When You say "I AM" what are You Communicating to Yourself?
USING the “I AM”
Self Hypnosis Technique

This article was originally published Feb. 27th, 2012 by William C. Smith

Today we’re going to talk about how powerful the two simple little words “I am” really are.
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.“Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.” - John Lennon
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You will probably be very surprised after you do the exercise included in the article that you’ll discover some things about yourself. As you probably know, I’m a Board Certified Hypnotist and also an Alpha Process Coach. This is an exercise I do sometimes with my clients to help them better understand that the best way to find the solution the problem they come to me with is not “why” they have the problem, but rather “how” the words they may be using are possibly sabotaging their efforts to make changes.
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Before we even get started with this article, you’ve got an assignment.
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Get out a piece of paper and something to write with. You’re going to finish some sentences with the FIRST thoughts that come to your head You’re going to read the sentence and then write FIVE (at least, more is OK) endings.
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DO NOT take more than three seconds (OK five at the most) to fill in each blank.
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Now, finish the sentence with words that describe you. Do at least FIVE.
I am __________________________
I am __________________________
I am __________________________
I am __________________________
I am __________________________
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Now, do the same thing with this sentence:
I am feeling __________________________
I am feeling __________________________
I am feeling __________________________
I am feeling __________________________
I am feeling __________________________
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And now for this sentence:
I am always __________________________
I am always __________________________
I am always __________________________
I am always __________________________
I am always __________________________
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And how about this one?
I am never __________________________
I am never __________________________
I am never __________________________
I am never __________________________
I am never __________________________
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DO NOT PROCEED UNTIL YOU’VE DONE THE EXERCISE ABOVE. If you haven't done this exercise, STOP reading and do them. NOW!
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You’ve got time! You’re worth taking a few minutes to learn a technique that will help replace those sabotage thoughts you’ve been bothered with for a while with thoughts that will help you SUCCEED! Aren’t you?
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And besides, no one else needs to see what you wrote, unless you want to show them.
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OK, now that you’ve done them, let’s go back and look at what you wrote. You DID do the exercise. Didn’t you?
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If not, go back and do them, otherwise we’re both wasting our time here. Well, I’m not since I wrote this for my newsletter and use it with my clients, I’ve already gotten some value from this.
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But before we do, here’s something to think about.
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Whatever follows “I am” is what you are telling yourself you are, and therefore will continue to be. Until you change what follows “I am”!
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Go back and look at how you filled in those blanks.
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Were they positive or negative statements?
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On the “I am” statements, did you fill in the blanks with words like:
Confident
Friendly
Intelligent
Happy
Physically fit
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Or did you use words like:
Insecure
Lonely or Shy
Dumb
Unhappy
Fat or Skinny or Out of Shape
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And now how about the “I am Feeling” sentences?
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Did you finish the sentences with words like:
Depressed
Tired
Bored
Overworked / Underpaid
Helpless
Stressed
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Or did you use words like:
Happy
Excited
Fulfilled / Useful
In Control
Relaxed
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Now – the “I am Always”. Are these words on your list?
Late
Stressed
Procrastinating
Broke (as in no money, not as in needing fixed)
Worrying about something
Over eating
Angry
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Or did these words make your list?
On Time!
Calm
Getting things done
Expecting good things to Happen
Eating right
Loving
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And yes, the “I’m Never” words could be that you found the above lists of words reversed.
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Here’s something else to think about.
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A lot of people use “I AM” sentences when they really mean “I am feeling”.
Here’s an example:
I am hungry.
Should be
“I am feeling hungry.”
I am angry.
Should be
“I am feeling angry.”
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However, my thoughts are that if it’s a positive, then it’s OK to say “I am” such as “I am happy”!
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When we say “I am . . .” remember, it sends a signal to the SubConscious that you are and will remain. So it’s OK to be and remain happy.
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Now, that you’ve looked at the results, what does it tell you?
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Are there some changes you want to make? And if so, are you ready to?
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And if you’re ready, is it more than just a whiney “I want to, as long as I don’t really have to do anything?”
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It amazes me how many times people want to make changes, but not if it might cause them a little inconvenience or maybe even a little effort!
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If it’s bothering you so much you want to change, then it’s bothering you enough to actually make the change, even if it might require some effort. If you’re not willing to put forth at least a little effort (and it really doesn’t take as much as you probably think, but it will take effort and persistence), then you’re really not ready to change.
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We either make changes because the pain of the situation is so bad, or the reward for the change is so good.
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Now, ask yourself these questions.
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What will my life be IF I don’t change?
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AndWhat will my life be WHEN I do change?
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Did you notice the “If” and “WHEN”?
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There’s a big difference in those words.
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“If” implies you might change. “WHEN” says you’re going to – a Confidence Booster!
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Now take some time and really think about those two questions. Do some Daydreaming. Use your Imagination.
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What WILL your life be like IF you DON’T change?
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What WILL your life be like WHEN you DO change?
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The SubConscious Mind doesn’t know the difference between reality and imagination. And it trusts you! Whatever you say, it takes for the truth!
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Some of those negative things you’ve been telling yourself using the “I am” statements have been imprinted for a very long time. Haven’t they? You were using a NEGATIVE form of Self Hypnosis to create a negative outcome for yourself.
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Here’s the good news, it doesn’t take a very long time to override and rewrite what your SubConscious Mind thinks – you just have to be Persistent and do it. It’s time to use some POSITIVE Self Hypnosis to create the positive “I AM’s” you want and deserve to have in your life.
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Have you ever heard of the “Act as If” Principle?
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Well it’s time to effort (instead of “try”), put forth the “effort” the “Talk to myself as if” Principle.
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Start using the POSITIVE “I AM” statements, consistently, persistently until you get the results you want.
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OK, I heard that! Someone just asked the question, “But won’t I be lying to myself?”
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Maybe. Maybe not! Maybe the negative “I AM’s” are really the lies, but you’ve told yourself the lie so many times that you’ve learned to believe it.
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But remember what I said about the SubConscious Mind? It doesn’t know the difference between reality and imagination. Whatever you see around you, any invention – TV, computers, cell phones, airplanes – all at one times were lies – were impossible – until someone imagined them and then created them.
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What you use your imagination to create by saying “I am . . . .” in a POSITIVE way, will eventually create the “I AM” you WANT TO BE! Will it happen overnight? In a week? In a month? Probably not. But then you didn’t become the NEGATIVE “I AM” in a very short time either.
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Remember, it takes imagination (positive), repetition, and persistence.
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"I am always doing things I can't do, that's how I get to do them." - Pablo Picasso
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Now, here are some of my “I AM’s”:
I am a Great Hypnotist.
I am an Excellent Listener.
I am Healthy!
I am Successful
I am Genuinely Interested in Helping my Clients and Friends.
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I am feeling Excited about Life.
I am feeling Energized today.
I am feeling Calm and Relaxed.
I am feeling Confident
I am feeling Very Creative
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I am Always Healthy.
I am Always in Control
I am Always Productive.
I am Always Expecting Good Things in Life.
I am Always Learning something New and Interesting.
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I am Never sick.
I am Never late.
I am Never discouraged.
I am Never without Options.
I am Never worried.
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Are they ALWAYS true? Maybe not. But the more I use these thoughts, the more they are likely to become and remain true.
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"Your imagination is your preview of life's coming attractions." - Albert Einstein
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Start using this wonderful Self Hypnosis tool today – not tomorrow, not next week – TODAY! The quicker, more frequent you do, the quicker you begin making those changes.
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And that’s my story and I’m sticking with it!

My professional office is located in the Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex. And I am available to travel (at your expense) worldwide for individual and group programs. I am also available for Video Skype Sessions

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