Last week, I wrote an article about how to develop and increase your optimism in a healthy, appropriate way. I recommend reading that article before you then engage in the following self-hypnosis session:
11 Ways to Be More Optimistic and Increase Optimism.
Once you have started engaging in some of those strategies, then this self-hypnosis process is going to raise your optimism profoundly and effectively, just follow these simple steps.
Prepare for this session by having ready a positive cognition, affirmation, or self-suggestion statement that you’ll use within the session to raise your optimism, something along these lines:
“I am more and more optimistic.”
“I have increasingly more optimism.”
“I love life and being alive.”
Or anything that is positive and stated in the now that you find to increase your optimism when you say it to yourself.
Secondly, if you have followed the steps in the previously recommended article on optimism, you’ll have started a gratitude list of some sort. Prior to this session, review (or write from scratch) your gratitude list. Be aware of all the things in your life you are grateful for so that you can refer to them later on in this self-hypnosis session too. You are now ready to begin.
Step One: Induce and Deepen Hypnosis.
You can do so by any means you desire or know of. You can use the process in my Science of self-hypnosis book, use the free audio we give away on this website to practice or have a look at the following articles as and when you need them; they are basic processes to help you simply open the door of your mind:
Heavy Arm Self-Hypnosis Induction Method
Using Eye Fixation for Self-Hypnosis
The Chiasson Self-Hypnosis Method
Hand to Face Self-Hypnosis Induction
Using Magnetic Hands for Self-Hypnosis
The Coin Drop Self-Hypnosis Induction
Deepen your experience of hypnosis by imagining being in a special place in nature. You might imagine taking a walk in the woods or by the beach or any other place in nature that you consider to be enjoyable and therapeutic. Be aware of the beauty and splendour of the nature surrounding you and let it put you into a positive mood.
Throughout this session and where possible outside of this session, be in the present: Do not dwell too much on the mistakes of the past, or try to predict the uncertain future. Instead, enjoy your time in the present. A great contributory factor of optimism is experiencing and savouring whatever you have right now.
See the sights, hear the sounds, feel the feelings and really imagine being in this place. Allow every sight, every sound, every feeling and every positive thought to take you deeper into hypnosis. Really enjoy these moments and when you feel calm, relaxed and in touch with the nature in your mind, move on to the next step.
Step Two: Have Gratitude.
Think about your own gratitude list and as you continue imagining walking through nature, breathe the air deeply and consider all that you have to be grateful for in this life. Think about the landscape of your life on numerous levels and also consider all the positive experiences that you’ve enjoyed in life and be thankful for every one of them.
As you think about a long list of all the things you have in your life to be grateful for. This can include ‘stuff’ such as a roof over your head, a means of transport, a favourite jacket. Also though, ‘things’ do not have to be just physical things. You can be thankful for the love you have in your life, relationships, friendships, laughter as well as the knowledge you have, feelings you enjoy and everything in between.
Be grateful for the sunrise you saw when you drove to work early, the colour of your hair, your current home, the dinner you enjoyed, and just about everything else you can think of. As you start to express gratitude and feel grateful for all that you have in your life, also imagine the gratitude is like a colour spreading through you, imagine it has a sound that resonates within you, imagine the feeling increasing and intensifying within you, fill your mind and body with gratitude and then move on to the next step.
Step Three: Filled with gratitude, now imagine being your best self.
Imagine you continue to walk through nature, and as you do, behave, think and feel like the best version of yourself, observe yourself in the best possible light, and exude confidence when you do so. Adopt the mantra of faking it until you make it. Adopt the posture, mindset and body of somebody who is strong, confident, popular and smart.
Then also identify and recognise all the things you like about yourself; recognise the aspects of your personality that you love the most, recognise the qualities and strengths you have.
Then also start to imagine yourself spending time with positive people. Notice how their positivity buoys you and how their optimism rubs off on you. To build your own optimism quotient, you now choose who you spend your time with wisely. Opt for those who can build you up, see the glass as half-full, and encourage you. These can be people you actually know or simply optimistic figures that symbolically represent quality people to be around.
Once you have imagined being the best version of yourself, surrounded by optimistic people, then move on to the next step.
Step Four: Repeat your positive cognitions, affirmation over and over to yourself.
Say them like you really mean them, be undeniably convinced about those. Repeat them until you really believe and feel the optimism growing within you. Then move on to the next step.
Step Five: Commitment one.
Filled with optimism, gratitude, and perceiving yourself well as you continue to move through nature, now you are going to make a big commitment to giving others benefit of the doubt. Instead of allowing your imagination to go wild if ever you face criticism, look at the bright side of things. Perhaps you were scolded because the other person cared enough for you, or wanted you to learn. Or there could be a misunderstanding or miscommunication between the both of you that needs to be cleared up.
Choose to view people in the best light wherever possible and recognise the best in other people where you can and especially if you do not have evidence to support any negative perspective. Now move on to the next step.
Step Six: Commitment two.
Make a second commitment to adopt healthy thinking habits.
Think about communicating to and with yourself and others in an appropriately progressive, positive fashion. How you respond, react and perceive set-backs in life ultimately influences our levels of optimism and thus, our happiness. Reframe experiences as opportunities to learn more and develop.
You start to think optimistically and you believe you are in control of your life and do not blame or over personalise with the reasons for what happens in life. Reflect for a few moments about thinking positively and notice how easy it is to think optimistically when you have gratitude, when you perceive yourself favourably, when you surround yourself with optimistic people, when you are present and in the moment, committing to positive cognitions, to giving others the benefit of the doubt and thinking positively yourself.
Feel the optimism filling your mind and body and bask in it for as long as you like before bring the session to an end and moving on to the final step.
Step Eight: Exit Hypnosis.
If you use my own protocol as shown in my science of self-hypnosis book, count yourself up and out from one through to five. Otherwise, open your eyes, wiggle your toes and get oriented to the place you are in.
Practice this process a few times to be thorough. Then start implementing your plan of action and go be more optimistic, notice how much it influences your enjoyment of life and how much it influences how others respond to you in life.