Many fears inhabit the workplace & most individuals look to hide
these behind different "self-masks." These masks not only take
away from the ability to produce, but can lead the individual
down the problematic paths of life. This is a two part wake-up
article, providing actual tools for solving these multi-faceted
problems including physical stress management, thought & emotion
management & programming the mind for change. Each separate
article is written to stand on it's own.
In the first part of this article on Performance Anxiety, I
introduced you to Jack. You might remember that when he walked
into my office, I couldn't help but admire his self-confidence.
It was evident in his dress, the way he walked & spoke. Despite
his appearance, Jack suffers from performance anxiety. He
simply freezes at the idea of making a presentation at work,
placing phone calls & this set of fears, or "phobia" is
threatening his chances for performance.
Jack is working with special mind-body communication tools known
as mental biofeedback, heightened awareness for emotional &
thought management & special mind programming tools called
"interactive self-hypnosis." I developed these tools many years
ago to help my patients & students get "into the moment" where
they could change both the body & mind physiology right then &
there where it mattered the most.
Jack needs to develop a high level of mastery with these skills.
He also needs to develop a particular self-discipline in relation to these tools, so that he will be able to access a self-
controlled & focused mind-state whenever he chooses, as well as
work tore-program his mind for what he wants; an active goal
picture that is much better than his current expectations & one
without a smattering of fear phobia.
For many, getting to this physiological/psychological state is a
bit of a mystery. A consistent winner does know how to access
this mind state at will & so will Jack.
Jack is learning to spot the trouble makers & be able to diminish them with the tools of heightened awareness & interactive
self-hypnosis. He will be learning to locate his positive state
emotions & work to enhance them. Jack will be contracting his
After getting in touch with the body communication center,
Jack's second order of business is learning to manage his
thoughts & emotions. Self-Awareness is key to optimum performance. Just as the sports coach brings attention to the
technical problems of the athlete, the "inner coach" must bring the
same quality of attention to the thought processes & emotional
states. Without these abilities one often works from the
position of "overload." This sets the mind up for confusion &
difficulty in making quick, spontaneous, & right decisions. This
is where a good portion of the previously discussed
90% is lost. When the focus is narrow & inward, the subconscious
mind can not function. Stress chemicals are being produced at
high levels, muscle tension is mounting, metabolism changes, &
the brain is not well oxygenated.
As Jack learns to become aware & observe the mind processes,
the ability to release is developed. Again, one cannot release
what one does not see or observe. The winning professional knows
himself well, & is on the alert for emotional states which are
not skillful for him/her at that time. Emotional states can be
high charged chemical concoctions, interfering with all mind-body
functioning. Those looking to get & stay at the top must be
willing to face & work with the truth. If they frequently house
an emotional state that is detrimental to their sport, awareness
of this & immediate release is a vital part of practice.
The better one is trained in managing thoughts & emotional
states, the more consistent one becomes in winning. Skill
building in this arena is known as "awareness meditation" &
precedes "interactive self-hypnosis", or the ability to program
the mind for improved consistent performance. Often times these
steps are excluded, & the individual becomes critical of the use
of self-hypnosis. The problem, in my experience, is not with the
hypnosis, but with missing very important parts of the inner
work, that of releasing muscle tension, managing thoughts & certainly emotional states.
The Third Order of Business for Jack is learning to exit mind
programs that are not goal positive & to enter new programs that
speak to high level success. Self-hypnosis is an extremely valuable tool for individuals across the board, children included.
It's important to realize that if the mind is playing negative
pictures, the results will be the same. What ever the mind perceives as true, becomes true.
We image all the time, whether we plan to or not. As we learn to
respect the workings of the mind, & become aware of the connection to the body, we can utilize this powerful mechanism to
improve any & all areas of our life. There are often self-imposed roadblocks, old beliefs, thought patterns, & automated
emotional responses which keep the professional sidelined & off
the path leading towards the goals. Once it is made clear that
all is ready to move through the blocks, not only will this
occur, but the subconscious mind will assist in making
suggestions & plans.
Jack will be learning to work with re-framing & re-programing
his inner library for success. When one is trained &
practices interactive self-hypnosis, it is relatively easy to
reassess a situation in the moment, & program the change right
then & there. One also has the ability to request suggestions
from the subconscious mind, as to possibilities for management
of a situation. It is tantamount to having a powerful "inner
coach" right there, in every moment, moving the individual towards the planned goal, whether it be making the presentation,
cold-calling prospects, hitting the ball or maneuvering the entire self done a patch of icy slope. Whatever the situation, the
answer is at hand, right up on the thought mind screen.
Jack had actually been programming himself for what he didn't
want & this is exactly what he received. As you develop awareness techniques, start listening to "casual
mind-talk" of others,
pick out the negative programming, & observe what happens.
Many people looking for magic. They dream of a quick results
Without putting in the work required. Those who achieve excellence know that the way to the top, & the way to stay there
is through consistent work & commitment. Playing the mind game
is not different, & for those who do commit, the benefits are
Mind Art - Designing New Habit Patterns
We talk about wanting to change negative-based
habitual thinking patterns, but how does one actually go about
doing that? This short article walks the reader through the
journey of what is possible in programming the mind for habit
The Business of Being Creative
Creativity is within everyone. We are born with it. Those who choose to wake up & utilize it through balance, will climb to the top of the ladder & without burning out. This article is about locating the ladder & beginning the upward climb.
Power Work - Managing Emotions & Their Crayons
We've heard it said that those who manage
their emotions, manage their lives & get all the goodies. Sounds
great, but how do you do that? This article is about just that