Breaking Bad Habits Through Hypnotherapy, with Doug O’Brien

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thWe’ve all seen those movies and TV shows where the hypnotist swings his pocketwatch from side to side, puts another character in a trance, and gets them to do whatever he wants – until, with a click of the fingers, they’re awake again and have no recollection that they were pretending to be a chicken three seconds previously. Well, it turns out that hypnosis can actually have some pretty serious benefits when it comes to achieving our life goals – but, as always, it’s not quite as simple as television makes it look. That’s why I invited hypnotherapist and neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) expert Doug O’Brien onto this week’s Hardcore MBA.

In the podcast, Doug and I discuss:

• The differences and distinctions between hypnotherapy and NLP.
• Ways to interrupt the patterns that encourage your bad habits, and how to break the automatic connections that your brain makes.
• And the importance of starting small and devoting even a little bit of your time to improving yourself.

“Do something to move yourself in the right direction,” Doug says. “If you don’t have time to work out for an hour, go for half an hour. If you don’t have time for that, then ten minutes. Just commit to going to the gym and doing literally one thing in there – hitting the treadmill for one minute – and your brain will start to get the message that you’re now a person who is getting healthy and exercising. You can’t expect a hypnotherapist to snap their fingers and make your life better if you aren’t willing to put in any time to help yourself.”

To find out more about Doug and his work, check out his website at, or just Google the name to find many more resources. He does consultations over Skype, so no matter where you’re located you can take advantage of all the NLP and hypnotherapy has to offer.

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