Factors For Progress
Every human being, psychologists claim, has an ultimate goal. The goal may be maintained in the subconscious mind, but it is none the less a final objective. And it is the same for all people, regardless of race, creed, nationality or even physical condition.
The ultimate goal for each individual is Self-Actualization: achieving what sports people call their “personal best.” Regardless of background, education, financial standing or other factors, every individual is subconsciously induced to move onward and upward, to be the best possible in relation to beliefs and values.
Progress toward the ultimate goal, and necessary intermediate objectives is affected by experiential factors – the hand of cards dealt out by heredity, opportunity, and life in general. There are three factors essential to positive progress: self-esteem, confidence, and motivation. During the course of a lifetime, virtually everyone experiences problems involving one or more of these elements.
Resolving such problems is one of the most important and valuable capabilities of hypnosis.
High self-esteem is a basic essential of success. Low self-esteem, however, does not suddenly appear, like the symptom of an illness. It develops, like a cancer, usually unnoticed in early stages, but spreading slowly throughout the mind, until, when recognized, it may be full blown, demoralizingly destructive, and possibly even terminal.
Low self-esteem actually must be dealt with before progress can be achieved in building self-confidence and creating motivation. It is difficult for a person to show confidence when he views himself as low man on his own totem pole.
While poor self-esteem can emanate from events which might be considered personal setbacks (in business, relationships, health, etc.), the primary cause is negative programming from the past. It might be a product of judgmental parents, teachers, authority figures, relatives, friends. Many times, derogatory comments, ridicule, relentless criticism and similar factors ignore commendable achievement and simply focus on and accentuate the negative.
Frequently, these events, hurts, or negative valuations are absorbed by and buried in subconscious memory with the victim totally unaware of the sources of troubled feelings, fears, self-doubt, and damaging attitudes.
But we know that the subconscious mind is the storage house of memory. Through hypnosis, it is possible to set aside the conscious mind, seek, locate, and uncover the detrimental memories which are adversely affecting the personality, and in bringing the problems to light and understanding accomplish a resolution which can free the client from the past and open the doors to future progress and achievement.
The establishment of self-confidence must follow the disposition of past negative programming – eliminating from self-perception any labels such as bad, wrong, stupid, clumsy, inept, untalented, ignorant, etc. Hypnosis can become the source of self-discovery – revealing unrecognized capabilities that lead to an acceptance of valid self-worth.
The procedures for developing self-confidence may vary considerably depending on the depths and origin of the problem. In milder cases, working out problems of self-esteem may be followed by programming which utilizes visualization, creating in the mind pictures of success, confidence, and appropriate abilities. Enhancing suggestions given in hypnosis can be absorbed and accepted, leading to attitude modification and positive demonstrations of newly acquired self-assurance.
In more complex cases where depression is a factor, the hypnotist may elect to use the technique of removal of fears to free up behavior and reduce negative internal judgments so that positive self-feelings and confidence can develop in a natural way.
Longer term results can be significant. Mood and energy levels increase, compulsive and psychosomatic symptoms fade, emotions become understood, clients move toward self-direction and greater interpersonal development Self-derogation is reduced and positive feelings about life’s possibilities develop.
With self-esteem and confidence enhanced, improved motivation comes into the spotlight. Psychologist Maslow defines five levels at which people are motivated: Psychological – food, drink, sleep, sex; Safety – protection, freedom from fear, order; Belongingness – love, social contact, family, friends; Esteem – self-respect, need to be valued; Self-actualization – the need to grow, to achieve one’s potential.
Essential to generating positive motivation is elimination of any fear of failure (or its often hidden counterpart, fear of success). First, it is important to recognize motivations and subsequent successes of the past. Second, a sense of direction is needed (where am I going?). Then comes the all-important factor of “goal-setting”. Not the ultimate goal, but a short-term, quickly achievable goal – a first step to provide convincing proof that forward movement is established. Finally, on achievement of this goal, self-reward. This constitutes self-recognition, a powerful motivating factor. This reward may be a self-treat, or the pride of achievement and self-satisfaction. The lesson learned will be lasting: Success Breeds Success!
The purpose of establishing short-term successive goals is important to understand. A small success generates additional confidence. It creates a sense of completion, readiness, and eagerness for the next step. The end result: MOTIVATION!