Recipe for Mind
Did you know that the average life span of a New Year’s resolution is less than three weeks?  The reason that they tend to fizzle out as quickly as New Year’s Eve champagne is that most of us have not been schooled in the dynamics of the subconscious mind.

Whether you want to break a persistent negative habit, like overeating or choosing the wrong foods, or create a positive one such as getting on a regular exercise program or being more organized, the secret of success lies in making the new behavior second nature to you.

Most of us attempt change by forcing our will power to cooperate with our goals. Will power is a faculty of consciousness – the part of your mind that comprises only roughly 10% of your total mind power.  Attempting to change by activating your will power usually results in a having great enthusiasm for a few hours or a few days, but then quickly running out of steam.

In order to bring about any permanent change, you must first convince the subconscious mind, which is seven to eight times stronger than your will power.

Consequently, the new behavior becomes virtually effortless!

Now, let’s consider the most common ways that we state or plan our New Year’s resolutions: I ought to be more organized; I am going to try to lose some weight this year; I need to get into a regular exercise routine. In these familiar examples, your best intentions would be almost immediately canceled out, simply because this language is vague to the subconscious mind and cannot be translated into action.

Here are 5 tips for reframing your New Year’s resolutions
to give them a fighting chance in 2012:

1)   Be clear on your intention.  Define what you really want to accomplish – think of your subconscious mind as a genie in the bottle that needs to be told exactly what you want/expect it to achieve.

2)  Always state your New Year’s resolution in the positive.  Avoid words like can’t, don’t, maybe, should, etc.     Don’t describe the behavior you want to move away from (example: I don’t want to be overweight); State it as behavior you are moving towards (example: I am creating a healthy lean body that supports me in all of my goals and activities).

3)  Most importantly, avoid the word “try”!  There is a law of the mind that states “the more you try to do something, the less you can do it.”  (Think about how frustrating and ineffective it is when you “try” to fall asleep!)  Whenever you use the word “try” you automatically cancel out your best intentions as this word does nothing to galvanize the power of your subconscious mind.

4)  Use the present tense.  The subconscious mind responds best to suggestions that are stated in the now.  This might feel unusual at first – indeed the language of the unconscious is quite different than the way we are taught to communicate.  So, instead of stating “I am going to create a regular exercise routine in 2012” it will be many times more effective to declare “Exercise is part of my daily routine.  I am taking advantage of every opportunity to move my body to improve my health and well-being.”

5)  At least once a day, do some deep breathing.  This will only take a few moments, but it will signal your subconscious that you are open to suggestion.  Repeat your resolution to yourself mentally and you can even visualize, imagine, sense or feel the positive outcome.  This will greatly enhance your results, especially if you can keep this going for 21 days.

 Happy New Year and May you realize all of your mind’s potential in 2012!

LindaJoy Rose (Academy Founder and Natural Wellness Expert)

LindaJoy Rose, PhD is a therapist, author, professional speaker, international trainer, and healthy living expert with over 25 years of experience. As the former Director of International Development for the American Board of Hypnotherapy, she is a pioneer in the field of subconscious dynamics and clinical hypnotherapy, implementing training and certification in many countries across Europe, Latin America and Asia.

Dr. LJ has appeared numerous times as the Healthy Living expert with the Tampa NBC affiliate and syndicated Daytime TV show, local media coverage, and over 100 videos on the super-information site, eHow.com.

She is the author of eight books, including Your Mind: The Owner’s Manual and Raw Fusion Living: Recipes for Health Eating, Natural Weight Loss and Anti-Aging, and contributes regularly to the popular worldwide news service, The Huffington Post.

With a grant from the Astra-Zeneca Foundation, Rose successfully launched a healthy lifestyle retraining program at one of the nation’s largest and most respected clinics. Having overcome a debilitating auto-immune disorder through lifestyle changes and self-care, she subsequently developed a practical and delicious eating philosophy and teaches popular classes with food demonstrations, world-wide.

In 2013, she launched the online and onsite Natural Wellness Academy with certifications in Holistic Health and Life Coaching and Clinical Hypnotherapy and with students and graduates in almost 20 countries.

The daughter of two Holocaust survivors, Dr. Rose is also a volunteer docent at the Florida Holocaust Museum and resides in Tampa, Florida with her husband and 4 furry companions.

"From training therapists internationally in the fields of psychology and hypnotherapy to being an online mentor for two West Coast Universities, to founding the Natural Wellness Academy, teaching has always been my passion, I enjoy nothing more than informing and inspiring prospective coaches and therapists."

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