Autosuggestion — Success From Within

by Kim on March 11, 2010

Meditating at the water's edge

Success from Within

I want you to stop what you are doing for a moment and go find a pen and paper.

Got it?

Good. Now write down your innermost desire for your chosen profession, but don’t write it as a want – write it as if you have already achieved your goal.

So instead of…

“I want to be a creative artist.”


“I satisfy my emotional and economic needs as a working creative artist.”

Okay, I know some of you are rolling your eyes at me right about now. I get that a lot… it’s often followed by muttering ‘New Age nonsense!’

It’s okay if you don’t want to believe this process. It’s your belief and a belief’s job is to defend itself. But, ultimately it’s your loss because this is one of the best ways to create meaningful change in your life.

This is autosuggestion.

History of Autosuggestion

Far from being some form of New Age hocus-pocus, autosuggestion has a long history among philosophers, psychologists and scientists. It can best be summed up in the words of the 17th Century philosopher Descartes: I Think, Therefore I Am.

More recently, back in the midst of the Great Depression, Napoleon Hill wrote the classic Think and Grow Rich which explored the subject of autosuggestion. The book was written with the cooperation of Andrew Carnegie, one of the world’s all-time wealthiest men, and was the culmination of years of research on those who had achieved great financial success.

And what did Napoleon Hill discover? Those who expected great things achieved great things. Positive thoughts brought about positive actions that brought about positive results.

In the last few decades, scientific research has built upon these early ideas and shown that autosuggestion and positive thinking strategies can indeed influence behavior and outcomes. Some studies even suggest that our thoughts are tied to our physical health and well-being.

Isn’t that all the more reason to flood our minds with positive thoughts!?

Autosuggestion and Your Business

At its core, autosuggestion is essentially implanting a directive into your subconscious to do something. When you tell yourself that you do indeed (not merely want to) work at home, your subconscious mind begins to work toward that goal. It will not be happy until the thought that is in your mind is aligned with your reality. As a result, your mind will be open to new opportunities and insights you might otherwise overlook.

There are a number of ways to practice autosuggestion. These include…

  • Journaling
  • Visualization
  • Self-Hypnosis

Journaling is an ideomotor activity.  While you may be conscious of the words you write, the involuntary motions that you make with your pen reach the subconscious area of your mind – catering to imagery and imagination vs. logic.  Did your grade school teacher ever make you write standards?  Whatever was being written, she did not want you to forget! With practice and persistence, this process is highly effective – just keep it positive!

Visualization caters to the subconscious mind at a metaphorical level.  The subconscious mind loves pictures and the use of your imagination. The more you involve your senses and emotions, the more your subconscious is inclined to oblige.

I’ll cover hypnosis in a future article.

At their core, each method taps into the immense power of the subconscious mind. We often overlook just how important all those thoughts, feelings, and expectations – simmering just below the surface of our consciousness – are to our success. They truly can make or break our life plans and dreams.

I purposely excluded affirmations and meditation.  Affirmations can be useful for some people, but it is more of a conscious activity.  Meditation touts clearing the mind of thoughts.

Start Using Autosuggestion Today

As a clinical hypnotherapist, I have used autosuggestion to create business success for others. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please let me know.

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Lisa March 12, 2010 at 6:44 am

Thanks for this post, Kim. I use affirmations a lot, but will now incorporate autosuggestion.

I do work from home, make good money and am completely fulfilled 😉


Kim March 12, 2010 at 7:16 am

Hi Lisa,

Great to see you! It’s true — we get what we expect. 🙂


Keith Davis March 13, 2010 at 5:13 am

Hi Kim
Visualisation is something that sportsmen use a lot.
Watch the skiers before a run… they trace the course in the mind in preparation for the real thing.

It is also used in my area of interest, Public Speaking.
It allows people to see a positive outcome rather than the doom and gloom that most of us dwell on.

Of course behind the visualisation is a lot of hard work, preparation and practice.


Kim March 13, 2010 at 6:17 am

Hi Keith,

It’s wonderful to have you here.

I definitely noted the Olympic athletes using visualization. It’s wonderful that you use this exercise in helping others with Public Speaking. Visualization can be used in almost any area of our life to enhance achievement and aid in creating positive outcomes.


Ben March 13, 2010 at 6:53 am

Nice post Kim.

I find through my work that people miss the point with Auto Suggestion. They either think that it’s new age nonsense or they think that by simple writing down or visualisation what they want to achieve then that’s enough.

Auto Suggestion is a great way to engage your sub-conscious in to driving you towards what you want to achieve but you still need to go out there and take massive action. Auto Suggestion helps to open up you mind to potential opportunities and options that you’re often blinded to with a narrow focus.

Thanks for sharing this


Kim March 13, 2010 at 10:09 am

So wonderful to see you here Ben.

You make an important point — Auto suggestion is indeed a great way to engage the sub-conscious mind to driving you toward desired achievements AND focused action toward goals are key.

Thank you for contributing.


Baker March 13, 2010 at 10:09 am

Great post. This principle was made famous by Napoleon Hill from Think and Grow Rich. There may have been several other books that mention, this but that was actually the first book I read that made the practice of daily autosuggestion become part of my daily habit. Thanks for the reminder.


Kim March 14, 2010 at 7:18 am

Hi Baker,

So good to see you. Your poem is an excellent example of the positive words you have as reminders for inner peace.
See you there 🙂


ayo March 13, 2010 at 3:34 pm

hi kim
how are you?
love your thoughts on auto suggestions and yes people are skeptical about it based on different approaches, condition of their thoughts, behaviours……
these lines ‘Those who expected great things achieved great things. Positive thoughts brought about positive actions that brought about positive results’, struck a note in my head.
enjoy the rest of the weekend


Kim March 14, 2010 at 7:29 am

Hi Ayo,

You’ve exemplified positive thoughts, positive actions and positive results. You’re an inspiring busy bee. Thank you for being here.


Ben Weston March 13, 2010 at 7:28 pm

Hey Kim,

It’s a shame you get the New Age mumbo jumbo eye roll from people too. I write in my journal (in the form of visualizations) and visualize every night and have found those two to be critical in much of my successes.

I didn’t know you were a clinical hypnotherapist. That’s really cool! I’m really curious to know what you do with your clients to implant new beliefs into their subconscious. I’m looking forward to that post!

Take care,


Kim March 14, 2010 at 8:13 am

Hello Ben,

Great to see you! It’s wonderful that you journal and use visualizations consistently. Your success is not by accident.

The information overload you had referenced (click Ben’s link for the 4HWW), actually puts you in a hypnotic state. When the mind receives too much input, the primitive and involuntary action of fight/flight occurs a.k.a we check out or zone out. Here is where we become hyper-suggestible and the subconscious mind is accessible.

So, after a full day of information overload, journaling and visualizing prior to sleep each night allows your mind to process your desires as you dream.

Take care.


Catrien Ross March 14, 2010 at 12:37 am

Kim, hello again, and thank for this encouraging reminder that our thoughts really do create our reality, and that what we tell ourselves often turns out exactly as we said it would! To begin to dream, to visualize, and then to act with intention to realize our thoughts, is a powerful combination that takes us where we truly want to go, to become what we genuinely want to be. Warm wishes from the mountains in Japan – Catrien Ross.


Kim March 14, 2010 at 8:20 am

Hello Catrien,

I enjoy your warm wishes from Japan! You have easily summarized how we truly manifest outcomes beginning with our thoughts. I’m happy to have your presence and contribution.

Warm Regards.


Ivana Sendecka March 14, 2010 at 4:22 am

Hi Kim!
Thanks for your post, thanks to it I have just realized that I am already functioning in autosuggestion mode for quite some time. I was not aware of it;-)
Journal is simply “my time” each day for last 2 years. Visualizing was pretty natural way of improving my basketball tricks when I played bball since early teenage years. And affirmation? Every day is manifestation of: ask-believe-shall receive and since I have started to enjoy the journey, not focusing on outcome, life is a BLISS;-)

Have a super cool Sunday all of you guys!
cheers from Slovakia


Kim March 14, 2010 at 8:48 am

Hi Ivana,

Our self-talk is ever running, it’s good to check in with ourselves and make sure it’s positive. I marvel at athletes’ performances knowing they’ve used visualization to enhance their hard work. I’m sure you have some awesome bball tricks on the court 😉

Cheers to enjoying the journey and BLISS in staying present.

I appreciate you stopping by — I know your reader was full and you’ve been ‘shipping’ cool things in Slovakia 😉

Be well.


Jeremy Johnson April 16, 2010 at 1:26 pm

You’ve read, “Think and Grow Rich” I love that you talked about picturing things as if you already achieved them. Much more powerful. This is great Kim!


Ajay March 25, 2011 at 3:35 am

Could you recommend a book or two on autosuggestion? I would love to read up on the subject.


Kim Maglinti March 26, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Hi Ajay,

You might enjoy Self Hypnotism by Leslie M. LeCron and The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy.

Thank you for stopping by 🙂


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