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A learning center for hypnosis and self hypnosis education. A resource for finding professional referrals for hypnosis treatment of medical and psychotherapeutic issues. A learning center for hypnosis and self hypnosis education. A resource for finding professional referrals for hypnosis treatment of medical and psychotherapeutic issues.
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Ideomotor Action
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Structuring Auto-Suggestions
Administrating Auto-Suggestions
Deepening the Hypnotic Trance
Testing the Hypnotic Trance
Emotional Behavior
Psychosomatic Disorders
Rules of the Mind
The Power of Creative Imagination
How to Set Realistic Goals
You Can Learn to Relax
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How To Set Realistic Goals Page 2

The Following Rules Will Help You Set Good Short-Term Goals

  • As with long-term goals, they should be realistic. They should be small, discrete steps leading toward the long-term goal. They should be things you can do more or less immediately.

  • They should be more specific than long-term goals. They should be specific enough to allow you to determine what you need to achieve next and where you are going.

  • Your approach to accomplishing these short-term goals should be organized and planed in such a way that you have a high probability of getting them done.

  • If you fail at one of your short-term goals, do not magnify it out of proportion. One failure or mistake does not mean that you will never reach your ultimate destination. If you should fail a short-term goal, back up and try again or figure out an alternate root that will get you around the obstacle.

  • When you achieve a short-term goal, celebrate it. Praise yourself liberally as you go along.

Psychologists call this reinforcement or rewarding yourself for desired behavior. It is very effective. The reward does not have to be something big. For example, if you are studying for a test, put some nuts or candy on the table. Divide the material you are studying into small units, such as pages, sections of a chapter or basic concepts. As each unit is completed reward yourself with a piece of candy or a nut. It is important to keep the units small and reward yourself frequently.

Massive rewards after large amounts of work are less successful. If you try this, you will find studying goes much faster and is more enjoyable. This basic idea can be applied to any task. It is a simple technique that is very effective. This does not mean that you cannot reward yourself for a more major accomplishment. If you complete a course or a semester, treat yourself to an expensive dinner, a short vacation trip, or a gift of some kind. This approach makes getting there half the fun. People who arrange their lives this way enjoy themselves and what they are doing.

Once the long-term and short-term goals have been established, program them into the subconscious using your rules for formulating autosuggestions. After this has been accomplished, do not concentrate on your goals (see Rule VI of Rules of the Mind). If we fix our attention on our goals too firmly, we will find ourselves too future oriented to enjoy the present -- always going somewhere, but never arriving. Looking forward too much to future goals leads us to be unhappy with the present and to make excessive sacrifices to reach our goals. The person that is always concentrating on his future goals is preparing to enjoy the future, and the future never comes. Goals are for direction and planning. After they have been formulated, we need to put them in the back of our mind and begin to concentrate on the present. Remember, a subconscious that is properly programmed can carry out your goals much better than you could ever hope to carry them out consciously.

The instructions presented are from the personal collections and writing library of Mr. Robert E. Cutter, who died December 13, 2001, while in the process of completing the transfer of his work to the internet. These are offered as educational instruction only. The purpose of this instruction is the effective learning and use of hypnotic techniques for vocational or avocational self-improvement. This instruction is not offered as a substitute for, nor as a supplement to, any form of therapy concerned with physical, mental, nervous or emotional illness. Robert E. Cutter served as web consultant for American Psychotherapy and Medical Hypnosis Association for three years. His hypnosis education came through the training he provided at a school he owned in the 1950's in Los Angeles, California, along with his wife who preceded him in death in 1980. Robert Cutter was not a psychologist and did not practice psychotherapy, but his interest in hypnosis motivated him to provide free resources materials for others who wanted to learn to use the power of their minds to improve well being and health-related issues.
Michael A. Robinson, R.N.- BC Psychiatry
Licensed Texas State Nursing Board Registered Nurse
Texas State Nursing Board Certified in Psychiatry
In Honor and Memory of Robert E. Cutter, B.S. 1923-d.2001
From the Writings of Robert Cutter's Self Hypnosis Center
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