How to Make Those New Years Resolutions STICK!

How to Make Those New Years Resolutions STICK!
By Kelly McLoughlin

It’s my favorite time of year again, the beginning! Out with the old and in with the new!

I have a little ritual I do every January. I make a vision board of all the things I want to attract to myself in the upcoming year.

I gather pictures and affirmations from old magazines and paste them onto a piece of poster board. For example: I cut out a picture of a bicycle and a really fit looking woman and find the letters “I now have a fit, healthy body” or, “I happily exercise 5x a week”. I may add some great pictures of a vacation spot I would love to visit; I cut a few pictures of dollar bills and the letters “I make an extra $500 per month,” etc,. 

I sometimes spend hours finding the perfect pictures and creating a fabulous year to come. I then put it up on the wall in my office or bedroom where I can look at it everyday. 

As I look at the pictures I spend a few minutes just day-dreaming about how my life will be once I have the fitter body or the extra few hundred bucks. By doing this I activate the creative intelligence of my subconscious mind and it goes to work to start making things happen.

You’ll notice that the affirmations I put up are in the present tense as if I already have them. I do this to stimulate my subconscious mind. The subconscious mind doesn’t know what is real and what is fantasy.

By focusing on these positive affirmations daily and acting as if these things are already accomplished, you are sending positive thoughts and ideas to your subconscious mind, which believes everything you tell it, and with repetition will act on those beliefs.

Experiments were done on basketball players. One group was told to practice every day for 30 minutes, the other group was told to sit and visualize practicing for 30 minutes a day.

At the end of the trial it was found that the group who were told to visualize playing  ball had improved their game almost as much as the group that was told to practice every day. This is the amazing power of our subconscious mind.

We have the conscious mind and the subconscious mind. The conscious mind is like the captain of the ship. He directs the ship. He sends orders to the men and woman in the engine room.

The men and woman in the engine room can be likened to the subconscious mind. They control the boilers, the instruments, the gauges, and so on. The people in the engine room do not know where they are going, they just follow orders. They would go on the rocks if the man on the bridge issued faulty or wrong instructions.

The people in the engine room obey him because he is in charge. Because he is supposed to know what he’s doing, the members of the crew do not talk back to the captain. They simply carry out his orders.

In the same way, your conscious mind is the captain and the master of your ship – your body, your environment, and all of your affairs.

Your subconscious mind takes the orders you give it based upon what your conscious mind believes and accepts as true. It does not question the orders on the basis on which they are given.

If an event happens in childhood where the conscious mind takes on the belief that you are unlovable, or you’re stupid; that belief goes straight to the subconscious where it is believed to be true and the persons behavior and actions reflect that belief. (I’ll never find the right person because I’m unlovable.)

In order to live a happier more successful life, one needs to begin re-programming the subconscious mind by changing all of the negative and self-limiting beliefs, (I’ll never find the right partner, etc.,) to positive self-affirming beliefs, (because I love myself more and more now, I attract a wonderful, loving partner.)

The quickest way to reprogram the subconscious mind with positive beliefs is through hypnotherapy. In hypnosis the conscious critical mind is bypassed and the subconscious mind becomes highly responsive to positive suggestions. Once those negative beliefs are replaced, the client begins to see positive, life-changes begin to happen.

Hypnotherapy has helped many, many people live a happier more successful life, from those who want to lose weight and overcome bad habits, to those who want to heal themselves of debilitating diseases and ailments. If you have a problem or issue, chances are hypnotherapy can help you.

I read an interesting snippet from Psychotherapy Magazine (Vol. 7, No.1, Alfred A. Barrios, PhD), which quotes:

“Therapeutic Hypnosis is proven to be the most effective and fastest route to solve emotional issues!”

The Average Success Rate for:

  • Psychoanalysis was 38 percent  after 600 sessions.
  • Behavior Therapy was 72 percent after 22 sessions.
  • Hypnotherapy was 93 percent after only 6 sessions! 

So what do you want to accomplish this year? Is it time to take charge of your life and live the life you’ve always dreamed about? You are the only one who can do it. The power lies within you!

Editor’s note: Kelly McLoughlin received her certification in Hypnotherapy as a Certified Medical Support Clinical Hypnotherapist as well as a Natal and Past Life Regression therapist at the Hypnotherapy Academy of America, regarded as the leading training academy in the world. She practices in Los Alamos and also teaches hypnotherapy self-empowerment workshops. McLoughlin will take on any problem where she knows or believes hypnosis can help. She has experience in problems such as anxiety, fears and phobias, overcoming bad habits, children and hypnosis, pain control, accelerated healing, overcoming grief and more. She believes that in order to heal the body you need to heal the mind first and regards hypnotherapy as complementary to western/allopathic medicine. Learn more at or call 505-695-0365.


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