6 Steps to Goal Setting with Self Hypnosis

In this article I will show you how to improve your goal setting with self hypnosis, to tap into the power of your subconscious mind to help you achieve even greater results. 

When you have ADHD, it’s not so much about working harder, but smarter. For those of us with ADHD, this simple but powerful goal setting system, when practised daily, can really help us get motivated and achieve our goals with more ease. 

Myself and my clients have found that combining your goal setting with self hypnosis has sometimes helped us achieve more in a matter of weeks than we did in a couple years! Now it’s your turn to tap into the power of your subconscious…

What Is Hypnosis?

During an average day we will experience spontaneous, natural trance states, many times a day.

For example, when we are daydreaming, spaced out, feeling absent-minded, when we are watching television, or when we are travelling and experience time slowing down or speeding up.

So there is this natural form of hypnosis. Then there is the hypnosis that is facilitated by the hypnotherapist.

It’s also important to note that there are two types of trance. Positive and negative.

If you were getting yourself into a negative state and worrying about some possible event in the future, for example, that would be an example of negative self-hypnosis.

We can also, of course, do the opposite and imagine saying positive, constructive things to ourselves, or imagine positive, pleasurable things happening. That is an example of a Positive Trance or positive self hypnosis.

All we do in formal hypnotherapy is guide you into a daydream state of mind using suggestion, breathing, and music, and make sure that you go into a Positive Trance which is also constructive.

Consciousness: The Difference Between Animals and Humans

One of the differences between humans and animals is that we have developed a conscious mind, which can help us reflect on the past and plan for the future.

A dog, for example, eats when it’s hungry, sleeps when it’s sleepy, and is hard-wired to chase the neighbour’s cat.

If the neighbour’s cat gets away again, the dog doesn’t think “Damn, what can I do differently next time?” But human beings can! We can consciously reflect and readjust.

Note: that doesn’t mean that animals can’t learn new tricks, they can, but there’s no consciousness or self-awareness involved (at least in the sense that we just defined it).

Why You Need a User’s Manual of the Mind

Unfortunately, that same conscious mind that can help us come up with new ideas, inventions, and creativity, can also lead us into fear, despair, and ruin.

Whilst we may have received a User’s manual for our latest gadget or device, we unfortunately don’t receive one for our own brain.

Well, we do kind of. We receive an implicit “User’s Manual of the Mind” according to what we’ve been taught by our peers, parents, teachers, media, and religion.

Unfortunately, though, that manual tends to be full of errors, out of date information, and what I call “mind viruses” – toxic and maladaptive belief systems.

What we need is an up-to-date User’s Manual of the Mind that can help us move forward with our life-goals. Whilst we don’t have the space to outline the entire manual here, the following is a good start…

Why Questions Determine Answers

What we need to be aware of, is that our conscious mind’s function is to mostly ask questions and set goals.

I’m constantly reminding my clients of the old adage “Garbage in, garbage out.” Which means “The quality of your questions determines the quality of your answers.”

So that is the role of the Conscious Mind: To ask questions! But what of the subconscious mind? It is the subconscious mind that answers your questions…

Furthermore, your subconscious mind does not discriminate or judge between good or bad, and will merely answer according to the quality of your question!

So if we ask “Why do I suck at goal setting?” it will give you plenty of reasons why!  But if you ask, “How can I improve at goal setting?” it will search for answers to help you get better at goal setting – even if you suck at it, and even if you have ADHD!

Emotion: The Key to Hypnotic Goal Setting

Another key difference between your conscious and subconscious minds, is that in terms of Goal Setting your conscious mind will think in terms of objects, e.g. I want a relationship or car.

Your conscious mind will be more focused on the qualities of the object, such as what it looks like.

Your subconscious mind, meanwhile, will be focused more on how having that new car, relationship, or skill, will make you feel.

For example, your real reason for having a relationship with a particular kind of person, or having a particular kind of car, is that you subconsciously seek how that will make you feel.

Will it make you feel happy, powerful, loved, free?

The key to achieving your goals with self hypnosis is to make sure you engage the subconscious mind in the process by identifying your feelings.

By doing this, you’ll have much more chance of avoiding any conflict between the desires of your conscious and subconscious minds.

That’s important because when there is a mis-alignment between the Conscious and Subconscious Mind, guess who wins? It’s always the subconscious mind, because we are 99% subconscious beings.

In other words, Will Power alone (conscious) mind is often not enough! 

So when you think about what you want in life, and plan your goals, remember to get your subconscious on your side.

And the great thing is, when we work more from the level of feelings, rather than just things, our subconscious mind is more likely to help us achieve or have that thing – or something greater or different that we hadn’t yet thought of…

After all, we may want certain things because we think we “should” have them, because we’ve been told that we are a “better person” by having them, or that they are a “necessity.”

What if, in fact, that isn’t necessarily true. Most of the time most of us don’t even know what we want or what is good for us, because we’ve been so heavily influenced by our peers, parents, media, and religion.

Get your subconscious mind on your side by focusing on the feeling of your goals, and you will find that your subconscious mind is like an inner guide that helps you find what you need rather than what you want…

The 6 Steps to Goal Setting with Self Hypnosis

By combining your goal setting with self hypnosis you can now take your development to the next level!

Here is a simple system for helping you achieve this

  1. You set your Big Goal Down on paper to activate your conscious mind, e.g. “I want to be more efficient at work by getting more work done and earning more commissions.”
  2. Activate your Subconscious Mind by Feeling how you will feel being X. Amplify the good feeling. State the feeling. “When achieving this goal I feel X…” Write that down too. If there is no good feeling, repeat Step 1, and make your goal juicier if need be!
  3. Then set yourself a mini action goal or baby step, that will help move you one step closer to your goal. For example, “I will aim to read one chapter of this book on productivity I’ve been meaning to read.”
  4. Do a self-hypnosis session directly after going through the first 3 steps.
  5. Go and carry out the small action step.
  6. Rinse and repeat.

Do this 6 step Hypnotic Goal Setting process at least once per day to help you get motivated and achieve your goals with self hypnosis. 

You can follow the 6 Step Process above and listen to any guided Hypnosis, guided visualisation, or meditation recording you like, practise self-hypnosis, meditate or just have a ten-minute power nap after setting your goal.

By doing this, you let your subconscious mind take over at this point, and get to work on your behalf by helping you make the goal happen with more clarity and ease.  

Next week I will be sharing with you my own “Hypnotic Goal Setting” mp3 recording to help motivate you to set and achieve your goals. I wrote and recorded it especially for you, and you’ve got nothing to lose, and everything to gain – because it’s completely free! 🙂 


  1. Gerry on March 10, 2024 at 12:10 pm

    It was very nice reading this. Thank you for the clear explanation and opportunity to engage.

    • Jamie on May 22, 2024 at 8:14 pm

      I am glad you found this article helpful. Any questions do not hesitate to get in touch.

      Jamie Vasilyan
      ADDvantage Hypnotherapy

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