I was camping out on Lake Mohave one summer with my brothers. One morning the lake was so smooth, we decided to go water skiing.
Now, I’m not the best water skier. I find it difficult to get up on the skis and if I go over a big wave I wipe out and get a lot of water up my nose. Not fun.
One of the more evil brothers must have know that because he suggested “Hey Ted, why don’t you sit in the water at the shore with your skis on and we’ll pull you from the shore?” (Muahahaha!)
You have to understand the dynamics of the testosterone that flows when you get a bunch of gnarly dudes and boats together. You can’t just say, “Uh, no thanks, guys, I’ll pass” unless you want to be mercilessly heckled for the rest of the trip and beyond. So I said “Sure, sounds good.”
I put on my skis and life vest and sat in the water up to my chest with the tow rope in my hand. While everyone was getting in the boat I pondered my predicament.
If I didn’t get up on my skis the first try, I would be flailing around trying to retrieve my skis and would probably have to swim out to get the rope too. The water was shallow, so they would not want to come back and get me like they would in in the middle of the lake. The would watch with glee as I struggled over and over again futility to prove my water skiing prowess…
So I closed my eyes and took a deep breath, like Yoda before he levitates Luke’s ship out of the swamp. (Do, or do not! There is no try!) I relaxed my body and my mind and said “I will now enter a state of self hypnosis for the purpose of a kick-butt water skiing experience.”
I felt myself going inside, connecting with the possibility that I can do anything I want. I imagined myself getting pulled up on the first try, water skiing on that glorious lake surrounded by beautiful desert mountains, having a great time. I told myself “I am an expert water skiier” over and over again. I imagined the voices of my companions saying “Wow, that was a good run!”
After 5 minutes of sitting there in the water, I counted myself out of self hypnosis and waited for the moment of truth. “Ready?” someone shouted. “I was born ready!” I yelled back with confidence.
They hit the gas and the boat shot forward. The ski rope went taut. I was pulled up on my skis and skied for a solid 20 minutes. Sun, water, mountains, skimming along on the surface of a lake until my arms got tired. I let go of the rope, and floated there until they came and got me.
As they pulled me into the boat they said “Wow, you skied a long time. That was good.”
“Yeah” , I said. “It was good.” As I ran my hand through my hair, I noticed it wasn’t even wet. Yoda has the force, I have self hypnosis.
Learn to use Self Hypnosis!
Even if you don’t water ski, you can use self hypnosis to:
- Get rid of nervousness and do better on a job interview
- Get rid of anxiety to speak in public confidently and comfortably
- Feel less self-conscious and more relaxed in social situations
- Get rid of stage fright while acting or playing music
- Perform better in sports
- Present your product to clients persuasively and confidently
- Get relief from procrastination, anxiety and fear, and negative thinking.
Put your subconscious mind to work! Click to find when the next class is being offered.
In Self Hypnosis for Success, you will learn:
- What hypnosis is and isn’t
- How to do a hypnotic induction on yourself
- Crafting suggestions to put into your subconscious mind
- How to put it all together to reprogram your subconscious mind for success in just a few minutes a day
- Little known, yet powerful tips and techniques for keeping your mind sharp, powerful and positive!
You’ll receive my Guide to Self Hypnosis and my Self Hypnosis Conditioning CD, which also includes my studio produced “Peaceful Place” relaxation track as an added bonus. In addition, you’ll get handouts at each class containing the material presented. The class is being held at Pasadena City College on September 28th and October 5th and 12th from 9 to 10:30 am.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions!