Anyone studying hypnosis would have learned about Emile Coue. He was an amazingly brilliant French pharmacist and psychologist who believed we all have within our selves the instruments of our own cure. To achieve this he used self-hypnosis, affirmations and created a set of "Laws" to help over come our resistance to change. If you are trying to loose weight, stop smoking, or break any habit or compulsive behaviour, you need to over come one of these laws. Below is a brief description of his laws and how they work. Once you understand which law applies to you, it helps you to over come it.
The Law of Reverse Effect - When you want to make a change, but feel you can't really do it. i.e. Think of a smoker. Do you want to quit or do you have to quit. Someone else telling you to do it.
The Law of Dominant Effect - Every time the will and the imagination come into conflict, we do precisely the opposite of what we want. i.e. You want to quit or change something, but can't SEE yourself doing it.
The Law of Concentrated Attention - When your attention is focused on a suggestion or idea, the result is magnified. i.e. "Every day in every way I am better and better".
The Law of Auxiliary Emotions - When an idea is influenced by emotion it tend to be realised. i.e. You know someone who gets lung cancer and the FEAR you might too - drives you to quit. Fear is a great motivator.
If we use these laws to our advantage, then change can happen faster.
I encourage anyone interested to read My Methods by Emile Coue.