to their new year's resolutions.
If you disagree with me about the conscious mind being the weaker mind of the two, watch the video above for a minute. It’s impossible to see the inside of the mask as concave because you are in the habit of seeing faces as convex. Try it! Try hard!
Troy Robins - Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist based in Oxford & Witney, Oxfordshire in the UK.