Georgia Foster is a world-renowned hypnotherapist, specialising in overdrinking behaviour. She is offering a number of important on-line products that help people with their drinking, anxiety, love life and fertility issues. Foster is also a professional speaker, serial author, and expert for media comment.
Where did you grow up and what was your childhood like? Did you have any particular experiences/stories that shaped your adult life?
I grew up in suburbia Melbourne to very loving parents who were both entrepreneurs, so I guess it was in my genes to be self-employed.
My best friend died of lymphoma when she was eleven. A few months before she died, she told me she had seen this beautiful light that led her to an angel. She said she felt god all around her (she was not religious at all and nor were her family). Then one night I had a sleepover at her house. I felt a presence and a beaming light through the curtain that spread through my entire body.
I told her in the morning, and she smiled and said ‘Yep, that is God talking to you!’
This experience led me to believe that there was something out there that is full of love and is here to protect us, something that is higher than us!
What is something you wish you would’ve realized earlier in your life?
That I was worthy of love earlier on in my life! I had in my past abusive boyfriends who told me I was fat and stupid.
It took me years to figure out that this was not the truth. However, my journey of self-discovery led me to my professional life, so I see now in hindsight it was a gift.
What are bad recommendations you hear in your profession or area of expertise?
You can’t teach an old dog new tricks! This is completely unfounded and thankfully not true. Any neuroscientist will confirm our brain is plastic, durable, and can change if given the right tools.
People inherit the alcoholic gene. I believe we mimic behaviors and can emulate parental habits – good and bad. It is not inherited.
Tell me about one of the darker periods you’ve experienced in life. How you came out of it and what you learned from it?
At the age of thirty, when I was single, I was told I could not have children, which lead me into a deep depression. I tried to adopt but was told I was too old and being single would be an issue. So, I decided to focus on my career.
Then one day I decided to get a second opinion and at the age of 41 was told I could have children but I was still single… So my parents bought me 6 vials of Danish sperm that were delivered to a fertility clinic I chose and I embarked on a massive mission to have a baby on my own.
Then a miracle happened!!! One of my friends invited me to drinks after she finished work one night and there in the bar I met Ian. He is the kindest and loving man who so much integrity. We have been together just over 10 years and we are the proud parents of triplet boys, Ollie, Finn, and Hugh.
What is one thing that you do that you feel has been the biggest contributor to your success so far?
Without a doubt, self-hypnosis has been my lifeblood. Whenever I feel scared or unsure of what to do, this is the first thing I do.
This brain training method has saved me so many times in my life from dissolving a business relationship that was draining me emotionally and financially to finding love and having children.
What is your morning routine?
I wake up 6-6.30am and yes… I read my work emails. It actually helps me get on top of my day before my boys wake up. I then head to the gym or pool for a workout, then come back, get kids ready for school before I start my workday.
What habit or behavior that you have pursued for a few years has most improved your life?
Self-hypnosis without a doubt has been my regular coping strategy tool.
However, it has also helped me trust in my business decisions and helped me to develop a deep self-belief in my ability to create incredible positive changes in our lives also personally and professionally.
What are your strategies for being productive and using your time most efficiently?
I am a very focused person who loathes procrastination and will avoid it at all costs! My motto is ‘If I don’t do it now, it will just irritate me.”
The one thing I need to monitor is my passion for my work and all the ideas I have. I am constantly thinking of new business ideas and I can sometimes get over-excited! I know it is tricky to have the balance, so I make sure I am there for kids when they finish school and often go back to work once the boys are in bed.
What book(s) have influenced your life the most? Why?
Embracing Ourselves by Hal & Sidra Stone. It is a powerful Jungian psychology theory called Voice Dialogue that they created. I read the book, then I was blessed to train with them in person in California. The theory is we are all made up of many sub-personalities, one being the Inner Critic that sabotages our intuition and optimism for life. There are many other personality traits that can hinder our success.
To this day, after studying and becoming a Voice Dialogue therapist I live by their principles daily and my clients do too.
Do you have any quotes you live by or think of often?
“It’s not the life you have but the courage you bring to it!”
“You are not your history!”
“Self-esteem is something you are not born with. You have to learn it!”
“Critical people have low self-esteem!”