We all walk on our path each day and anyone who has walked over the same path daily for some time will observe that the path becomes well worn. The above title is the tag line for my company Intentional Hypnosis. Why did I choose this expression and what does it really mean? This well worn path is evidence of where we have traveled and clearly shows, that we rarely stray off of it. It is often a path that is walked on without thought or intention it's simply automatic. That's actually a good thing and makes it easy to find our way around without getting lost. I talked recently with a good friend of mine Debbie Taylor MA, CHt, a top notch hypnotherapist in Portland Oregon. She uses the well worn path as a metaphor to describe our neural networks. Our brain creates pathways through thought that active neurons and repeatedly firing the same neural networks.
The habits that we create each day are anchored by these thought patterns. If we want to change a habit or behavior we have to create new thought patterns. We do this by bringing conscious awareness to our thoughts and freeing ourselves from them. As you might suspect this is harder than it sounds. It takes strong intention to consciously create new paths. Have you moved to a new home and found yourself returning to your old house after a long day at work? I know that I have! This is a pretty common occurrence.
It also helps us understand why behavior change feels so difficult. So, that said what can hypnosis do that effort alone cannot? While hypnosis cannot make us do anything that we are unwilling to do! It can assist us in pushing past the resistance that often stops us before we have walked the new path often enough to make it our new routine. With consistent effort over time, supported by hypnosis the new path more quickly becomes the go to instead of the old default. If you have want to create change in your life yet feel stuck contact me and I will help you get that fire of creativity started.
About the Author
Behavior Change Coach and Author James Barfoot CHt holds certifications as a Master Practitioner of NLP and is a Clinical Hypnotherapist who is registered to practice in Washington State. He developed The Primal Toolbox a behavior change and coaching strategy based on a tribal models. James lives in Spokane WA.