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How to rewrite your internal blueprint for the New Year

By Joseph Pond

At the beginning of each year, I’m often reminded of Sisyphus. Remember him? He was the Greek king who forever pushed a gigantic boulder up the hill, only to have it roll back down to the bottom nightly.  For many of us, achieving our New Year’s resolutions is something like that. 

Despite our best efforts, most of us will wake up every morning having made little progress, with the same boulder of bad habits stuck at our feet. So what’s going on?

First, I want to clear up a misunderstanding. A lack of willpower is not your problem. In fact, there is no such thing as willpower.

I say this because “will” is not something you have, it’s something you do. There isn’t a magical gland which secretes this hormonal syrup called willpower. So rather than knocking yourself for lacking something which isn’t real, doesn’t it make more sense to engage in the active process of willing your resolutions into reality?

Scientists apparently claim that our brains take in about 11 million bits of information per second but that we are only consciously aware of about nine of them in any given moment. This means that you are mostly unconscious of what goes into creating your reality at any given moment.

For instance, thousands of past events, insights and decisions are constantly working in the background as a blueprint for your life to determine what is possible for you.

The scary thing is that this blueprint has been guiding your actions, your thoughts and your responses from as far back as you can remember and for the most part you’ve accepted it as true long before you were old enough to think about it critically.

I’m horrified each time I observe one of my bad habits being picked up by my kids, yet I know that this is typical.

Mindfulness and self-hypnosis combined, which I’ve been teaching at my workshops, offer the fastest and most effective way I know of to, first, become aware of your internal blueprint, and secondly, to start rewriting it so that your New Year’s wishes become a reality.

  • Joseph Pond is a clinical hypnotherapist, an acupuncturist, and a mindfulness instructor. He is co-founder of Hypnosis Explorers NI and conducts workshops in hypnosis with PowerTrance.  Reach him at or at

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