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Peak Performance with EFT - Treating Perfectionism and Procrastination

Peak Performance with EFT - Treating Perfectionism and Procrastination

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Peak Performance with EFTPart I - Treating Perfectionism
Hi Everyone,In this installment Steve explores the subtle need for perfectionism that often lurks behind thescenes and causes procrastination. As he tells it....
"There are always more reasons not to go ahead. There are always more obstacles to beovercome - the biggest of which are internal barriers to high achievement. And this is whereEFT can help us to achieve peak performance. EFT can help us sort out what is really at thebottom of our inaction, procrastination, and self-sabotage - barriers that most peak performershave encountered at some point in their career." 
Hugs, GaryPeak performance!!It sounds jazzy and exciting. But for those who have a commitment to peak performance itoften represents a series of daily disciplines, an endless process of coming up against massivefrustrations, and ongoing questioning and doubting, punctuated by periods of intense focusand inspiration.Mostly, the difference that makes the difference is that peak performers persist in going fortheir high goals despite these moments of doubt. They manage to keep themselves goingdespite the internal and external objections to their continuation on the path. They manage tostay committed to their goals even when all the outside evidence (and even some of theirinner voices) suggests it would be better for them to just quit.If you want to be a true peak performer, you'd better prepare for the kind of massive doubtand frustration that would cause 999 out of 1000 people to give up - and justifiably resignfrom the task.There are always more reasons not to go ahead. There are always more obstacles to beovercome - the biggest of which are internal barriers to high achievement. And this is whereEFT can help us to achieve peak performance. EFT can help us sort out what is really at thebottom of our inaction, procrastination, and self-sabotage - barriers that most peak performershave encountered at some point in their career. Often it is just fear. I say, "just fear", but fear,as Emerson stated, defeats more people than any other single thing in the world.What about the fear that you have taken the wrong path? What about the fear that you mightwaste a large part of your life building a castle in the sky? What about the fear that you willcome up short? These must all be addressed and treated or they will continue to get in theway of your performance. But as important as they are, they are usually nowhere near aspowerful as that nagging sense of doubt in your own ability, your own worthiness, and yourown goodness. The nagging thought,
"I'm not good enough" 
. Or
"I'm not good enough yet".
The idea that something more is needed to make us be what we need to be. That once webecome perfect then we can proceed. So far, I haven't met one person on the peakperformance path without some challenges with self-doubt and the need to be perfect.But for most truly worthwhile goals we need to proceed before we achieve perfection becausewaiting for perfection before commencing will mean we stay permanently inactive. This iswhere EFT can help. Begin by doing some rounds of tapping on
"Even though I'm not perfect yet…".
Then continue by tapping on whatever it is you feel you lack, or whatever it is you feelyou need to have or do before you can take some real steps forward towards your ultimategoals.
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What is stopping you is bound to be your negative associations towards one or all of thefollowing:1. Having the success2. The process involved in getting it, and/or3. Your own (perceived lack of) ability or deservingness to achieve itIn other words, you associate pain to having it or to what it would take to have it, or youbelieve that YOU are the problem. These are all good places to start your tapping routine and Ihave previously given some suggestions for tapping on these negative associations in my EFTpost on Manifesting The Life Of Your Dreams With EFT. Today I'd like to offer a couple of ideasfor treating the perfectionism trap since this is a very common barrier that stops many of usfrom taking action.Here are just a few ideas for tapping statements to begin with:
"Even though I'm not good enough to ..." 
(Describe your goal, or what you think you need tobe doing that you aren't doing)
"Even though I need more ...(training, confidence, intelligence...) before I can..." "Even though I don't know exactly how I will go about it..." 
(This is a big one, as with mostreally big goals we don't know when we set them exactly how we will achieve them, yet we willnever find out how to achieve them unless we decide to go for the goal before we really knowthe "How?")Then step up the intensity a little with an exaggeration of your problem pattern, viz:
"Even though I am not going to take action until I have a perfect plan which is flawless inevery way ..." "Even though I expect nothing less than perfection and until I can do it perfectly I refuse totake any action..." 
Exaggeration is an excellent tool for blasting through your belief barriers and revealing thespecific fears that are driving them. Fear of failure is quite common but so too is fear of success. Once you know what your particular fears are you can treat them directly.The reality for most of us however is that we have both fear of failure AND fear of success, wehave parts of us that want to go out in the world and be heard and parts of us that want tostay home and watch TV. Churchill called this "Internal Civil War." The resolution of theseopposites is in my opinion one of the greatest challenges we all face and in my next post I'llexplore some ideas for making peace with the warring sides.
Part 2 - Handling irreconcilable differences
My last post explored the issue of perfectionism. As it turns out being a non-perfectionist mayactually be the key to success. I remember a great author, who had written over 475 books,said that the secret to his success was that he never regretted what he'd written or worriedover it. He was a true non-perfectionist.Is it possible to accept yourself totally as you are whilst continuing to strive to improve? Is itpossible to accept the efforts you make right now (which are less than perfect) whilst youcontinue to strive to achieve new standards of excellence? Is it possible to be totally happywith where you are now AND continue to work to make things better? Is it possible to be atrue success when one part of you wants to make a major difference in the world and one partof you wants to stay home and have a comfortable life?I believe it is in the conflict between seemingly irreconcilable differences such as these whereour greatest success may be found.
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