If you’re an entrepreneur, chances are that you have a process in place to help you prepare for your busiest days, gain focus on high-priority tasks, or even to help you unwind at the end of an especially stressful week. For example, Twitter founder and Square CEO Jack Dorsey applies working themes to each day of his workweek. Leo Babauta, founder of the Zen Habits blog platform, starts his mornings by planning everything he needs to accomplish later that day. Even Benjamin Franklin, one of the U.S.’s most famous founding fathers, outlined for himself a 13-week self-improvement plan in which he would track his progress towards his own personal goals every day.
There are many ways to achieve peak performance. Whatever your self-improvement routine is, it’s likely missing one element: hypnotherapy.
Hypnotherapy for a Better You
While words like “hypnosis” or “hypnotist” used to bring to mind Hollywood-inspired images of a someone using a swinging pocket watch to gain control over a person’s mental faculties, the general consensus about hypnosis has shifted. Sources such as the Mayo Clinic describe how the practice of hypnosis – and more prominently, hypnotherapy – has been used to alleviate mental symptoms of anxiety, depression, PTSD and phobias. The medical profession has also harnessed the benefits of hypnosis for pain management. And athletes have utilized hypnosis to improve concentration and focus.
In more recent years, hypnotherapy has become more widely adopted by entrepreneurs and business leaders seeking to resolve issues with their poor performance, anxiety, lack of focus and confidence. Entrepreneurship is about setting the right goals and achieving them. For these reasons, one hypnotherapy pioneer says that more entrepreneurs should be practicing hypnotherapy in order to become the best version of themselves.
“Hypnosis is a naturally occurring state of awareness,” says hypnotherapist Christine Deschemin. “This state achieves the ‘bypass of the critical factor’ and, as a result, enables you to make changes to the self-defeating behaviors and self-limiting beliefs. This brings you then to your desired target state, whether that desired state is one of sleeping better, becoming more confident, or managing pain more easily.”
As a holder of two engineering degrees from two of France’s top universities, coupled with a Harvard MBA and a background in Hong Kong’s banking/finance scene prior to pursuing her career as a certified hypnotherapist, Deschemin is no stranger to the stressors or roadblocks that routinely plague entrepreneurs and business professionals.
Hypnotherapy Boosts Entrepreneurial Performance
At its root, the practice of hypnotherapy involves a certified hypnotherapist utilizing different techniques to help the user enter a state of focused awareness. The practitioner then delivers positive suggestions in line with the goals of the hypnotherapy treatment (e.g., better sleep, higher focus, overcoming addiction, etc.).
Many entrepreneurs and business professionals routinely experience symptoms or feelings of anxiety during speaking events or important meetings with internal stakeholders or clients. According to Deschemin, hypnotherapy can not only help entrepreneurs overcome these feelings of anxiety by improving their confidence, but it can also help them boost their productivity and performance.
“Visualizing your goals play out mentally before they happen can help entrepreneurs and business leaders meet their goals faster,” says Deschemin. “One thing that’s great about hypnotherapy is that, even if you believe that you can’t afford a hypnotherapist to help guide you through your hypnosis sessions, you can still learn techniques of ‘self-hypnosis’ and build your focus, overcome your anxieties and fears, and reinforce your confidence through tools such as the UpNow Hypnosis app.”
Much like self-guided meditation, Deschemin continues to explain that the easiest way to begin a self-hypnosis session is to sit or lie down comfortably in a way that relaxes the body, with special attention to the eyes, jaw, and head. From there, pay careful attention to your body’s natural breathing rhythm and allow it to flow without attempting to control it. Through progressive relaxation of each limb, starting from the head, down to the arms, chest, hips and then legs, you can allow your limbs to become looser while focusing on the breath. Then you can visualize yourself experiencing your goal with all your senses.
The window of success for an entrepreneur is short. Opportunities do not lie around waiting for someone to take them. They come and go. We often speak about being in the right place at the right time. But there is a third very important component: action. Successful entrepreneurship is about seizing opportunities at the right time in the right place. Hypnotherapy can allow entrepreneurs to access valuable resources to take action and realize their potential.