New Year’s Resolutions: A Hypnotist’s View

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It may sound strange but I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions. This is not because I don’t think I could keep them, but rather because I set goals for myself all year long, so there is no real difference to me in those goals and any resolutions I might make at the beginning of the year.

Many people do use the fresh start of the New Year to resolve to improve their life, however. A University of Scranton study notes that about 45% of Americans usually make New Year’s resolutions, and of those who do, only 8% are successful in keeping their resolutions. How can you edge your way into the 8% who pull it off? Well, one thing you can do is get SMART.

SMART is a mnemonic that stands for Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic and Time-bound. It is a new years resolutions smartpopular and effective method for setting and achieving goals. Let’s examine each in a little more detail.

Specific means that your goal is clearly defined and not vague. “Lose weight” is vague. “Lose 40 pounds” is specific. Ask yourself the some of the six “W” questions to arrive at a a specific goal:

  • What: What do I want to accomplish?
  • Why: Specific reasons, purpose or benefits of accomplishing the goal.
  • Who: Who is involved?
  • Where: Identify a location.
  • When: Identify temporal requirements.
  • Which: Identify requirements and constraints.

Measurable means that your goal can be quantified. “Lose 40 pounds in six months” quantifies both the amount of weight and the time-span you are allowing yourself to lose the weight.

Actionable means reaching the goal is within your control.  “Lose 40 pounds in six months by eating salads for lunch and drinking water instead of soda” maps out the steps you plan to take to reach your goal.

Realistic is pretty much what it sounds like. “Lose 40 pounds in one month” is not only unrealistic–it verges on the dangerous. “Lose 40 pounds in six months” is realistic.

Timed (or Time-bound) means that you have a deadline (and possibly milestones along the way) for your goal.

Combining these is a recipe for success, but what if you still find you’re having trouble achieving your goals? That’s where I come in. I can teach you life-skills and use hypnosis to maximize your SMART approach and make those resolutions a reality!

Visit to find out more about how you can use hypnosis to succeed in the new year! Or call 800-481-5949 for a confidential 20-minute phone consultation!

Hypnotized to work out: actress Olivia Munn

Olivia-Munn-hypnotizedX-Men: Apocalypse actress Olivia Munn allowed herself to be hypnotized to increase her motivation to work out. She is just one of many celebrities who have turned to hypnosis to help them succeed.

According to Munn, who plays Psylocke in the movie, she was seeing a hypnotist to help her with her OCD and trichotillomania (compulsive hair-pulling) when the subject of working out came up. “One day I told him I didn’t work out, and he said, ‘What do you mean?’ I replied ‘I don’t know. I just kind of don’t. I yo-yo,'” Munn told Good Housekeeping. “He said, ‘You have to! It’s good for your anxiety and depression.’ So during one of our sessions, he hypnotized me.”

“I’m not exaggerating,” the 35-year-old actress continued, “That was on a Friday, and by Monday I was working out every day at 6 a.m. If I missed a session, I’d double up and do it the next day. Now I feel so much stronger. I remember running up the steps one day and thinking, This is strange. I could do this a hundred times and be totally OK.”

She’s in good company. Other celebrities who have benefited from being hypnotized include Orlando Bloom (Lord of the Rings), Fergie (lead singer of the The Black Eyed Peas), Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell, Olympic Gold Medal gymnast Mary Lou Retton, champion golfer Tiger Woods and dozens more.

steve johnson hypnotizedI hypnotized (via Skype) an Emmy winning special-effects wizard to help him get better control over his life. Steve Johnson is a legend in Hollywood special effects circles, having created amazing effects for Ghostbusters, Videodrome, Big Trouble in Little China and many other movies and television shows.

Of his experience, Johnson said, “Dan Perez has a wonderful technique of hypnosis changework. It’s soothing, powerful, and most important – it works. My Skype sessions have been like guided meditations, subconscious workshops that have been instrumental in helping me create a better life. After drinking to excess far longer than I’d like to admit, Dan’s sessions have helped me tame the beast, and I’m happier and more productive – by magnitudes – than I’ve been in a very long while.”

You don’t have to be a celebrity to take advantage of the amazing transformative power of hypnosis. Visit to find out more about how you can be hypnotized for success in your life! Or call 800-481-5949 for a confidential 20-minute phone consultation!