Most of us suffer to some extent or other from that self-inflicted load on our shoulders that we call self-criticism. Looking back on a particular work or social situation, we can find ourselves thinking ‘You idiot!’, ‘Everyone must have thought I was a fool!’, ‘Why can’t I ever get things right!’, and so on and on and on…
Hypnotised by a critical inner voice
Having mistakes pointed out can be treated as a positive learning opportunity. But self-criticism never takes a break. It’s always there in the back of your mind, like a hypnotist’s voice repeatedly reminding you of the supposed moment of embarrassment. All the time this chips away at your confidence and feeling of self-worth. Not surprisingly, the next time you find yourself in a similar situation you are subconsciously telling yourself that you will mess it up. And you do. All because of self-inflicted angst.
Silencing the unwelcome hypnotist
Hypnosis is a powerful technique that should be applied with great care. However, the critical inner voice is allowed free reign to impose its negative suggestions without any restraint. What you must remember is that this fault-finding hypnotist’s voice is you, and that you can silence it.
The first step is to give yourself permission to not always get things perfectly right. If you do make a genuine mistake, see if there is anything you can do about it. If there is, do it; if there isn’t, allow yourself to forget about it and move on.
The positive power of hypnosis
During the Hypnosis course at Edge NLP, you will learn how to induce hypnosis and embed suggestions in your own mind and others. Instead of chipping away at your self-esteem, you can use the inner voice of self-hypnosis to boost your belief in your abilities, and embrace the future with a positive zeal. You can discover more about applying the skills of self-hypnosis to overcome self-doubt and induce self-confidence by calling me, Pip Thomas, on 02031 450698.