• Josh McDonald

Introduction to Josh

Updated: Aug 18, 2021


I always knew that I wanted to help people, that has been a passion and a driver of mine for as long as I can remember, but I hit a point a few years ago where I had lost sight of my life’s purpose.

I was working full time in a corporate job that just did not ignite my fire. I was good at my job, and I was paid a lot to do it, but I just wasn’t enjoying it.

I had gotten to a point where my body was so run down that I felt like I was constantly getting tonsillitis. If you’ve had tonsillitis, you know how much that can really take it out of you.

I was struggling to get out of bed in the morning, not cleaning my house or doing any exercise…

I would basically roll out of bed at 8.55am to start work at 9, and plonk myself in front of the T.V at 5pm, even having a nap in the middle of most days.

And this went on for months.

At the time I thought it was a result of my tonsillitis, but looking back now I can see it for what it really was… depression.

I wanted more out of life and I was just not getting it.

I wanted to start my own business helping people, I had actually started a coaching business but I just wasn’t getting enough clients, so I still worked my full time corporate job.

But I wanted to move out of corporate and start doing what I was passionate about, I wanted to participate in life around me and start living instead of just existing.

My desire was simple. I wanted to be happy.

I had tried so many things to lift me out of this funk I was in, but I found nothing was working, I just was not motivated to do anything.

I tried all the things that had worked in the past. I was already great at time management and organisational methods, but organising my life wasn’t helping me feel any better.

I tried self-reflection tools such as journaling and meditation, but I could just not be bothered.

It takes a lot of energy to get out of a slump like the one I was in, and I did not have the energy, even though I had meditated for over 10 years

After months of going through this, a friend of mine, who was learning how to do hypnosis, asked me if I wanted to be her guinea pig.

I said “sure, why not” and when she asked me what I wanted to work on, my answer was motivation.

I had my 10 minute hypnosis session with her, and woke up the next morning definitely feeling more motivated, more like my old self.

I was able to do more than just roll out of bed straight to the computer. I could go out for walks again and feel the fresh air. And I thought to myself “Wow, this is magic.”

But then the lethargy started to kick in again a couple of weeks later.

I started to feel tired all the time again, and wasn’t motivated to do anything outside of my normal working hours.

Working full time in a job I wasn’t passionate about was draining all of my energy.

I knew I had to do something because I could not keep going on like this. And I couldn’t go back to my friend for a tune up every couple of weeks.

If I didn’t make a change, I would be stuck in a job that brought me no joy, and that was just not something I was willing to accept.

So I started researching hypnosis, and I found a couple of courses where I could learn hypnosis.

I narrowed it down to 2 courses that really resonated with me, and I thought to myself “I need to try this out before I buy the course, I want to make sure it actually works”

There was no point in my doing a course that didn’t work for my future clients.

Fortunately, one of the courses I was looking at (Rapid Transformational Therapy, or RTT) had a practitioner relatively close to me.

I reached out to her for a session, but this session was different.

This was my first glimpse into the difference between hypnosis (which is the act of getting someone into a hypnotic state and giving them suggestions) and hypnotherapy (which is using hypnosis as tool within a therapy session).

The hypnotherapist took me through my childhood to find a couple of memories where I was treated differently to my siblings. They were simple memories where no-one was really at fault, such as being told to go to bed when my younger brother was allowed to stay up, being told to wash the dishes while my younger sister didn’t have any chores.

As a 7 year old who always followed the rules and who excelled at school, I created a belief at that time to make sense of the situation, it went something like this: “why bother being good, I don’t get noticed anyway”.

Now let me tell you, I don’t remember having this thought, and I came out of the session thinking “there’s no way that these insignificant memories from my childhood could make me have no motivation today…”

And there was no way I was prepared for what was to happen next.

I went from having no energy throughout the entire day to waking up at 6am THE NEXT MORNING to go to the gym, I cleaned the house before work, I went for a walk after work, then cooked dinner and cleaned the house more.

And that’s not all…

That motivation lasted for months after this one session.

I knew something dramatic has shifted within me, and I needed to know more, How could something as simple as reviewing memories from your childhood really cause such a huge transformation?

I realised then that the secret to changing your actions was addressing them right at the root cause of the problem.

You can’t change a habit of action without addressing the thought pattern that drives that action.

How can you stop eating cake if you never understand what is CAUSING you to eat it in the first place (and no it’s not the flavour, after the first bite or two our taste buds are too overwhelmed to even taste the cake anymore)?

I got so excited about this realisation and the change I could see in myself that I signed up to learn how to do hypnosis right away.

I couldn’t wait to learn this new technique.

I got new stationary and was ready to start this new course to learn how to do this fantastic new method, but what I found was that I already knew most of the content.

I already knew how to do root cause analysis because I had been a Business Analyst and Project manager in a major bank for 10 years.

I already knew how to take complex ideas and present them to almost anyone from age 8 to 80 because I had been a coach and facilitator for 5 years before that.

I knew how to take information from people’s head and lay it out in a logical way on paper because that was part of my role as a coach when I had to write training material, and also as a Business Analyst and Project Manager when I had to map out project documents.

They even taught us tools that I used in my daily work life like the “5 Layers of why” and the “Critical Pathway”.

All I needed to do was take all of this skill and knowledge that I had gained over 15 years and turn it away from banking and towards understanding people, an easy shift for someone who’s passion is to help others.

After that, the only thing I needed to do was learn how to take someone down to the hypnotic level, which is the easiest part of the whole process.

This was taught in less than 5 minutes… out of a 250 course!

So I started learning how to treat myself, step by step, using hypnosis.

I learnt induction, how to take someone from the waking state into hypnosis, and I tried it on myself and it worked!

I learnt regression, how to take someone back to memories so they can understand why they think the way they think, and I tried it on myself… and it worked.

Every step of the process I would practice on myself again and again, and every time I practiced I would receive phenomenal results.

No longer was I tired, unmotivated, depressed or anxious…

All of a sudden I had a zest for life.

I couldn’t wait to get out and experience the joy of everyday. I would wake up in the morning and literally SPRING out of bed, something I don’t remember doing ever, even as a CHILD!

Towards the end of my course I needed to find people I could practice on while supervised.

I reached out to my close friends and family, telling them about my experience and I found all of the “clients” I needed to get my licence. These were real clients with real problems, and I was helping them!

I found success after success with my clients… even the ones that I thought didn’t really get anything out of their session with me.

When I followed up with those that I thought I had failed, they told me how much their lives had turned around, it was like night and day for them.

I helped people to:

  1. Stop smoking with no cravings

  2. Open up to love and find relationships

  3. Overcome eating issues and body dysmorphia

  4. Find motivation in their lives

  5. And even to overcome physical pain.

After I learnt how to hypnotise people, I was able to start my own hypnotherapy business where I could slowly move away from corporate, into a career that I was passionate about, where I could actually help people.

But what was even better was that I was able to transform not just the lives of my clients, which has been absolutely amazing, but to also transform my own life into a life that I am passionate about, a life that I love every minute of, a life where I know that when I am ready to leave this world, I will be leaving it a better place than when I entered it.

If you have any subconscious programming or beliefs that you want to reframe, I offer a no-obligation, free consultation where we dive deep into your biggest challenge today, and where I help you to overcome that challenge.

If you want to make change in your life, you need to do something you haven’t done before. So if you’re ready to try something different, please schedule some time to discuss your challenges with me:


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