Many of you reading this may be anticipating that this article will teach you to hypnotize your boss so that s/he will whip out the checkbook and start writing.
Sadly, that’s not exactly how it works. However, if you will follow these simple steps, the results may be the same.
Every athlete is a master of mental rehearsal. They rehearse in their minds, winning the race, sinking the basket, catching the touchdown ball, over and over. Often since they were children. The success of this technique has been researched in depth and found to work incredibly well.
In the 1990’s, a group of researchers studied mental rehearsal in a clinical setting, using three groups of subjects:
- The first group only visualized themselves shooting baskets.
- The second group only shot baskets.
- The third group did both.
- Then, they all actually shot baskets, and then the number of baskets that were made was counted.
Guess which group did best? The first group. Because they never “saw” themselves missing. The first rule of mental rehearsal is to picture or imagine your scenario exactly how you would like it to be.
Now, it won’t be perfect at first. You need mental rehearsal to create your ideal scenario. That’s normal. Once you have your ideal situation, though, stick to it!
This is where the self-hypnosis comes in.
Go somewhere you won’t be disturbed for a few moments. Breathe deeply and with each breath, relax a bit more. You may find soft music in the background helpful.
You can only think one thought at a time. So, focus your attention on your breathing at first. Other thoughts may try to pop in. That’s normal. When you notice your mind wandering away, bring it back to your breathing as you relax a bit more each time.
When you feel relaxed, you are in a light state of hypnosis. This is when your mind is very powerful at helping you create what you want in your mind first so that it’s more easily created in your life.
Everything you do begins as a thought. When you learn to channel your thoughts in more positive and productive ways, you will automatically have more power in your own life.
Using Self-Hypnosis to Get A Raise:
Now imagine you and your boss, or whoever oversees your raise, sitting facing each other. Be in their office or where you imagine your “raise” interview will take place. See or imagine both of you smiling and maybe laughing, creating rapport between you. You get the sense that your boss wants you to have a raise; that they know you deserve it. Have a number clear in your mind. It really doesn’t matter what that number is. The goal here is to ask for what you want and don’t short-change yourself. How does that feel? Scary? That’s okay. The more you visualize, the more your scared or feelings of unworthiness will change into powerful and positive ones.
I taught this exercise to a friend recently and she said she really wanted a 6-figure salary but was going to ask for a 5-figure salary. I asked her why she would do that, and she couldn’t answer, so she asked for the larger amount and she got it!
Sounds simple, right? Decide how much you are worth, ask for it, and imagine it all happening. It really is that simple. Now, let’s add a few more details so that your subconscious can really sink its teeth into this project.
Imagine that you’ve started receiving your raise. See or imagine your bank account balance. How do you feel? Happy, relieved, doubtful? Acknowledge whatever you are feeling; give yourself permission to feel as you do. Know that any negative or fearful feelings will dissipate the more you practice this technique. Now imagine what you can do with your increased income. Let your imagination have free reign.
Before you go to sleep at night, review and practice your visualization.
You are already relaxed and in a light hypnotic state. As you see and feel getting your raise, everything will be turned over to your unconscious mind as you sleep, and it will help you even more to create the outcome you desire.
Scott Adams, creator of the Doonesbury cartoon strip is also a hypnotherapist. He has a simple rule for achieving his desires: He writes out one goal 15 times a day until he achieves it.
Take a lesson from Scott and visualize your raise until you achieve it.
Don’t quit. The only way this can’t work is for you to stop using this tool too soon.