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“No One Performs Better When They’re Tense or Stressed”

Monday, April 6th, 2015

When an individual is relaxed, focused and confident, they’ll always perform at a higher level than if they’re stressed, worried and un-confident. Many think one has to be wired in order to perform better. Not true. Think about it. If a bugler plays taps at an event and is stressed, the chance of missing a note goes up. And… would you rather have a surgeon operate on you if that doctor is stressed, or a doctor that is relaxed and focused? How about when an airliner is making an approach in rough weather – do you want the pilot to be stressed, or to be relaxed and focused?
Remember USA flight 1080? That’s the one where the plane hit a flock of birds on takeoff causing both engines to flame out. But… the pilots safely landed the plane in the Hudson River! Do you remember the common theme of the passenger interviews? Every passenger remarked on” how calm the pilot and copilot behaved.”
Can it be any different for you whether you’re making a speech, a presentation, a sales call or a job interview (which actually is a sales call?) A person that’s confident and relaxed is always more focused and always performs at a higher level. If this is what one desires, this most definitely calls for a way of thinking that is different from the thinking of the past. There needs to be a new norm.
When confronted by disappointment, a problem or uncertainty – the average person’s reflex is to stress. But stressing cuts one off from the only two problem solvers that one possesses – their imagination and creativity. Imagination and creativity are located in the subconscious mind. Hypnosis is the bridge to the subconscious mind.
If you have any interest in reinventing yourself to move past stress and to utilize your subconscious mind, give me a call.

Going the distance – or it’s always too soon to quit!

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

No matter how long it takes or how far one has to travel, if one doesn’t go the distance… the whole way… if one quits too soon, it just doesn’t matter. To win in life, one must go the distance, falling short is never acceptable.

My name is Bob Crow and I’m a behavioral therapist board certified in both clinical and medical hypnosis. As I’ve traveled North America, it’s the stories of the struggles of people overcoming obstacles that inspire me – not those that had the good life handed to them. One of the speeches that I give that’s been requested over and over again is one called Going The Distance. I’ve delivered it hundreds of times in over a quarter of a century of speaking to all kinds of organizations from civic to corporate to medical. Let me tell you about a man that inspired part of that speech. A man that despite getting off to a difficult start went the distance.

The future looked bright and promising to the college bound high school senior. But getting a girl a pregnant in the summer before he was to enter college altered his life path significantly. He went from student government to fueling trucks at a truck stop. He went from activities with his friends to stocking shelves at a grocery store. He went from mowing the grass at his parent’s home to emptying bed pans in a hospital, He and his pregnant wife lived with his parent’s while he worked one job full time and two part time jobs while going to college fulltime. His work load was so great that at the end of his first semester, he went from honor roll to academic probation.

Eventually he was able to move his family out his parent’s home and into government housing. A chance meeting with a famous individual opened some doors, but competition was tough, and he had to prove himself and his abilities. He had to acquire skills and do things that he had never done before. It was a lot of hard work, but he chose opportunity rather than security. Everything that he tried didn’t work. But he kept at it and made things happen. Many individuals though, have opportunities open to them that they never seize.

His goal in life was to make enough money so that money would never again be a consideration! It was never a matter of buying toys and keeping up with the Jones, but to be able to provide a comfortable, rewarding and an exciting life for himself and his loved ones. As his income grew, he and his family were able to move out of the apartment and into their first home.  With a greatly enlarged income he was able to get rid of the junk car and buy a new Ford. He criss-crossed the country by air and by car in those early years, and he would routinely drive a 100,000 miles a year. As his income increased, they were able to drive the cars of their choice, were able to live in larger and more comfortable homes, and were able to provide educations for their children and to travel to some exotic locations. He didn’t view his achievements as extraordinary, he just did what he needed to do. To keep on keeping on! To go the distance.

It wasn’t easy. There was a debilitating sporting accident. There were businesses setbacks with a resulting bankruptcy. One can’t acquire the knowledge and learn the needed lessons, if things always work out as desired on the first attempt. And then at the age of fifty one, he began to further educate himself and earned advanced degrees in a new field.

Today he’s considered to be an expert in that field. He’s a sought after public speaker in demand to address corporations, civic groups and sports organization throughout country. So you might ask, was the price too high? The price of success in the long run is less than the price of failure. It’s always been and will continue to be that way It’s always too early to quit.

Are you on the verge of quitting? Of throwing in the towel? Why not call Bob Crow at 404.277.1827 for a no cost consultation and examine ways to kick start your career? To move into the next chapter of your life? To reinvent yourself? The story above is just one of thousands that happen every day in this great country.

What if… at any step of the way he would have quit? What if you quit?



Procrastination… is the ruination of inspiration!

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

If you don’t get it done… it doesn’t really matter why… does it? You didn’t get it done. Period. It doesn’t matter how great the idea was. How important it was. How inspired your concept was. Or how much it needed to be done. If you didn’t do it… you didn’t do it. Resolutions, promises and vows to yourself to the contrary. Most often people don’t get things done for the simple reason that they put off starting them! Many of the people that contact me do so because they have a problem with procrastination. They relate that they either “don’t know why they procrastinate” or they have a variety of reasons and excuses as to just why they do so.

I’m Bob Crow and I’m a Behavioral Therapist. I am a co founder of the Atlanta Center for Behavioral Change in Atlanta, Georgia. I’m board certified in both clinical and medical hypnosis. Although I practice hypnosis, it isn’t the only therapy that I utilize, but by far it’s the most effective.

In the mid 1980’s Reebok was sweeping the aerobic race and consequently selling more gym shoes than Nike. Nike countered with the theme, Just do it! and Nike gained an overwhelming market share. Just do it!… then became Nike’s slogan. Comedian Daniel Lawrence Whitney, better know as Larry the Cable Guy made popular the motto “Get ‘er done”.  I would also add to that: Get ‘er started and get ‘er finished!

But barring that the individual isn’t lazy – what keeps many from getting started, or once they’re started… from finishing? Almost always it’s fear. In many many instances it’s the fear of failure. I ask this question of individuals that I’m working with: “If you knew you couldn’t fail and things would work out, would you put the project off or fail to finish or as Larry the Cable Guy says – “Get ‘er done!”

I invite you to call Bob Crow at 404.277.1827 for a consultation. Why not find out whatever it is that has been causing you to sabotage yourself, and move past procrastination with hypnosis! Don’t put off calling! Don’t procrastinate calling me. Don’t delay and don’t put it off. Call me and let’s get started!

Have you ever really done your best? Really?

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

In this chapter we’re going to discuss how individuals that have developed certain skills whether it be in sales, sports, public speaking, playing the piano, acting or whatever, that are performing below their skill level, can benefit greatly from hypnotherapy. Using hypnosis will enable one to change how they see themselves performing. Hypnotherapy will sharpen their skills and their abilities and will bring about startling improvements in their performance.

When a person analyzes their performance they are doing so with the beta or conscious mind. The nick name for the conscious mind is the critical mind. Interesting isn’t it? Have you ever really done your best? Really? Have you ever wanted to do your best, but came up short? Have you ever had the feeling deep down, that maybe you could have done better? That something was holding you back? That possibly… just possibly, even though you didn’t mean to or want to, that you were somehow sabotaging yourself? Unwittingly… you probably were. Most people’s belief system in their abilities has been corrupted by others opinions of them, including parents and family as they were growing up, by what has been said to them.

I’m Bob Crow. I’m a behavioral therapist practicing in Atlanta GA. I’m board certified in clinical and medical hypnotherapy. A great deal of my practice is performance oriented. I work with people that wish to improve their performance in sports, sales, weight loss, public speaking, marital relationships, family relationships, and work place relationships – in fact anywhere they wish to excel – hypnosis will be very beneficial.

How a person sees them self is the most determining factor in how they’ll perform. If one sees themselves in their subconscious mind as an average or a below average performer, no matter how much motivation or training they receive, they will perform in an average or below average fashion. Period. If our subconscious sees us as having limited abilities – that is how we will perform.

Why doesn’t “psyching” yourself up – work? It’s because when one attempts to psych themselves up; the only tool at their disposal is the conscious mind. But… that isn’t where the lack of confidence and limiting beliefs are located! Those beliefs are located in the cognitive maps of the subconscious mind. Therefore to bring about the desired increase in performance, one must work with the subconscious mind, and the only way that the subconscious mind can be accessed deliberately is through hypnosis. That’s why hypnosis is known as the bridge to the subconscious mind.

I have individuals that come to see me because they want to be able to speak in public. With hypnosis, I work with them not just to be able to deliver the speech without messing up – but to make a truly exciting, interesting and compelling speech. You can’t do that unless you see yourself as a great public speaker in your subconscious mind.

We’ve discussed how trying to psych yourself using your conscious mind can’t work long term and short with any discernible amount of difference. So in whatever area of your life, where just trying harder didn’t seem to make any appreciable difference, call Bob Crow at 404.277.1827 for a complimentary consultation. We’ll visit about what you are wanting to improve at and you can determine whether you want to utilize the power of hypnosis – not to just do better, but to excel!

Need to… or want to – which is more important?

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

My name is Bob Crow. I’m a behavioral therapist that is board certified in both clinical and medical hypnotherapy. I practice in Atlanta, Georgia at the Atlanta Center for Behavioral Change.

With hypnotherapy it’s impossible for me to make someone do something that they don’t want to do – stage hypnosis shows to the contrary. Hypnosis therapy will enable an individual to make behavioral changes that they want to make. There may be changes that they need to make, but wanting to make them is more important than needing to make them. The want to needs to be stronger than the need to!

For example – the evidence is undisputable that cigarette smoking does cause several kinds of cancer in addition to lung cancer. The 5000 to 7000 carcinogenic agents in every cigarette are absorbed by the blood in the lungs. This blood is pumped throughout the entire body. Hence one can also contract testicular, ovarian, bladder, breast, kidney, liver and well you get the picture. The important thing is for a smoker to not only know that he or she needs to stop smoking, but more importantly that they must want to stop smoking as well.

An obese individual knows that a high fat, high sugar and high simple carbohydrate diet can bring on and exacerbate diabetes, colon cancer, breast cancer and heart disease. The most important thing is not for an individual to know that they need to immediately change their eating choices and habits, but more importantly that they want to change their eating behavior.

If a person wants to make a behavioral change, hypnosis by a qualified hypnotherapist most definitely is the best choice. The smoking and overeating habits reside in the cognitive maps of the subconscious mind, therefore resolutions to stop smoking or eat healthier and in the correct amounts won’t enable the individual to change because that person is trying to accomplish that with their conscious mind. Long term – that simply cannot be done. Remember – your want to must be greater than your need to!

I invite you to call me, Bob Crow for a consultation for any area of your life that you feel needs behavioral change. Call Bob Crow at 404.277.1827 at the Atlanta Center for Behavioral Change.

About taking action

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Hypnosis is the remedy for failing to take action. Rarely does one continue to not take action for any other reason than fear. Kicking the can down the road, preparing and over preparing, delaying for just the right moment are all nothing more than procrastination. Period. Rationalization is just lying to yourself! An individual paralyzed by fear will most often dispute and deny this is the case. They continue to come up with reasons – actually their excuses to delay the action that they need to take. Of course they vehemently defend that they’re avoiding taking this action.

Why doesn’t reading self help books and listening to positive CDs help? It’s because those efforts can only access the conscious mind! But… the fear that keeps one from taking action is located in the subconscious mind!

Quite often the individual wanting to sell someone something will have one coffee meeting after another without ever… asking for the business! They don’t want to ask for the business, because the individual that they’re selling to might… say no! An individual paralyzed by fear doesn’t realize it, but by putting off taking the action or asking for the order, they feel that they can’t be turned down, so therefore they haven’t failed!

If you think that this might be something that you need to confront, call Bob Crow at 404.277.1827 for a complimentary consultation. Bob Crow is a behavioral therapist, board certified in clinical and medical hypnotherapy. Bob Crow is a co founder of the Atlanta Center for Behavioral Change.

Why’d I do that? or Why hypnosis?

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Have you ever asked yourself “why’d I do that?” You did it because of the programming of the cognitive maps in your subconscious mind! But why hypnosis?

Who we are. What we’re about… our personality, our habits, our moods, our memory banks, our cognitive maps – are found in our subconscious mind. In order to make any permanent behavioral changes in your life, you’ve got to make changes in how you see yourself and what you see yourself capable of achieving! I’m Bob Crow – a behavioral therapist that is board certified in both clinical and medical hypnotherapy. I practice in Atlanta Georgia.

Many have tried to improve their life using discipline, willpower, resolutions and positive thinking. The reason that one cannot make these changes permanent is because they are attempting do so with the conscious mind – not the subconscious mind.

Some have wanted to:

  • Stop smoking.
  • Lose weight permanently.
  • Maybe not drink as much.
  • Be more confident.
  • Be more self assured.
  • Be a better sales person.
  • Become a great public speaker.
  • Become a better husband, wife or manager.

Others might have desired to

  • Shoot scratch golf.
  • To have a killer serve in tennis.
  • To perfect their music or acting.
  • To be an engaging entertainer.
  • To get rid of anxiety.
  • In other words to excel in life!

In efforts to make behavioral changes in their lives, they’ve read tons and tons of self help and positive thinking books. They’ve attended motivational speeches and bought and listened to motivational cds and cassette tapes. They’ve really tried. But they tried by using their conscious mind – not their subconscious mind!

Efforts to make behavioral change using the conscious mind are destined to fail. Period! Permanent behavioral change – meaning behavioral change that lasts for more than a couple of days… can’t be made in the conscious mind. Habits, either good or bad aren’t located there. They’re located in the subconscious mind! That’s where one has to go in order to effect real, permanent behavioral change.

Permanent behavioral change must occur in the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind is made up of the alpha and theta states. The alpha and theta states or modes are where we find our cognitive maps. A working definition of the cognitive maps comes from the Downs and Stea* text book – Cognitive Mapping and Spatial Behavior: “Cognitive mapping is the process by which and individual acquires, stores and recalls information about their everyday life.” These cognitive maps are where we find our habits and opinions. Opinions of who we are… confident, self assured and strong or timid, scared and fearful? These maps direct our behavior. If we want to change our behavior – we must do it by reprogramming the cognitive maps in our subconscious mind. Reprogramming these cognitive maps are the key to changing our behavior. The only way to access the subconscious mind deliberately is through hypnosis.

Hypnosis is the bridge to the subconscious mind.

One can just keep on trying to make the changes in their life just as they have in the past with positive thinking, the self help books and the listening to motivational speeches. But if it hasn’t worked long term in the past, then it won’t work in the future either. Albert Einstein said that “trying the same solution that hasn’t worked before, on the same problem, hoping that somehow it will work today, is the mark of insanity.” Well I don’t think its insanity, but it is kind of useless – isn’t it?

If you have an area in your life that you would like to improve… or if you would like to re-invent yourself, contact Bob Crow for a complimentary consultation. 404-277-1827

* Downs and Stea – Cognitive mapping.

Don’t give into a “whats the use I’ll start again tomorrow day”.

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

You had a great week going diet wise.

You ate right Monday.

You ate correctly Tuesday.

The same on Wednesday.

Ditto Thursday.

No slip ups on Friday. Wow!

Saturday morning and you are still on track.

However. You went grocery shopping after breakfast on Saturday and even though you promised yourself that you wouldn’t, you did have a sample at the grocery store. Well, “one sample can’t hurt, besides it wasn’t that many calories.” But, you circle back and have another. When the sample lady wasn’t looking you grabbed another. The guilt is starting to set in. Now you go past the sausage samples and grab a couple. It is meat. Right? Next come the pizza samples and you grab two this time. Telling the lady that you are taking one for your husband or wife. You eat them both. “I am not going to eat anything else.” But… the lobster dip with crackers is too hard to resist. So are the little cookie samples. Likewise the pieces of truffles.

You stand in the checkout line and mentally add up the calorie and carbohydrate damage. You are sick. You are angry at yourself. You feel guilty. You’ve really ruined your diet. You’ve ruined a whole weeks worth of diet. You feel depressed and you are upset with yourself. What you really want to do is make yourself feel better. You are going past the snack bar and say the words of defeat and self sabotage. “What’s the use? I’ve totally ruined the day diet wise. I’ll get a couple of pieces of pizza at the snack shop. And I’ll really give it 100% tomorrow.” “That will make me feel better.” You do. It does. It makes you feel better… for two or three minutes.

Sound familiar? Isolated incident? Or is this part of a pattern that you have followed for years. Why can’t you lose weight?

The answer is simple. You are trying to lose weight with the willpower and discipline of your conscious mind. That simply can’t be done. Try and think of someone you know that has lost weight and kept it off for a couple of years. Let me repeat. One cannot lose weight and keep it off by using the discipline and willpower of the conscious mind. It doesn’t matter what diet you use, if you are trying to lose weight in the conscious mind, with only willpower and discipline going for you, it will not work.

What is the solution? Hypnosis. You need to change your behavior, and you cannot make behavioral change in the conscious mind. Behavioral change can only be made in the subconscious mind. The subconscious is where you find your behavior, your personality, your memory banks, your moods and your habits. It’s where your cognitive maps are located. The cognitive maps guide us through our automated behavior. It’s where our inclinations to act come from.

No one overeats because of  nutritional concerns. Everyone who over eats, does so for emotional reasons. They are upset. They are sad. They are angry. They are worried. They feel lonely. They want to feel better. Wouldn’t it be better to find out why you are overeating and fix yourself? Make the correction? Many confuse eating healthy with losing weight. You can put on fat by eating healthy too.

Are you serious about losing weight? If you are committed to losing your weight and keep it off for the rest of your life call me. Most, if not all of my Atlanta, Georgia weight loss practice, are men and women that have repeatedly attempted to lose weight their entire life. Once your subconscious mind is on your side, and your inclinations change, you will be thrilled with your permanent weight loss. I offer a complimentary  consultation to see if hypnosis will work for you! Call Bob Crow at 404.277.1827 to lose your weight and keep it off.