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Day 20 of 21: The problem with making a big change using hypnosis

When a client has a big problem, I will sometimes share three options with the client. 1. Let’s resolve that big problem. 2. Let’s ignore that big problem. 3. Let’s put the big problem on the shelf for a while, and let’s solve a small problem, first. If I share the three options, most clients […]

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Day 19 of 21: I fell flat on my face.

Fairly soon upon became a hypnotherapist, I had business consulting clients from San Francisco hire me. They weren’t hiring me to be the company’s hypnotist. They wanted me to apply my hypnotherapy, business, and finance skills, not actually hypnotize their executives or staff. My corporate clients wanted something beyond what they could find in traditional […]

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Day 18 of 21: Systems thinking, yawn

Want to quickly shut down a conversation at a party? Start talking about systems thinking. Most people will politely excuse themselves. That’s why I don’t bring up systems thinking when I first meet someone. I politely wait at least two minutes. Kidding, mostly. I don’t recall when I started thinking in systems or in structural […]

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Day 17 of 21: Blackjack blues

When I was in my 20s, I wanted to be a hedge fund manager and later own a hedge fund. I was working at a financial services firm, and I wasn’t getting paid much. At some point, I had the idea to supplement my income by playing blackjack. What inspired that idea? I don’t recall. […]

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Day 16 of 21: Country mouse. Update on insomnia.

Besides professional hypnotherapists, I’d say parents are also good at shaping beliefs. My mom would hypnotize me, as all parents do, by repeating the same things over and over. When I was a kid, teenager, and adult, my mom would often say, “You’re a country mouse… You’re too innocent… You trust people too much, and […]

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Day 15 of 21: Alcohol. Too much TV.

Except for a very brief alcohol experiment in my 20s, I’ve rarely had alcohol in my glass before or since. When it’s been in my glass, it’s usually because we were all raising our glass during a wedding toast or some celebration. While everyone raised their glass and drank their wine, I’d raise my glass […]

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Day 14 of 21: No fan of murder. But I get it.

I’m no fan of murder. I understand why. (You don’t have to be a hypnotherapist or NLP practitioner to understand why.) I understand why Cassidy, the Irish guy with an Irish accent, had just killed the American guy. And moments after the murder, I see Cassidy. He’s sitting on his bed, holding a crack pipe. […]

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Day 13 of 21: Obsession, space-time

It happened. I was 18 years old (give or take a bit). And it was magical. Yes, I had just experienced the best kung pao chicken of my life. And some years after that, I became obsessed with finding kung pao as good as that experience at age 18. During this hunt, you might say […]

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Day 12 of 21: Megan Fox, my dancing queen, and 95% success

Megan Fox (the actress) is really beautiful, said Betty (my sister). I’d traveled from the San Francisco Bay Area to visit her in Los Angeles. To clarify, I was visiting Betty. I was not visiting Megan Fox. Anyhow, Betty was telling me that she saw Megan Fox a while back in Larchmont Village, a small […]

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Day 11: My report card, bar fights, and the Dalai Lama

Age 12, in trouble. In my report card, one of my teachers wrote that I talked too much. All these years later, I don’t remember what that was all about, what I was saying in class. But since I don’t recall, here are some possible topics. Maybe I was discussing deep philosophical issues with the […]

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