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The Power of the Subconscious Mind: Why Willpower Fails and How Hypnotherapy Prevails

Updated: Mar 14

Hypnotherapy in action

Many of us have experienced the frustration of trying to achieve our goals through sheer willpower. Whether it's losing weight, overcoming fears, or battling anxiety, we often find ourselves succumbing to old habits and impulses. But what if we told you that the key to success lies not in the conscious, logical mind, but in the powerful realm of the subconscious? In this blog post, we will delve into why willpower frequently falls short and how engaging and utilising the subconscious mind, particularly through hypnosis and hypnotherapy, can be the game-changer we need.

The Limitations of Willpower

Willpower, often described as the conscious determination to resist impulses and temptations, relies on the logical mind or the voice in our head. This rational part of the mind is responsible for decision-making, setting goals, and devising strategies to achieve them. However, it has its limitations:


1. Finite Mental Energy: Willpower is a finite resource, and just like a muscle, it can become fatigued with use. The more decisions we make, the more our willpower gets depleted, making it harder to resist impulses later in the day.

2. Conflict with Habits: Willpower often clashes with deeply ingrained habits formed by the subconscious mind. These habits can be hard to break solely through conscious effort, leading to a constant internal struggle.

3. Emotional Overload: Strong emotions, stress, or fatigue can weaken willpower, making us vulnerable to making impulsive choices contrary to our goals.

4. Short-Term Focus: Willpower tends to prioritise short-term gratification over long-term benefits, making it challenging to stay committed to long-term goals.

Engaging the Subconscious Mind

The subconscious mind is an immensely powerful aspect of our psyche that controls around 95% of our thoughts, behaviours, and emotions. Unlike the conscious mind, which is analytical and logical, the subconscious operates in a realm of beliefs, emotions, and automatic responses. To succeed in our goals, we must tap into this vast reservoir of potential and create positive changes from within.


1. Harnessing Belief Systems: The subconscious

mind is driven by beliefs formed through past experiences. Positive affirmations and visualisations can help reprogram limiting beliefs and replace them with empowering ones, boosting our confidence and motivation.

2. Connecting with Emotions: Emotions are a language of the subconscious mind. By associating positive emotions with our goals, we create a deeper drive and connection, enhancing the likelihood of success.

3. Releasing Emotional Baggage: Past traumas or negative experiences can hinder progress. Hypnotherapy can help identify and release emotional blockages, allowing us to move forward with renewed vigour.

The Power of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy

Hypnosis is a state of focused attention and heightened suggestibility. In this state, the critical faculty of the conscious mind is temporarily bypassed, allowing direct communication with the subconscious. It is a natural state and completely safe.

Hypnotic spiral

So why is hypnosis and hypnotherapy so effective?

1. Accessing the Subconscious: Hypnosis enables direct access to the subconscious mind, where long-standing beliefs, emotions, and habits reside. By doing so, it becomes possible to initiate positive changes at the core of our being.

2. Reprogramming Limiting Beliefs: Hypnotherapy can identify and reframe limiting beliefs that hinder progress. By introducing new, constructive beliefs during hypnosis, we can alter behaviour patterns and boost self-esteem.

3. Amplifying Motivation: Hypnosis can amplify motivation by creating powerful associations between goals and positive emotions. This increased motivation serves as a driving force to achieve success.

4. Enhancing Self-Control: Through hypnotherapy, individuals can gain better control over impulses and responses, making it easier to adhere to healthy habits and make positive choices.


In conclusion, willpower alone is often insufficient to bring about significant and lasting change in our lives. It relies on the conscious mind, which has limitations and can be easily overwhelmed. To achieve our goals and overcome obstacles like weight loss, fears, or anxiety, it is crucial to engage and utilise the immense power of our subconscious mind.

Hypnosis and hypnotherapy offer a valuable pathway to access the subconscious, reprogram limiting beliefs, and create lasting positive changes. By harnessing the power of our minds holistically, we can unlock our full potential and make incredible strides towards personal growth and fulfilment.

So, consider giving hypnotherapy a chance – you might just be amazed by the incredible results it can bring into your life.

If you're interested in exploring the transformative potential of hypnotherapy, Inner Peace Talk Therapy offers expert advanced clinical hypnotherapy. Visit my website at to learn more about how they can help you harness the power of your subconscious mind and embark on a journey of self-discovery and empowerment.

James Gunning Hypnotherapist

James Gunning CMH C.Hyp

Inner Peace Talk Therapy - "Be your own magic"

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