Show #155 – Frustrated by your bad habits? Meet Dr Amy Johnson


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And onto this week’s show!

What if that cellulite or the big spider didn’t have such a hold over you? What if you could realise that it’s all just a bunch of stories we’re making up? Behavioral plans, mindsets, hard work and willpower are NOT where deep, sustainable change comes from, says my guest Dr Amy Johnson who is known for her ability to help people create lasting change.

Amy Johnson PhD is a psychologist, coach, author, and speaker who shares a groundbreaking new approach that helps people find true, lasting freedom from unwanted habits via insight rather than willpower. She is the author of Being Human (2013), and The Little Book of Big Change: The No-Willpower Approach to Breaking Any Habit (2016). I so enjoyed this conversation for the aha’s that happened the whole way through, realising just how much the made-up stories impact the unfolding of our lives – if we let them! If you are held back by fear, can’t break your negative self-talk or habits that aren’t serving you, this show is a must. Enjoy! Don’t forget to check out the sponsor offer for the show over at valid through September.



The questions I asked Amy:


  1. The first thing that intrigued me when I was preparing for our conversation, was that what we “see” isn’t the truth it’s filtered THROUGH us… let’s dive into that!
  2. Is that why I see a hunstman spider my ‘truth’ is it’s a little 8 legged quick-as-a-flash man eater who’s out to get me but that ain’t the ACTUAL truth?
  3. So how does this apply to something like when we look in the mirror and see a bump or some cellulite – truth is it’s there but truth we build upon form that is so much bigger and more harmful in our personal truth, right?
  4. And different ways of eating – they’re ‘our’ truth not THE truth?
  5. SO that’s all about how we see and feel things from our own contexts made up of that lifetime cocktail we’ve constructed or was constructed around us… how does this impact our choices in life when it comes to achieving things we want to, attracting positive people in our lives, maintaining our health?
  6. Why do we keep doing the things that don’t serve us, we know they don’t but we do them anyway?
  7. Discipline and willpower – why aren’t these effective tools for change in our lives?
  8. What does insight have to do with effective change? What do we need to be looking at for what we WANT to happen / start doing in our lives to stick?
  9. Can all things we want to change for the better in our lives, be changed in the same way or do we need to look at diet / procrastination / over-use of phones/gaming etc all as different challenges with different solutions?
  10. So, a change making action plan for ourselves to finish today: I’d love you to issue a bit of an action plan for people to apply in their lives following this show and move the needle this week.



Other helpful links:

To learn more about Dr Amy Johnson and her work:

Follow her on Instagram @dr.amy.johnson or on Facebook

Check out her wonderful book, “The Little Big Book of Change” in Booktopia and the Book Depository


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