There is a statistic I have heard many times over the years that only about 3 percent really make any serious income. I don’t know if that percentage is accurate but I do know there is a lot of failure in this industry. It’s not just this industry actually. There are lots of areas where people struggle with success.
Most blocks to our business success are based in FEAR.
I want to share a handy little technique that I learned a few years ago. I use it to help in releasing fear and other negative emotional blocks. It’s called Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). This is a technique I wish I had known about in the beginning of my business.
EFT is a form of psychological acupressure that uses tapping instead of needles on acupuncture points on the face and body. This tapping is combined with verbalizing the problem.
The originator of EFT, Gary Craig, learned that all negative emotions are caused by a disruption in the body’s energy system. The energy system is made up of meridians in Chinese medicine. Tapping on these meridian points while focusing on the negative emotion can help reverse the disruption in the energy.
Negative emotions around certain areas of our business end up as obstacles, or blocks to our success. We all have things that make us uncomfortable. For me, when I began my business, I had an intense fear of being a leader. A leader must be visible, in front of the team and demonstrating the way for others to follow.
One childhood trauma that contributed to my fear was being abducted by a stranger. Even though I escaped from my abductor, it left an impression on my subconscious mind and has effected the way I function in all areas of my life. I have had fear of standing out and being noticed. Being too visible felt dangerous for me.
This is a problem when you enter a business where the only way to be successful is to become a leader.
I struggled with being a visible leader for several years. To get the courage to act in spite of my fear, I read lots of books and listened to audios, over and over and over. Jim Rohn and Tony Robbins were a couple of favorites.
Then I learned Emotional Freedom Technique and began using it to release a lot of the negative energy around things in my business as well as other areas of my life.
How to Do Emotional Freedom Technique – EFT
The basic EFT sequence is pretty easy and takes only a few minutes to learn. With a little practice, you will be performing each round in under a minute.
You will be tapping with the fingertips of your index finger and middle finger and with only one hand. Either hand works just as well. Most of the tapping points exist on either side of the body, so it doesn’t matter which side you use, nor does it matter if you switch sides during the tapping.
When you tap on the points outlined below, you will tap about 5-7 times. The actual number is not critical.
The EFT Points
KC = Karate Chop
EB = Beginning of the Eye Brow
SE = Side of the Eye
UE = Under the Eye
UN = Under the Nose
Ch = Chin
CB = Beginning of the Collar Bone
UA = Under the Arm
WR = Inside of Wrists
TH = Top of Head
You can also tap the fingertip points. I sometimes tap these points discreetly when I am in public. Each finger can be tapped at the base of the nail.
Next: Focus On Your Problem
Think about the issue you want to release negative stress around.
The basic EFT setup phrase goes a little like this:
“Even though I have this _____________, I deeply and completely love and accept myself.”
The blank above is filled in with a brief description of the negative emotion or other problem you want to address.
While tapping on the Karate Chop Point, say your setup phrase 3 times.
Here are a few examples of EFT setup phrases for business owners:
“Even though I have this fear of being a leader, I deeply and completely love and accept myself.”
“Even though I have this fear of success, I deeply and completely love and accept myself.”
“Even though I have this fear of failure, I deeply and completely love and accept myself.”
“Even though I am not motivated to talk to people about my business, I deeply and completely love and accept myself.”
“Even though I have phone phobia, I deeply and completely love and accept myself.”
Once you have tapped your setup phrase 3 times, then use a short reminder phrase on the other points.
For fear of being a leader, you could say, “fear of leadership” or whatever short phrase you want that keeps your mind going along that theme.
Don’t get too worried about the exact wording you use. Just focus on the negative emotion you want to clear. There is an EFT technique that I use all the time called “Tap While You Gripe.” You just start talking and tapping. I like this technique if I am really upset about something or if I just don’t know where to start.
You don’t need to say things out loud. You can be thinking the words as you tap. Just focus on the negative emotion while tapping.
Have you tried EFT? Leave a comment and let me know how you use it and what successes you have had.
Wishing you Abundant Success,