Here's a great article from thechangeblog.com on how to approach exercise in a different light, thereby setting yourself up for success instead of failure. The same basic principle applies to about anything you want to accomplish.

Though the author probably doesn't know it, this is what's known in hypnotherapy as "reframing"!

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I was really pleased with Thursday's Invision Hypnotherapy piece in the local paper. Making the front page was certainly a surprise. Slow news cycle, I guess. Still, as an obscure business owner trying to get the word out, I can hardly complain.

A few random thoughts:

The title initially caught me off guard. I've tried to keep hypnosis and and my teaching career in two separate worlds. Seeing the two appear in a single headline jolted me for some reason, like my secret identity had been revealed. A teacher practicing hypnosis? Why would they focus on that? Then I thought: meh. The cat's officially out of the bag, and that's okay. I'm sure there are plenty of elementary teachers who practice part-time hypnotherapy on the side.

Emma Penrod did a great job on the story. I'm glad she put a lot of focus on the myths and misconceptions of hypnosis. For certain, the biggest obstacle to opening a hypnotherapy practice in Tooele is that few people in the area have any direct experience with it. That hypnosis is a viable option for your average Joe or Jill isn't even in the collective consciousness out here. What I feel I have to get across more than anything is that hypnotism is a practical, scientifically-proven method for self improvement. It isn't weird or mystical. The article does a great job of getting that across.

That clear dangling ball I'm holding up in the picture? It's a pendulum, for the record. I pulled it out to explain how stereotypical trinkets like the swinging pendulum or swirling disk don't have inherent hypnotic powers, but merely give the eyes a focal point. I should have known the moment I dangled it in front of my face that the photographer had her money shot. And that's how I managed to reinforce the swinging pendulum stereotype I was trying to debunk.

Which brings me to my only real complaint about the article. The photograph. It looks like I'm demonstrating proper hand posture at a tea party.

Other than that, I couldn't be happier.

Yesterday I was interviewed for the Transcript-Bulletin, Tooele County's local newspaper. I had actually contacted the editor about writing an article on hypnosis. Not about my hypnosis practice, mind you, but the practice in general. Instead he referred me to the paper's community news writer, who expressed interest in doing a story about the business. I, of course, was thrilled.

The interview was fun. I get excited when I talk about hypnosis to the point of rambling, so no doubt my interviewer has plenty to work with. I only got uncomfortable while the photographer started taking pictures of my talking face. Any time a camera points my way I feel compelled to stop whatever I'm doing and look awkward. It's funny. I always look normal in the mirror. Anyway, I'll apologize right now for whatever picture they go with.

The Transcript Bulletin does a great job and I look forward to seeing the article. As for when the piece will be published, I'm assuming the 12th or 16th. When I know you'll know, only possibly later.