Do you want to perform like an Olympic Winner?
Need help overcoming performance anxiety?
Perhaps you are an athlete, you play sports, maybe your a musician, actor, poet or performer… and when it’s your turn to perform you get nervous, anxiety builds. Your palms get cold and sweaty; your knees shake and weaken; your mind goes blank or starts racing; or is it your arms or legs that seem to become very heavy and maybe feel out of control?
The good news is it doesn’t have to be that way! It is now easier than ever overcoming performance anxiety, and here is a great story about how an Olympic athlete does it!
On a lovely sunny August Saturday in London, I was spending the evening with some lovely friends, preparing the BBQ, the Olympics on T.V. the volume was off and the fun was flowing!
I glanced over to see an athlete preparing himself, I could hardly believe my eyes… I squealed in delight “Check this out – He’s doing EFT!”
Bralon Taplin from Grenada was on camera, getting himself into “The Zone” preparing for the semi finals of the 400m race. His preparation involved tapping on 2 acupressure points on his face… He went on the win that race in 44.44 seconds – I was so excited!
Watch this to find out more and to help you Overcome Performance Anxiety:
Just what is EFT Tapping?
I’ll start by saying what it’s NOT… it’s not a new sport!
How do I know about this? Well I’ve had so many fears and blocks of my own, they have stopped me on many occasions from “going for gold”, an example of this is speaking in public. Speaking coherently, confidently and with out notes. You can read the full story here. And now I do EFT most days on myself and on my clients for a living, as I coach and mentor others to do the same.
I went from a nervous, stumbling and rather sweaty speaker to someone who is now confident, always has fun and enjoys speaking to any audience no matter size or location! I’ve transformed the mental blocks and fears, overcoming performance anxiety that stood in my way with the help of the tool called Emotional Freedom Technique, or EFT for short. Since that time I’ve shared this technique with many of my clients, and now I use it regularly to help and support them. I’ve been recently working with a group of WHY’s Women of The Live Love Laugh Lounge™ helping them to break old habits, find new choices, hit all kinds of personal records, reach peak performance as well as accomplish much much more.
EFT is the most well known form of energy psychology, a self-help and psychological tool that has become popular in the past few years and I was so pleased to see it in Rio!
So back to tapping at the Olympics… In 2012, athlete Abi Oyepitan, also used EFT with a coach when she was suffering from a shoulder injury. This injury was affecting her form during the 2012 Olympic trials. Carey and Abi started EFT tapping, and to Abi’s astonishment, her shoulder pain melted away within minutes. She was able to run her best time at the Olympics after making it through to the semi-finals for the 200m.
EFT is one of my favourite techniques to help process and release uncomfortable feelings and embrace the good ones! It helps you tap into your peak performance (all puns intended!) and get into “the Zone” so you achieve your goals and reach your full potential.
EFT tapping, dates back over 5000 years to Ancient Chinese Medicine, a cousin to acupuncture except you use fingers to tap on acupoints on your face body and hand.
So How Does It All Work?
When you feel a negative emotions there is an associated disruption in the body’s energy. It is this same energy signal that is measured when you have an ECG or similar medical test. A lot of performance issues, fear patterns, phobias, physical pain and disease are intricately connected to negative emotions.
The body, like everything in the universe, is made up of energy. So it makes sense that if you restore balance to the body’s energy that you will as a result resolve the negative emotions and physical symptoms that stem from the energy disruption. Tapping restores the body’s energy balance, and negative emotions are transformed.
By simply focusing on the issue you wish to transform, use your fingertips to tap 5-7 times each on 14 specific points on the body’s meridian points, has a balancing effect on your body’s energy, restoring it to a balanced state.
Meridians can be thought of like the “electrical wiring” of the body and each one connects to a major organ, so there is a heart meridian, a lung meridian, a small intestine meridian and 11 others. this is a very over simplified metaphor and for the benefits of this quick introduction may help clarify the concept for you.
This concept is from traditional Chinese medicine, which referred to the body’s energy as “ch’i.” In ancient times, the Chinese discovered 100 meridian points. They also discovered that by stimulating these meridian points, they could heal. Call it energy, call it the Source, call it life force, call it ch’i… Whatever you want to call it, it works.
In some ways, Tapping is similar to acupuncture. Like Tapping, acupuncture achieves healing through stimulating the body’s meridians and energy flow. However, unlike Tapping, acupuncture involves needles! “No needles” is definitely one of the advantages of Tapping. You are literally tapping into your body’s own energy and healing power.
Take the edge off discomfort, overcome performance anxiety and free youself up to reach peak performance, go for gold and to become successful so you can enjoy life much more!
To find out more and to get some fun and practical tips on overcoming performance anxiety, including on how to use EFT as one of the may powerful tools on offer and other great techniques from Stage Fright Away™ Click here. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of just what is going on and how to use proven techniques to change the way you feel for ever.