Overview: Can you motivate yourself with hypnosis? Learn how hypnosis for success works and how it can build your ambition and motivation.
Imposter's syndrome, fear of success, perfectionism, fear of failure…
Roadblocks to success take many forms, but all of them share a commonality. They're caused by faulty thinking.
We develop subconscious emotions, fears, and attachments that keep these roadblocks in place. For example, people who struggle with perfectionism think if it's not perfect, why bother. Or the anxiety of being perfect drives them to inaction.
Ultimately, overcoming this fear requires removing the subconscious block – the fear.
Hypnosis can help you be more successful, more motivated, and ambitious.
The idea is simple: Hypnosis allows us to access to subconscious. We can then begin to identify our success blockers and reframe them into more helpful, productive associations and attachments.
The perfectionist might learn that success requires continuous improvement, small imperfect steps along the way. Or someone fearing failure might learn to embrace failure, and change their emotional response to failure. Rather than anxiety, they might attach emotions of success; failure is progress after all.
What's Holding You Back from Success?
Recognizing what's holding you back is the first step in improving success with hypnosis.
Generally, if you aren't feeling motivated and getting things done, you might recognize these warning signs:
- Losing interest in subjects fast
- Putting things off
- Failing to finish tasks
- Losing track of goals and objectives
- Feeling like you could be accomplishing more
- Feeling depressed, anxious or gloomy
Roadblocks to success
Ultimately, there are numerous roadblocks holding us back from success. Some of the most common include a lack of motivation and ambition, over-criticalness, fear of success, and fear of failure.
Feeling Overwhelmed. A complex task can easily overwhelm us. Rather than get started, it’s easier to just not. The subconscious won’t allow us to break a task down into manageable parts, and we only see it broadly. We don't even know where to begin.
Negative Self-Talk. Taming your inner critical is a key to success. A lack of motivation is often caused by letting the subconscious tell us that we’re not good enough or that we shouldn’t even try.
People Pleasing. People pleasers always think about others before themselves, and this prevents success. They don’t get a chance to think about what it is they want, and what their goals are. The subconscious must be re-trained put you first.
Fear of Failure / Success. Fear is a leading cause of inaction. Taming these fears and reframing them as motivators can help you move forward and succeed.
Lack of Confidence. When we don’t believe in ourselves or have imposter's syndrome, it’s much easier to not do something. We have to retrain the mind to expect success and to build confidence. Hypnosis is great for building confidence.
Focusing on the Unpleasantness. Some tasks aren’t pleasant, but they have to get done. Cleaning the oven, balancing a checkbook, paying bills. When we let the subconscious think about how hard or unpleasant a task will be, that can prevent us from checking tasks off our to-do lists.
Procrastination. Finally, procrastination might be the root cause of our motivational troubles. When we let the mind put tasks off, we fall into a cycle. Overcoming procrastination with hypnosis can instantly improve your success.
How Hypnosis for Success and Motivation Works
Hypnosis is a process that helps you reach a state of relaxation and hyper-focus.
This process is very similar to meditation. However, once you reach this state, you open a direct line of communication with the subconscious.
You can first learn what fears, emotions, and attachments the subconscious holds for success. Plus, during hypnosis, the subconscious is very open to suggestions and new information.
Therefore, you can bypass and update existing roadblocks and replace them with new thinking patterns.
What the process is like
You can practice hypnosis by listening to a hypnosis app or working with a certified hypnotherapist. Once you reach a state of relaxation, the recording or hypnotherapist will provide suggestions to help you subconscious form new connections.
These carefully worded suggestions empower the subconscious to change and unseat some of those harmful patterns that control our lives.
This success hypnosis video will provide you with an idea of how the process works:
Generally, you'll want to continue this process, and overtime, you can begin to remove and replace those unwanted triggers that are holding you back from success.
Although you might notice positive changes after a single session, the more you practice hypnotherapy, the more these suggestions will stick and create lasting positive change in your life.
How Hypnosis Helps Motivate You
With hypnotherapy, our goal is to teach the subconscious new patterns of thought. Generally, this means reframing negative thinking, and forming new emotional attachments to success.
This can look differently for every person. Some might need to reduce the anxiety that's caused by a fear of failure. Others might need to build confidence.
Some of the most common ways hypnosis can empower you include:
- Get You Excited About Success: Wanting to succeed is a powerful motivator, and through hypnosis, we can change how the mind views success. In particular, we can use hypnosis to get the subconscious excited about reaching goals and accomplishing more.
- Improving Our Sense of Responsibility: This sense of responsibility diminishes over time. Hypnosis can help us to foster and reestablish this sense of drive, a powerful tool for keeping us motivated.
- Removing Negative Thinking Patterns: Many of those causes of a lack of motivation – fear of failure, feeling overwhelmed, etc. – require us to work with the subconscious, and reprogram its natural, automatic responses. Through hypnosis, we can feed the subconscious suggestions for new, more positive ways of thinking.
- Building Confidence: If we envision success and even expect it, we’re much more likely to achieve it and stay motivated. Through hypnosis, we can reprogram the subconscious to be a powerful ally, encouraging and helping us to belief in our abilities.
- Reducing Anxiety: Anxiety and fear work hand-in-hand. Hypnosis for anxiety allows us to address fears and change the way the subconscious tells us to respond to stress.
Does Motivational Hypnosis Work? A Review of Research
You’ll notice effects after a single hypnosis session – whether you listen to a recording in an app, or go to a one-on-one hypnosis session. Some common benefits of using hypnosis for motivation include:
- Short-Term Benefits: A single hypnosis session will help you to feel relief, a sense of calm and it can greatly alter your mood. If you’re feeling anxious about starting a project, or stress from piling up deadlines, a self- or guided hypnotherapy session will help you to calm the mind, refocus your energy, and energize you to stay motivated.
- Long-Term Benefits: Practicing self-hypnosis or going to one-on-one sessions regularly will empower you to find sustained motivation. You’ll be rebuilding your subconscious to encourage and push you to succeed. A regular hypnosis plan will help you foster ambition and passion, and help you completely remove unhelpful subconscious thinking patterns.
Clinical Research and Trials
Hypnotherapy research shows it works, for everything from improving success, to quitting a video game addiction. In terms of research into success, motivation and ambition, hypnotherapy has been shown to:
Procrastination. A 2012 study, for example, examined how hypnosis could help people with anxiety overcome procrastination. After undergoing hypnotherapy, the participants reported lower procrastination scores, which suggests that hypnosis can improve motivation. Another study found that hypnosis could help roughly half of college students in the study overcome procrastination.
Visualizing Success. Hypnosis is a powerful visualization tool. One study looked at student success rates after visualizing their success from a third-person perspective. Ultimately, the study found that this form of visualization boosts motivation and helped to improve perceptions of success.
Improved Sleep / Relaxation. If stress and anxiety are holding you back, hypnosis can help you unwind and get better sleep. Sleep is often a powerful motivator, and when we feel fully rested, we can accomplish more. One study found that hypnosis for sleep resulted in spending 80% more time in deep sleep.
Goal Attainment. A small research study of students found that hypnosis resulted in significantly greater goal attainment in subjects. Ultimately, hypnosis can help you set goals and visualize success.
Try Motivational Hypnosis Today
Try hypnosis today and find your hidden ambition. Grace offers numerous options for getting started:
- Private Hypnotherapy Sessions – Meet with a certified hypnotherapist.
- Hypnosis App – Listen to guided sessions in the Grace app.
- Hypnosis Books – Read the bestseller Close Your Eyes, Get Free and learn techniques for relaxation, motivation, and to feel inspired.
This is very comprehensive and thorough! I’ve been wanting to start so many things, like guitar and piano, but I have a fear I won’t be as good as I want to be, or it’ll feel like when I was forced to have lessons as a kid with a miserable teacher. Or worse, if I played an instrument well, I’d have to perform for people all the time even If I wasn’t in the mood. What you wrote, that “The subconscious has spent so much time feeling unfulfilled that it’s decided that’s how we want to live, and it prevents us from acting.” also really resonated with me. I’ve gotten so used to this one way of being as my norm that I don’t even know what outcome I would want!
I absolutely loved this post! I already realized that a lack of motivation is keeping me from doing things I want, but now I realize that a fear of failure and lack of confidence in myself is where it stems from. I hit all of those warning signs, and I really believe a lot of the anxiety I’ve been experiencing are from this. I’ve decided to work on confidence first, so I’m gonna use the 7 day confidence series to get back on top and hopefully jump back in to achieving my goals!
I think it was Dr Steve Jones who said that hypnosis was a secret weapon of successful and wealthy people and certainly lots of high profile people are now coming out of the woodwork to say how they love and use hypnosis to motivate and keep them on track. This article absolutely supports that view and shows how natural motivational hypnosis actually is. There are many things that can stop us living the life we are meant to live so having this brilliant tool to hack our minds and maximize our effectiveness in life should be viewed as being truly valuable. Doesn’t everyone want to feel competent and effective? I know I do….
The app to gain momentum with motivation is awesome!!! I love this article as an introduction to gaining motivation. I know we all have those days where we wake up or hit the midday slump and need a pick me up… I’ve experienced all the signs at one point of time. I am so happy the app is available for a quick hypnosis!
Wow! This is by far my most favorite blog post. I love how the concepts of procrastination and motivation are separated but also intertwined in your explanations. This information really hits home. So close to home that I am going to print this one out and reread for a few days. I think that this is so helpful for people to be able to structurally understand how to step up their lives to the next level of happiness and success!
I think my lack of motivation is around perfectionism and negative self-talk. I want people to like me, yet I don’t get motivated to really get to the table with people in fear that I am not perfect. Oh… the loop! It’s stagnating. I do see a way out and the get motivated on the Grace Space App is helping to empower me in ways that I am more creative with my time and how I connect with people. It’s been a slow process to regain the confidence I once had – but it’s working and hypnotherapy is one of the amazing solutions to stopping the looping negative self-talk.
I love that you go into the *numerous* reasons we don’t pursue our goals. It is nice to hear all of the ways our subconscious mind tries (haha) to protect us and the deep reasoning behind it.
A wonderful write up on how to quickly move through fear/stuck and into motivation with hypnotherapy!
One of my favorite GS Recording on the GS App is “Motivated.” The blog puts it all together and I am going to re-read this again and again. I know a lot of people have this issue and want to share this post with them…..Thank you for putting the puzzle of it all together for us to read..
Ever since I started listening to self-hypnosis recordings I have been completely focused and motivated. The first thing I noticed was that the negative self-talk diminished considerably. I didn’t even realize that could be related to lack of motivation, but after reading this it makes sense.
Oh my, the more I read and learn about hypnosis, the more certain I am that this tool is mostly what will move the humanity forward to a new sense of consciousness. It’s amazing what it can do for us. Actually, it is amazing what WE can do with it.
I relate to a few of these symptoms so much, because I’m so demanding of myself, and I think I have to do a lot of everything I love, he best way I could possibly do it. And even though is sounds like a good thing, it usually sets me up for failure and procrastination.
I’m so GRATEFUL I’ve found hypnosis!!!
This intrigued me. I’ve been a stress worker. I get myself really stressed out and fearful of failure and then crank out some heavy duty work. Always accomplishing the goal. However, learning to be motivated is what I need. I’m so excited to read this because I know I’m built for more, I want to just get out there and do it- so yes, procrastination and lack of motivation DO feel differently. Thank you for this! I’m diving back into my Grace’s Hypnosis Library to Increase Motivation. XOXO
I loved this post. Knowing that procrastination and a lack of motivation are not the same is very important. A lack of motivation can lead to procrastination or even worse, like depression or anxiety… Having negative talk starts to be annoying and lead us to be unhappy…
Hypnosis is a very powerful tool. It can help all of us… Let’s start this new journey through hypnotherapy to be motivated and happy!!
The article is so motivating… I love it!!
Hypnosis has been a game-changer for me, in terms of achieving my personal goals. As a writer, it’s easy to stay stuck or just get too overwhelmed by the blank page. Listening to recordings about focus and motivation allows me to take action. It’s become automatic. I don’t waste time on social media or watching TV, I work. It’s a new habit that I’m loving!
We all suffer from lack of ambition sometimes, for various reasons and I love how Grace breaks this down. Makes it so much easier to address piece by piece with hypnosis. Finding out what the weakest link is and fixing it! So glad we have this amazing tool, it unravels and offers solutions for the mystery of “what happened to my get up and go?!”
Do you need to know why you procrastinate or have a lack of motivation first ? What happens if its just lazyness?
ohhh such a great article. I eventually get myself in gear but I certainly struggle from this from time to time. I will come back to this article in the future
Love this blog post and I think this is an issue that many can relate to! I appreciate how it explains the difference between lack of motivation vs. procrastination, yet how they are also connected. Hypnotherapy is such a wonderful solution to increasing motivation as the root of motivation issues lie in the subconscious, and I am so grateful to have discovered this tool.