It is so frustrating to have a dream that you’ve always wanted to achieve but when it comes to taking that first small step or leap of faith towards it– something holds you back.
Whether your dream is to travel the world, succeed in your career or lose weight, you are not alone!
You might have received advice from family and friends like ‘just get over it’ or ‘face your fears’ or even encouraging words like ‘you can do it’. You have tried listening to motivational talks and read self-help books but are still not moving any closer to your dream. Maybe you feel like you’re going around in circles. Does this sound like you?
Many of us procrastinate but we don’t understand why. For others anxiety such as a fear of failure or rejection, panic attacks or phobias such as a fear of flying or public speaking can be very difficult to overcome.
So, what can you do?
1. Recognise exactly what is scaring you about taking the first step. Is it a fear or worrying about what could go wrong that is holding you back?
2. What are your thoughts when you think about getting started on your dream? Listen to your self-talk. This includes
- fortune-telling – ‘something bad will happen’
- mind-reading – ‘he thinks I am a loser’
- catastrophic thinking – ‘it would be terrible if’
3. Challenge your thinking. Look at the evidence for and against your negative thoughts. Ask yourself “what kind of advice would I give a friend?”
4. Practice the first step. Once you’ve identified what is bothering you. Visualise in detail facing this fear and getting through it.
5. Be willing to let yourself feel worried or anxious in order to overcome it. You can’t get past it if you aren’t willing to go through it.
6. Practice acceptance. You don’t have to be perfect to make progress. Doing it is better than worrying about it.
7. Seek help with hypnosis. Achieve greater confidence and self-esteem to help you achieve your goal.
Hypnotherapy is a drug free therapy that helps in so many ways. It allows you to work through the issues that are stopping you and changes limiting behaviour patterns. Hypnosis can also alleviate psychological problems that cause procrastination. After hypnosis you will feel relaxed, become more creative and better at problem solving.
If you would like to find out more about hypnotherapy and how it can help you get started, contact Lee-anne today.