Heather Stewart, a podcaster, did an episode on the hypnosis session I did for her and made an interesting comment, “Marie Kondo your mind”.
I loved that because that phrase describes hypnosis perfectly.
Marie Kondo is a Japanese organizing expert who has written books and appeared on television shows. She has a unique approach to organizing the stuff in your life.
Let’s look at the Marie Kondo principles as they apply to hypnosis.
How her approach applies to decluttering your mind
Principle 1: Commit yourself to tidying up.
If you are not ready to change something that is holding you back in life, hypnosis won’t help you. You have to make your mind up to make that change. I can’t make you do something you don’t want.
Principle 2: Imagine your ideal lifestyle.
If you can envision how you want your life to look when you overcome a habit, feeling, belief or habit, you’re one step closer to being ready to do something about it.
Principle 3: Finish discarding first. Before removing items, sincerely thank each item for serving its purpose.
A feeling or behaviour may have served a purpose in the past. But if you feel it is holding you back from living an optimum life, maybe now is the time to thank it for the help it previously provided, but get ready to say goodbye. We can address this in hypnosis.
Principles 4 and 5: Tidy by category, not location and follow the right order.
I combine these two principles. If you have multiple things you want to work on, maybe you want to lose weight but also want to quit smoking and overcome your fear of flying, decide which one is the most important in your mind and start there.
For example, one of the biggest fears around quitting smoking is the perceived weight gain that follows. It doesn’t have to be that way, but perhaps losing 10 or 20 pounds before quitting might help alleviate that fear. Or follow the quitting smoking immediately with working on weight reduction or maintenance. I offer 3, 6 or 12 session packages to allow you to affordably address multiple concerns.
Then you can move on to the fear of flying – unless an occasion is coming up that requires flying – then you might want to address that first.
Multi-tasking may work in the business world or at home, but when it comes to hypnosis, tackle each desired change one at a time.
Principle 6: Ask yourself if it sparks joy.
If a behaviour makes you happy and you don’t want to make a change, don’t. Are you surprised to hear a hypnotist say that? This principle goes back to the first one. If you don’t want to make a change, I can’t make you change something. Let’s use smoking as an example. If you enjoy smoking enough that it cancels out the negative aspects of the behaviour, then keep smoking.
So, are you ready to Marie Kondo your mind?
If the negative aspects of holding onto a feeling, behaviour, belief or habit outweigh the positive life you want, hypnosis can help you do that. I invite you to book a free call to determine if hypnosis is right for you and if we are a good fit to work together.