Emotional Freedom Technique, also known as EFT, EFT Tapping, and Meridian Tapping, is a brilliant tool for clearing fears and phobias, but its usefulness goes well beyond counteracting negative emotions. Tapping can produce positive emotions and behavior just as easily as it can clear away negative feelings. As a result, the emotional freedom technique is finding its way into classrooms and boardrooms, onto stages, and playing fields, as athletes, artists, and a wide range of others who strive to excel in one area or another are discovering its remarkable power to remove internal obstacles that get in the way of high-level performance.
Practice, knowledge, and talent are required for the highest level of achievement, of course. Tapping won’t teach you how to play a Bach fugue or hit a fastball. However, it may help you remove the negative beliefs that are telling you that you are incapable of hitting a fastball. Or, it may help you maintain mental presence and focus to such a degree that the fastball seems to “slow down,” permitting you to hit it with exceptional ease.
Many psychologists, coaches, and other who help people enhance their performance believe that for every talented star performer, there are thousands of equally talented individuals who never make it. These people remain “nobodies” in their chosen field because of emotional blocks, and they may not even realize they possess remarkable potential.
There are many psychological factors, both obvious and subtle, that compromise our ability to perform at our own top level. These factors include expectations of failure based on unrealistically high standards, fear of being watched or compared (“stage fright”), fear of others’ resentments of our success, fear of injury, or memories of disappointments that make us shrink back from the crucial tests, among others. Few, if any of us, are free from such impediments. The Emotional Freedom Technique can do a marvelous job in these areas. As a result, when mental/emotional impediments are cleared up – often quickly and simply – our natural talent can blossom to its fullest.
“Performance,” we should remember, is not limited to something done on a sound stage or football field. The same rules that apply to athletes and actors apply to students, business people, parents, and community volunteers. We all have gifts we would like to maximize and skills that can be improved upon. Most of us also have performance barriers in some area or another that we’d like to be free from. For these, we can now apply the emotional freedom technique. The downside is practically nil, while the upside is potentially huge!
Many of the issues related to performance are similar to those discussed in the Tapping for Fears and Phobias article. Often, our fears and limiting self-talk keep us “in the box,” instead of “in the zone” and prevent us from excelling at our highest potential. We mentally set our performance “thermostat” at one fixed level and don’t allow ourselves to expand beyond our “comfort zone.”
For the reasons just described, EFT tapping can be a brilliant addition to any skills training program. A wide range of professional athletes, musicians, coaches and everyday people have reported stunning breakthroughs in performance after only one or a few sessions of tapping. These breakthroughs are happening in areas as diverse as:
- Public speaking
- Musical performance
- Academic skills
- Exam taking
- Writer’s block
- Business success
As with all uses of emotional freedom technique, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. Your eating in this case. Where would you like to optimize your performance and bring your highest natural talents to the foreground? The sky may be the limit!
Tapping “Choices” Statements to Enhance Performance
Even though I’m worried about (this new challenge, how I’ll do, etc)…
… I choose to be calm and confident.
… I choose to remember how well I did when I (insert here any situation where you performed any task whatsoever successfully and felt good about it).
… I choose to feel like (insert here the name of your hero or heroine, or the star you would like to be like) as I (play the game, give the speech, etc.)
Do you ever find yourself needing to come up with a completely new way of tackling a pressing problem?
Perhaps you’re struggling to find a novel approach to a project you must complete, or a totally new way of dealing with another person, different from anything you have ever tried before…?
Novelty and inventiveness are required of you far more often than you realize.