Ever wish you could change a bad habit in an instant? Have you ever heard someone say, “If you really wanted to change you would just change, just do it.”
Of course you think, it’s not that easy, if it were I would have done it by now. Imagine if it were that easy, we just didn’t have the right techniques to override the pleasurable aspects of our bad habit.
I want to share with you a powerful visualization technique called the swish pattern. I first heard about it while listening to Tony Robbins course Personal Power 2.
So far, I’ve done this visualization about 3 separate times, in an attempt to change my habit of pretty much eating anything that winds up in our kitchen at work, from cookies and donuts to pizza and subs. A lot of food ends up in that kitchen, and I would bet I’m the one to eat most of it. If food sticks around long enough to be thrown out, it’s probably cause I mustered up enough willpower, on those days not to eat any of it.
After Tony said to try the swish pattern out on a bad habit you wanted to get rid of, eating donuts and Timbits that wind up in the kitchen was the first thing that came to mind. Funny enough, the video below actually shows you the technique with the example of wanting to stop eating donuts. Nice to know many people must have this bad habit.
After doing this technique the first day, then the second and then I did a third day just for good measure, my desire to eat any candy or donuts has never been so low. You know how they tell you to think about your goal when these willpower challenges come up, but your goal never seems strong enough to compete with a donut, well at least for me. After the swish pattern, as soon as I saw the donut, BOOM, there was my goal and what I would be giving up if I ate one.
I still have to use willpower, sometimes unsuccessful when it comes to other foods I don’t really want to eat. Honestly though I’ve been afraid to use this technique with all the other foods I know I shouldn’t be eating. I’m afraid because it works so well, my brain isn’t ready to 100% give up that bacon and egg bagel melt on a jalapeno bagel, even though I feel horrible after having it.
I am going to start working on them this weekend. My list of things I want to stop doing, each one would be a different swish pattern visualization:
- Donuts, Tim bits – Just cause you do the visualization a few times, doesn’t mean you’ll never have to do it again.
- Cheap flour cookies – Not the small specialty type. I’d like to have those when I occasionally come across them.
- Cheap candies
- Big Macs
- Procrastination – On editing my writing, work, updating finances in quicken, working from my do list in Omni focus and lots more I’m sure will surface now that I’m really paying attention.
I love the animation in the first video, but I like the visualization method better the way Tony describes it. Tony’s video was obviously taken many years ago, try not to let that deter you. The swish technique is timeless. I look forward to hearing what bad habits you used it for and how it’s working.