Instant Confidence: The Power to Go for Anything You Want by Paul McKenna PH.D. (2016)
MOTIVATE YOURSELF FOR SUCCESS
Even though you will achieve more and more success as you practice these techniques and listen to the hypnotic trance, there will inevitably be times where “life happens.” Perhaps a business deal will fall through, or you will get into an argument with your partner, or you’ll have so many balls up in the air that they all seem to fall to the ground at once.
“Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.”
MARILYN VOS SAVANT
When this does happen (and it happens to everyone at some point), the most important thing you can do is forgive yourself. It’s not punishment for something you did wrong or for making bad pictures in your head. It’s just an inevitable part of life. The tool I am going to share with you in this chapter is the most reliable one I know for overcoming overwhelm and returning yourself quickly and easily to a state of quiet confidence, regardless of what is going on around you.
Thought Field Therapy (TFT) was developed by the innovative American scientist Dr. Roger Callahan. Independent scientific research on Callahan’s techniques show that they work most of the time for most people in helping to reduce emotional overwhelm.
What we are about to do involves tapping on certain acupuncture points on your body. The code for any stressful feeling is stored like a computer program in your brain. By thinking about what is worrying you while tapping on each point in exactly the sequence I am going to describe, you will be able to quickly reduce your levels of anxiety, stress, or overwhelm, and get on with your life.
This process may seem a bit strange at first, but it works. In a moment I want you to think of a stressful experience. By the time you finish following my instructions, your stress will disappear. It will seem like magic, but in fact it’s hard science.
You will need to be able to really concentrate for a few minutes, as it is important that you continue thinking about the emotion you have chosen as you go through this process and reduce the feeling …
(Before you do this technique, read through each step so that you know what to do.)
1. Focus on whatever it is that you are feeling overwhelmed about. Now, rate the stress on a scale from 1 to 10, with 1 being the lowest and 10 the highest. This is important, because in a moment we will see how far you’ve reduced it.
You must continue to think about whatever it is that was bothering you throughout the sequence that follows.
2. Take two fingers of either hand and tap about ten times just above one of your eyebrows.
3. Now, tap under the same eye.
4. Tap under your collarbone.
5. Keep thinking about what was bothering you and tap under your armpit.
6. Next, tap on the “karate chop” point on the side of your hand.
7. Place that hand in front of you and tap on the back of it at the point between the knuckles of your ring finger and your little finger. (Continue tapping that point and thinking about the stressful situation throughout steps 8-13.)
8. Close your eyes, then open them.
9. Look down to the right, back to center, and then down to the left.
10.Rotate your eyes 360 degrees clockwise, then 360 degrees counter-clockwise.
11.Still thinking about what was stressful to you and tapping, hum the first few lines of “Happy Birthday” out loud.
12.Now count out loud from 1 to 5. (1, 2, 3, 4, 5.)
13.Now once again hum the first few lines of “Happy Birthday” out loud.
14.Repeat steps 2 to 6. Still thinking about what was overwhelming to you, tap above the eyebrow, under the eye, under your collarbone, under your armpit, and on the karate chop point.
Okay, let’s stop and check—on a scale from 1 to 10, what number is the feeling at now?
If the feeling of overwhelm hasn’t completely gone yet, simply go back through the entire sequence again until it does. It may take as many as two or even three times before you have completely eliminated the feeling, although most people report getting the feeling down to a manageable level on their first or second try.
Remember, if you have run through this process several times and the feeling hasn’t gone away completely, tune in to the message it is bringing you from your unconscious mind. In addition, you can repeat this process as often as you like.