Sunset....Portlaoise, Ireland
Winter sunset over Portlaoise, Co. Laois, Ireland.

Feeling stuck in you life?

Let me help you to get unstuck!  Life is a laboratory is all about how to change your life for the better and being the best you possible. It’s is about how to move forward, change and grow.  How to become a better version of yourself and move in the direction of your dreams.  There are great tips and loads of information on this site and all over the internet on how to be a better person – more effective in your work and personal life.  These tips can also be found in many books, videos etc.  But in reality So What! Information is Useless – there is a Knowing – Doing Gap.  Life is a Laboratory aims to help you bridge the Knowing versus Doing Gap.   We all know that we should exercise every day and eat less junk food.  We all know smoking is bad and we should give up.  We all know that we should set goals and be more organised etc.  The big question is why don’t we do the things that we know we should do?  Well it all comes back to understanding your own mind and what some people refer to as ‘mind hacking secrets’.  


In order to take action to do the things we know logically we should be doing we need to fully engage our minds.  Everything stems from the mind and our attitude which determines the results we get in life.  When I say the mind I don’t just mean the thoughts that we are conscious of.  Like an iceberg is mostly below the water, much of our thinking is below the surface and subconscious.  This is why there is a knowing – doing gap.  We may know something at the conscious level and want to do it but our sub-conscious mind has other ideas that we are not even aware of.  We think we are logical and rational human beings but we are not.  Neuroscience research shows us that our decisions are emotional, not logical.  Emotion is the language of the sub-conscious mind.

Much of our thinking is below the surface
Much of our thinking is below the surface

The focus of this website is on the mind and sharing the tools we can use to programme our mind for success in business and in life and to bridge the gap between what we know and what we do.  Hypnosis is a particularly powerful tool to access our subconscious thinking and bridge the gap between knowing and doing.  I trained as a professional hypnotist in 2012 and it was by far the most practical and useful training I have undertaken.  I will be sharing more on the practical day to day uses of hypnosis as well as other tools to create success in our lives.  I will be experimenting with these tools in my own life using an action research approach (Plan, Act, Observe, Reflect) and sharing the results.

I invite you to follow along and also share your own experiments/life lessons through this site.  You can keep in touch through our page on Facebook.  You can also sign up for our free newsletter.  All those who subscribe to our newsletter will receive a link to the Free e-book on goal setting.

About Me

Dr. Tom Carroll

Hi, I’m Tom Carroll and welcome to my website.  I am married with three children and currently live near Ballybrittas, Co. Laois in the midlands of Ireland.  I am a highly qualified professional and published author on personal development.  On a personal level I am approachable,  empatheticcaring, and compassionate and want to support your journey of personal development.

I have varied passions in life.  I grew up on a farm and I love our natural environment and have a particular passion for beekeeping.  It makes me sad and angry that one third of our bee species in Ireland are threatened with extinction.  Unfortunately this decline in bees and damage to our beautiful environment is happening right across the world.  I also love gardening – growing flowers and vegetables and producing delicious home grown food.  I have an enduring interest in business and entrepreneurship.   I admire people who are free, creative and have an independent spirit.

Of course I am also passionate about personal growth and being the best I can be, making the most of my life and hacking the secrets and potential of my own mind.  That is why I started Life is a Laboratory.  I want to share what I learn on my own personal growth journey and also help and support others to be the very best they can be as well.

My Qualifications

I hold a Doctorate of Philosophy Degree (PhD) from University College Dublin (UCD), a Master’s Degree in Entrepreneurship from Stirling University in Scotland and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Resource Management (UCD).  I am also a published author on personal development.

NGH Certified Consulting HypnotistIn addition to qualifications in research, business and life coaching I hold an Advanced Diploma in Hypnotherapy from Irish Hypnosis, one of the largest providers of hypnotherapy services in Ireland.

I am a Certified Consulting Hypnotist with the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH) in the USA. The NGH is the largest and oldest hypnotherapy membership organisation in the world.

I am also a member of the Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy Graduates Association in Ireland which is dedicated to continuing professional development for all it’s members.

Hypnotherapy is used to treat a wide range of issues from weight loss, quitting smoking, stress relief to fears and phobias.  Hypnotherapy is also used to help achieve goals in sports, in business and in life in general by programming your sub-conscious mind for success.

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Thank you.

Tom Carroll