A Secret to Souping Up Your Resolutions

Mark O'Connor, jazz violinist
It’s that time of year when many of us find our New Year’s resolutions have become tarnished. One of the best ways to recharge resolutions or other change efforts is called “utilization” in the psychotherapy world. First, you identify the aspect of yourself that you most want to reject or fight, and find a way to “utilize” (that is, to harness) it’s energy. The late hypnotherapist, Dr. Milton Erickson, is famous for doing this.

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