One of the most common reasons people seek out hypnotherapy is to improve their confidence and self esteem. In fact, when your confidence and self esteem is improved, life seems to go more smoothly.
So what is confidence?
A person with confidence is able to try new things and can accept challenges and take risks because they know they have skills and experience. A confident person can deal with mistakes and criticism objectively. They are supportive of others and don’t always have to be in competition. They can enjoy interpersonal relationships without feeling threatened and can share with others while maintaining appropriate boundaries. They can admit making a mistake. They don’t spend excessive time second guessing their decisions or the words they use. A person with confidence knows that they did their best and handles adversity with flexibility according to the situation.
So what is self-esteem?
Self–esteem is how we value ourselves and how we perceive our value in the world and to others. Self-esteem affects our trust in others, our relationships and our work – nearly every part of our lives. Positive self-esteem gives us the strength and flexibility to take charge of our lives and grow from our mistakes without the fear of rejection.
Following are some outward signs of positive self-esteem:
An awareness of personal strengths
An ability to make mistakes and learn from them
An ability to accept mistakes from others
An ability to solve problems
An independent and cooperative attitude
Feeling comfortable with a wide range of emotions
An ability to trust others
A good sense of personal limitations
The ability to say no
If you are struggling with any of the examples shown here or maybe something even more personal, one of the best methods of self improvement is hypnotherapy. Let me tell you why.
Hypnotherapy deals with the cause of a problem and encourages the mind to think of more resourceful and beneficial ways to change, that feel not only logical but believable. Over time this upgrade becomes totally natural because it reaches the subconscious mind where beliefs are stored.
As Mark Twain said, “Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered-either by themselves or by others.”
Janet Montgomery is a Certified Hypnotherapist in private practice in Woodland Hills, Ca. She writes and records self hypnosis and guided imagery Cds for the Live Well Series. She also teaches self hypnosis classes and is a staff hypnotherapist at Porter Ranch Medical Center.