Successful people are psychologically different from their less accomplished counterparts. This is because they have a naturally positive outlook, which is sometimes referred to as a “love and abundance” mindset.
They are also pragmatic, more likely to say “yes”, passionate about what they do, confident they can succeed, and generally negotiate from a win-win perspective.
Some people are born with this naturally optimistic outlook, but studies show anyone can develop the skills necessary for positive thinking. Once acquired, the advantages are improved mental health, the ability to dismantle negative thinking, a propensity for creating winning strategies, and an end to patterns of self-sabotaging behaviours.
Clinical hypnosis is one of the simplest methods for cutting through the cobwebs and connecting people to their inner resources. Just the experience of going into hypnosis can clear your mind, strengthen your focus, and boost self-confidence.
Clinical hypnotherapists teach their clients to create clear mental images that make their desired goals or outcomes more realistic. The client can make adjustments or discuss these outcomes during the session, and the therapist will help remove any emotional blockages that may slow down the progress.
The result is an individual who is progressively more optimistic, psychologically flexible, and responsive to opportunities as they arise.
Neuroplasticity and the law of attraction
The law of attraction is based on a very old hypnotherapy principle known as the law of concentrated attention. It works by activating a special region in the brain that directs concentration and attention.
During a therapy session, the clinical hypnotherapist will activate this area by gently directing the client towards their objectives. Clinical hypnosis facilitates neuroplasticity, which describes how the brain adapts its physical structures and functions over time in response to experiences.
The positive insights acquired by the client during the session are naturally encoded in the brain. This overall assimilated learning becomes a natural part of who he or she is, rather than something they remember to do. It’s neuroplasticity in action!
Be a winner
Successful people can imagine their objectives in great detail. They are personally invested in a positive outcome and do not depend on “being lucky”.
These qualities ensure they are also keenly aware of their resources and abilities. Furthermore, they possess a psychological commitment that drives them to roll up their sleeves and do the hard work necessary to achieve their goals while dealing with obstacles.
Most people have one or two of these qualities. The good news is, these skills can be learnt, and clinical hypnotherapy – with its goal-directed approach – can help people develop the mindset of success, as well as the tenacity to keep going.
The psychology of success
Success is a concept informed by contexts, perceptions, and individual values. How one measures success can vary during one’s lifetime, and if there is a silver lining to events such as the pandemic, it’s that it can create opportunities for people to take a breather and reassess how they define personal success.
Some of the most important questions to ask along your journey are:
- What makes you happy?
- What satisfies your core needs?
- What do you value, and is this important to you?
- What types of accomplishments make you feel worthwhile?
- Do you have a single purpose, or is your idea of success multifaceted?
The experience of clinical hypnosis helps connect individuals to their unique set of values and experiences, while providing them the opportunity to review and reflect on the things that matter.
Sheila Menon is the Principal of the London College of Clinical Hypnosis (LCCH) in Asia and Australia, and the CEO of the LSCCH Therapy Centre.