You may be wondering, what does Do you know how to get to Phoenix? have to do with weight loss. Since 1997 I have been coaching people with hypnosis for weight loss and I have learned the importance of having a clear goal and the need to be focused on that goal. With weight loss hypnosis you can easily make course corrections to refocus your mind and stay on track. Do you know how to get to Phoenix? is this weeks reading from my book, Becoming Slender For Life.
Do you know how to get to Phoenix?
We talked in Chapter Three about commitment. Are you really clear on what you are committing to? As I listened to Gerry in group one night, it became clear that he had no idea where he was going. He had no clear goal in mind. He sounded lost. When I pushed him for clarity, he could not tell me about life at his goal weight or why he was going there. When I asked if he ever just got into his car and headed off down the road on a vacation with no destination in mind, he made it clear that he plans the entire itinerary and stresses when he gets off schedule. He also said that he didn’t allow any unplanned or unscheduled side trips. Gerry told how he has noticed more unconscious eating and lack of focus.
I put two dots on the flip chart. One dot was Seattle and the other Phoenix. I stated that as I flew last week from Seattle to Phoenix, the pilot or the autopilot had to make continuous course corrections. There was turbulence along the way that kept blowing us off course. If there were no course corrections, we might have ended up in Oklahoma City instead of Phoenix. In life there is turbulence. There are relationship changes, job changes, holidays, birthdays and other bumps in the road of life. All too often, people move aimlessly from one bump to the next and never make course corrections. They never get to Phoenix.
Too often, people experience turbulence in life, they get off course and then use that as a reason to continue going off course. They never make it to Phoenix, because they are heading towards Fargo!
Your self-hypnosis is course correction. You refocus your mind and get back on track.
As we continued this discussion in the group, Patty told how she had no idea what it would be like to be at her ideal weight. People like myself who had been overweight all their lives have no frame of reference for their ideal weight. They have never been to Phoenix. The only time previously in my life that I have weighed what I do now was in grade school! This woman had dieted previously and lost a lot of weight rapidly, only to discover that her life was still there with all its challenges, and weighing less was not a ticket to the Garden of Eden. Patty had put the weight right back on. So she asked the question, “Do you believe that people can really change?” “Yes,” I replied. “But you have to know what you want and you have to want it. It gets back to that issue of need and motivation.”
Then Brenda asked how to deal with life’s turbulences, and I asked her what it would be like for her to be a Principled Leader of Self. What would it be like for her to be at cause and no longer at effect, to no longer be a victim in her life? When you have a clear goal, a clear plan for your life, then you can be that Leader of Self. You can be at cause, not a victim. You take back your power from food, people, work, events, life and circumstances.
I challenged the group to take some time in the coming week to write, draw or paint a realistic picture of what their Phoenix—their destination—would be like and to bring a copy in the next week. The next week people came in with compelling reasons for obtaining their goal weight. Some were very detailed and others vague, but everyone was clarifying their Phoenix. If you didn’t complete the Goals chart on Page 169, this would be a good time to do it.
Do you want to know how to focus your mind, make course corrections and back on track with your weight loss goals? Hypnosis for weight loss can help you too. Visit me in my Seattle or Bainbridge office or remotely from the comfort of your home or office.
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I refocus my mind, correcting my course and I get back on track.
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