When we have low confidence, the world can seem difficult to navigate and personal and professional challenges we face appear overwhelming. Regardless of how or when this low self esteem started, it leaves us feeling unable to move forward in our lives. While others seem fully capable of taking advantage of opportunities, we are left on the outside looking in.
While confidence is what provides us with a positive outlook and attitude about ourselves, it is motivation puts that confidence into action. We may struggle to establish concrete, achievable goals, leaving us unable to visualize achieving our dreams. We may question how success in one area of our life will affect another, leaving us confused about what we want and how to go about getting it. We may feel that we do not have the energy to achieve a task like going to the gym or eating healthier, even if we know it is what we want and what is good for us.
Dr. Noah Kass, LCSW, DSW and Dr. Sara Glazer, Psy.D use hypnosis to increase confidence and motivation related to achievement and success. Through the use of indirect suggestions and guided imagery, they help diminish their clients’ fear of failure, establish a concrete sequence of tasks needed to attain goals, and visualize the completion of these goals in a hopeful and positive way. By increasing a person’s energy and enthusiasm for change, clients begin to realize their full potential and no longer allow obstacles to stand in their way.
Research demonstrates that hypnotherapy can increase confidence and motivation in a variety of contexts, such as sports performance (Straub & Bowman, 2016), public speaking (Shoenberger et al, 1997) and the promotion of creativity (Bowers, 1979). More specifically, Dr. Kass and Dr. Glazer work with confidence and motivation in areas such as:
A Review of the Development of Sport Hypnosis as a Performance Enhancement Method for Athletes
Hypnotic enhancement of a cognitive behavioral treatment for public speaking anxiety
Hypnosis and creativity: The search for the missing link