Read below my new article published in Brainz Magazine. 
Let’s talk about the New Year resolutions and why I believe that they do not work! 
As the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, the air buzzes with anticipation, laden with promises of self-improvement and transformation. Yes, the familiar rhythm of a New Year rolling in, luring us with promises of change, growth, and transformation. Traditionally, it is the time when resolutions are crafted and born, etched with aspirations for a better life and brimming with fervour and ambition. But let’s be real – how often do those resolutions truly stick? More often than not, these resolutions fall by the wayside, and they tend to fizzle out faster than the New Year’s Eve fireworks. Why? Because New Year resolutions don’t work. 
Why New Year resolutions do not work… 
We have all been there, scribbling down an extensive list of aspirations, only to watch them fade away as the year progresses. Why does this happen? The issue with resolutions is their vague nature. They lack the backbone needed to turn dreams into reality. They are often too broad, lacking specificity and actionable steps. Resolutions set us up for failure because they lack the clarity and structure necessary to guide us toward success. 
They are vague aspirations without a roadmap, leading to fizzled-out motivation and unmet goals. 
So, what is the solution? Enter the world of SMART goals! 
Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound objectives that pave the way to success. SMART goals are a game-changer in the pursuit of personal growth and achievement. These goals provide a roadmap for success. SMART goals compel us to define precisely what we want to achieve, measure our progress, set attainable milestones, ensure relevance to our aspirations, and set a clear deadline. 
Imagine this: instead of the frantic pressure of adhering to sweeping resolutions, picture yourself as a slow cooker, simmering with purpose and determination. SMART goals allow for a steady, consistent pace, giving you the space and flexibility to progress at your own rhythm. It is about setting a pace that works for you, rather than succumbing to the stressful urgency of a pressure cooker. 
One of the fundamental elements of achieving success with SMART goals is accountability – not to others, but to ourselves. It is about taking ownership of our actions, choices, and progress. This accountability is not fuelled by the need to prove anything to the world; it is about honouring commitments made to ourselves. When we become accountable to ourselves, the motivation shifts from external validation to intrinsic satisfaction. 
For those seeking to transform their lives, the key lies in self-accountability. It is really about recognizing that the journey towards our desired life begins with a commitment to ourselves. There is no need to impress or validate our choices to anyone else. The power to create the life we desire resides within us, and it starts with taking small, consistent steps toward our SMART goals. 
Let's be honest; the traditional approach to resolutions lacks the precision and guidance needed for genuine transformation. It is like navigating a ship without a compass; you may set sail with great intentions, but without a clear direction, you are bound to drift off course. SMART goals provide the structure needed to turn dreams into tangible, achievable milestones. 
But here is where the plot thickens. What if there was a way to amplify the effectiveness of SMART goals? Enter the world of hypnosis and hypnotherapy – a realm often shrouded in mystery but increasingly recognized as a powerful tool for personal transformation. 
So, what exactly is hypnosis? 
In the realm of self-improvement and personal growth, we often find ourselves grappling with barriers, both seen and unseen. These obstacles, crafted by our own minds, hinder progress and impede our journey towards the life we desire. Hypnosis is an intriguing and often misunderstood tool that holds the key to unlocking our hidden potential. 
Firstly, let’s debunk the myths surrounding hypnosis. Hypnosis, often misunderstood or underestimated, is a potent tool for rewiring the subconscious mind. It is not about swinging pocket watches, swingling pendulums or mind control; it is a state of focused attention, deep relaxation, and heightened suggestibility. In this state, the mind becomes open to suggestions and new perspectives, making it a valuable ally in the pursuit of personal growth and achievement. 
It is a therapeutic technique that allows us to access the incredible power of our subconscious mind. Think of the subconscious as the hidden force behind our thoughts, beliefs, and behaviours – the powerhouse that shapes our reality. 
In this state, the critical faculty of the conscious mind takes a back seat, opening the gateway to our innermost thoughts and beliefs. Far from losing control, hypnosis grants us greater control by enabling us to recalibrate our subconscious programming. 
Imagine this: we often get in our own way, creating mental roadblocks that hinder progress. These roadblocks, formed by limiting beliefs and self-imposed barriers, prevent us from realizing our true potential. 
Hypnotherapy acts as a gentle guide, helping us navigate through these barriers and rewrite the script of our subconscious mind. 
How does hypnotherapy help us get out of our own way? 
By tapping into the subconscious, hypnosis can identify and reframe deep-seated beliefs and patterns that no longer serve us. It is like decluttering the mind, removing the mental obstacles that hinder our progress. By instilling positive suggestions and beliefs, hypnotherapy empowers us to break free from self-imposed limitations and embrace a mindset conducive to growth and success. 
For those new to hypnosis, it is natural to feel hesitant or curious. Rest assured, hypnotherapy is a collaborative process, where you remain in control at all times. It is about harnessing your inner strength and allowing the gentle guidance of a trained and qualified hypnotherapist to facilitate the change you seek. 
How can hypnosis help us with setting SMART goals and, more importantly, in following through on these goals? 
Now, here is the magic: hypnosis can be a game-changer when it comes to following through with the goals we set for ourselves. It is like having a trusted guide whispering encouragement and determination into the depths of our subconscious. Through hypnotherapy, individuals can tap into their inner strength, overcome self-limiting beliefs, and ignite the motivation needed to pursue and accomplish their SMART goals. 
Hypnosis allows us to bypass the conscious mind's scepticism and tap into the receptive nature of the subconscious. Through a state of deep relaxation, individuals can access the reservoir of untapped potential within, breaking down mental barriers and fostering a positive mindset conducive to goal achievement. 
Picture this: you've set SMART goals for the New Year, and now, through the gentle guidance of hypnotherapy, you are aligning your subconscious with these aspirations. This synergy creates a harmonious environment where the seeds of change can flourish. Hypnosis acts as a catalyst, enhancing motivation, reducing self-doubt, and instilling a profound sense of self-belief. 
You can even picture hypnosis it as a tailor-made GPS for your subconscious. Hypnosis allows us to delve deep within, uncovering hidden barriers and rewiring thought patterns that hinder progress. It amplifies our ability to visualize success, making our goals feel more attainable and real. It is like planting seeds of determination and resilience in the fertile soil of our minds, nurturing them until they bloom into tangible achievements. 
So, here is the groundbreaking revelation: You do not need those fleeting New Year resolutions. Instead, harness the power of hypnosis to craft a personalized blueprint for success. Cast all those New Year resolutions aside. In the light of hypnosis and SMART goals, resolutions seem like relics of a bygone era. Why settle for vague promises when you can embark on a journey of self-discovery and empowerment? It is time to redefine the narrative and recognize that true change comes from within. 
Be accountable to yourself by embracing SMART goals and complement this journey with the transformative influence of hypnosis and hypnotherapy. 
Now, to those of you who may be new to the concept of hypnosis, rest assured that it is not about relinquishing control but rather gaining mastery over your subconscious mind. It's about becoming the architect of your own destiny, unlocking the doors to a realm of untapped potential. 
Final words… 
In conclusion, let this be the year you break free from the shackles of ineffective resolutions. To my dear readers and clients craving change and ready to embrace accountability, understand this: the magic lies in setting SMART goals that align with your dreams. Embrace the slow-cooker mentality, allowing yourself the time and space needed for growth. Remember, you owe it to yourself – not to prove anything to the world, but to honour the life you deserve. 
As this New Year unfolds, discard the notion of resolutions and instead, sculpt your path with SMART goals. Be the architect of your destiny, fuelled by self-accountability and the steady progression toward the life you desire and, most importantly, deserve. 
To all of you eager to embark on a journey of self-accountability and growth, let me assure you – hypnosis is not a mystical concept reserved for the initiated few. It’s a gentle, accessible tool that welcomes newcomers with open arms. It does not require you to relinquish control; instead, it empowers you to steer your life towards the destination of your dreams. 
As you step into this New Year, leave behind the shackles of resolutions that fade with January’s dawn. Embrace the power of hypnosis and SMART goals, for within this partnership lies the key to unlocking the life you desire and undeniably deserve. It’s time to rewrite the narrative, with self-accountability as your compass and hypnosis as your guiding star, illuminating the path toward a future brimming with accomplishment and fulfilment. 
As you embark on the path of self-discovery and empowerment, remember that the power of hypnotherapy lies in its ability to facilitate change from within. Embrace the opportunity to tap into your subconscious, unravel the barriers, and pave the way for a life that you not only desire but truly deserve. Step into the realm of hypnosis – your gateway to unleashing your untapped potential. 
And as a hypnotherapist I truly believe I work in a profession which is fantastically placed to help people align with what they really desire in life, appreciate themselves and see their true potential. 
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