- Erin's Story
- Preparation for Peak Performance
- Action Steps: "Fear Inventory"
Preparation for Peak Performance
The typical way athletes prepare for continual improvement is through good coaching and physical practice. They learn the skills and continually fine tune more complex aspects of each skill (same with musicians, speakers, business people). Elite athletes focus on positive, inspirational messages, success behaviors, self-affirmations, visualizations - all good and essential. What's missing, however, is one of the key elements in peak performance - mental preparation - clearing out all negative emotions, all expectations (good or bad), mental effects of injuries, fears, and self-doubts.
Ask any athlete when they haven't performed well. "I just couldn't stay focused...my nerves got the best of me...I started falling apart after I took such a big lead...I just couldn't get my "act" together." They're not talking about their physical preparation or their lack of affirming visualizations. They're really verbalizing deficits in mental preparation, though most seek remedy with more "physical" practice!!
Consider Erin's case of going slow on the descent. We can clear her belief that "I'm not safe" with focused EFT, and her need to plan around pitfalls will fall away. Her focus will shift from "danger - slow down - be careful" to a safe, fun, feeling of full out "GO!" This is the physiology and intense belief of a winner. This is where EFT shines as a power tool.
We don't have to clear every humiliating incident that set this belief into place. We just clear enough humiliation out of her system that the lack of safety starts to not feel relevant (this happens physiologically!) We then strengthen the positive behaviors that now feel safe to accomplish. The process is systematic and literally creates a shift in how she experiences safety for herself. After applying this new safety to specific bicycling skills, the internal biological, psychological conflict is over, and she's free to GO!
Interested in how EFT does this?
Action Steps for Athletes: Fear Inventory
(Please note this tool is equally useful for any peak performance issue)
Becoming mindful of the negative things you say to yourself is crucial if you are to clear what's blocking your best performance.
Construct a "Fear Inventory" to help you identify what things need some EFT tapping for resolution. Set a timer for 10 minutes and list as fast as you can every self-doubt, fear, or statement that comes to mind about your current playing or upcoming event. Here are some examples.
Artful, investigative EFT can quickly get to the specifics of these negative thought patterns and clear the way for optimal performance. I think you will enjoy hearing triathlete extraordinaire Matt Smith's experience with EFT and his amazing performance in the Hawaii Ironman!
CONGRATULATIONS to Sybil Praski, Xterra mountain cyclist & former client. Sybil won the South Central Xterra Championship in Texas this April and has earned a slot to the world championships in Hawaii this October! "I guess it works - I won!" she emailed. "This is what I really wanted!"
Note: Sybil went from sport to expert class racing less than one year ago and is already beating the pack in her age category of "expert". Wahoo!