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Become an expert by breaking through plateaus

05:27pm, 29/04/14

winning athleteMastering any skill takes time and effort, but to get to a high level of proficiency usually requires going through periods of intense doubt and futility, where it appears you arenít making any progress at all. Such periods are known as plateaus, and can serve as major deterrents to anyone looking to become an expert in their chosen discipline. Whether youíre learning a foreign language, a sport or a musical instrument, the same principles apply. Becoming an expert in anything usually involves short bursts of rapid improvement, interspersed with long periods where nothing seems to be improving at all. So, how can hypnotherapy be used to expedite our ascension to the top of the mountain?

Learn to love the process

Ever heard the 10,000 hours rule? The theory goes that spending at least 10,000 hours honing your skills is the amount of time required to go from a novice to an expert in a particular discipline. Whether or not this figure is valid, it can be said with some confidence that to master a skill takes years, not months or weeks like the advertisements for certain products suggest. We live in a quick-fix society where consumerism is presented as the answer to all of our problems, instead of hard work and dedication. If you want to be good at anything, loving the slow process that comes with daily practice is essential. Instead of being a junkie for results, hypnotherapy can help you to draw positive emotions from the practice itself, irrespective of the external achievements. Ironically, loving the process more than the results is much more likely to get you the results you desire!

Failure is feedback

Society puts so much emphasis on winning and losing that we forget to learn the appropriate lessons from either scenario. One truth about becoming an expert is that youíre going to fall flat on your face innumerable times. Failing can involve ridicule, negative comments and the feeling that weíve let other people and ourselves down. However, if we learn to view failure as feedback, every bump and scratch we accumulate become lessons which help us to move towards our ultimate goal of proficiency. Realigning to this new way of thinking can be achieved with hypnotherapy. Before you know it, youíll no longer feel bad about failing, instead youíll feel excited at receiving another opportunity for learning.

Not comparing yourself to others

on top of mountainNot everyone is a fast learner, and one of the most difficult things to deal with when mastering a skill is comparing yourself to other people who seem to be on the fast track to success. Itís tough knowing that you’re breaking your back to try and perfect certain techniques, while other people seem to be able to do it with ease. Likewise, it can can be agonising watching people whoíve been practising much longer than you because it reminds you of your own lack of proficiency. Hypnotherapy can teach you to stop comparing yourself to other people, and instead use their success as reference points which will make you excited about what is potentially achievable once you put in the legwork!

Hypnotherapy can help

Hypnotherapy is not simply replacing dysfunctional behaviours with more empowering ones. The changes happen at a much deeper level, which allows positive behaviour patterns to naturally occur. Think of it like clearing out the weeds and creating the perfect plot of land for a field of flowers to grow. If youíre encountering the same sticking point over and over again, and more practice isnít quite doing the trick, then perhaps a couple of hypnotherapy sessions might help to remove the psychological blockages preventing you from becoming an expert in your chosen discipline.

(Photos by U.S. Army & Paxson Woelber )

Disclaimer: with all hypnotherapy, results and the number of sessions required may vary from individual to individual.

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