Welcome Athletes and Coaches... Now STOP IT!!!
Stop thinking that performance issues start on the "mental" level... they don't.
If it were a matter of simply changing your "mental game", you'd change your thoughts and you'd easily change your game. But I know you've changed your thoughts and you've worked on your "mental game" and your performance challenges aren't changing, are they?
That's because the problems you're having start on the physiological or cellular level of your body, not in your mind.
Once you are freed up on the cellular level, your mind will be freed up as well, allowing you to easily implement your mental game strategies.
Exactly what does happen on the physiological/cellular level? Read about it here.
All emotions are good because all emotions serve a purpose of some kind!
Even what we refer to as “negative” emotions have a very useful purpose in our lives. Anger can help us take crucial action, fear can stop us from doing something dangerous, guilt can help us re-evaluate our values, disappointment can help us build our resolve, sadness can eventually move us towards gratitude. There is a wonderful purpose for every negative emotion.
However, it’s the accumulation of unprocessed negative emotions that end up damaging our cells and makes us feel crappy physically.
Remember that all emotions are chemicals. An emotion has a 90 second cycle in the body once it is released by the hypothalamus.
For example, if you feel the chemical of anger release and you just allow yourself to feel the anger and you don’t get caught up in the story of what happened, that feeling is gone in 90 seconds. Purely feel it and it completes its cycle and releases in 90 seconds.
Unfortunately, that’s not what we usually do. We get caught up in the story of what happened and then the hypothalamus releases more emotional chemicals and we feel more upset and tell the story over and over and the hypothalamus releases more emotional chemicals… you get the picture.
So the only time a negative emotion becomes a problem is when we don’t allow ourselves to fully experience the pure emotion (no story), and the emotional chemicals start to store in our cell receptors.
Negative emotional chemicals activate the Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis. You know this by its more common term of “fight or flight”.
When these negative emotions are released into the body, the visceral organs stop doing their life-sustaining work of digestion, absorption, excretion and other functions that provide for the growth of the cells and the production of the body’s energy reserves.
Finely tuned motor skills are put on hold as the body prepares to flee. The heart starts pumping more rapidly, muscles begin to tense up, vision decreases, breathing becomes shallow, and there may be profuse sweating or clamminess of the hands. The immune system is compromised. Activating this axis also interferes with the ability to think clearly and this affects focus and judgment.
When you put the body through this on a daily basis, eventually disease and pain can develop.
When positive emotions are released into the body, muscles are relaxed and fluid, breathing is deep — causing more oxygen and blood to reach the brain for increased focus and better decisions, and fine motor skills improve, as well as clearer vision. The immune system is strengthened. Positive emotions nourish the cells!
That’s why it’s so critical to use tapping to complete the releasing of any unprocessed negative emotional chemicals every day.
Tapping keeps your cells healthy!
Have you ever stopped to wonder what your emotions are?
I think and speak about Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT or tapping) in a completely different way than most other EFT practitioners. It isn’t right or wrong, it’s just different.
When I started to think about EFT in this new way in 2004, it completely changed my approach to EFT and my tapping protocols, and as a result… the results for my clients definitely improved!
I want to share with you how I think and talk about tapping to lay the groundwork for some future posts, so that when I talk about “emotional chemicals”, you’ll know what I’m referring to.
In order to explain this, I have to first start with some information about our physiology.
We have 50 to 100 trillion cells in our bodies!
EVERY CELL in our body has up to one million cell receptor sites. It is the job of these cell receptors to take in nutrients, proteins, vitamins, and minerals to nourish each cell and keep it in balance.
AN EVENT HAPPENS
That event can be thoughts we have; something that happens to us; something we witness happening to someone else; an injury; a trauma; etc.
The hypothalamus releases a cascade of chemicals that are called peptides
These peptides are short chain amino acids that we experience as an emotion or sensation; all 32 emotions are simply chemical combinations
These peptides dock onto cell receptor sites throughout the body
Now nutrients, proteins, vitamins and minerals can’t enter those receptor sites
If the chemical/emotion isn’t naturally processed out of receptor sites it remains there
Eventually these receptor sites shrink up and die and the cell divides
The body then makes more receptor sites for that same chemical/emotion and less for nutrients, proteins, vitamins, and minerals
We then spend our time trying to deal with the event and these unprocessed chemicals/emotions on a mental level rather than the physiological level that it happened on!
That’s also why it feels like your problem is getting worse. That’s not your imagination, that’s an accumulation of these chemicals in your cell receptors; it’s a biochemical response your body is having.
The things that happen to us happen on a physiological level. They literally bypass our conscious mind and happen biochemically and physiologically to us, but we end up spending our time trying to deal with them mentally. It’s like using a hammer to do the job when instead we really need to use a screwdriver…wrong tool for the job!
What does tapping do?
EFT (or tapping) speaks directly to your body, bypassing the conscious mind, and completes the processing of these chemicals out of the cell receptors, returning your body to a state of balance. These emotional chemicals dump into your waste system and are eliminated.
(In case you’re new to tapping: this is accomplished through a series of taps on end acupuncture points on your face and hands, using your fingertips. There are no needles involved and it is a do-it-yourself technique. Once learned, you will literally have this tool at your fingertips for the rest of your life!)
And unlike other techniques, since we’re speaking directly to your body and not your mind, you don’t have to believe it will work in order for it to work.
In my next post, I’ll tell you about how negative and positive emotional chemicals affect your body and your overall health.
- Through experiencing a current or past injury or surgery. When you are injured or have surgery, your body develops a fear of re-injury and a memory of protection on the cellular level to protect the part of your body that was injured or cut into. As a result, ROM is inhibited.
- Unprocessed emotions store in some part of your body and you can experience this as a decrease in range of motion. Emotions are chemicals that dock onto cell receptors. If the emotional chemicals aren’t released naturally from the receptors, your body will find a way to let you know. You will most likely experience a decrease in ROM in the part of your body you use frequently in order for your body to get your attention.
- Your body is holding tightness or stiffness in the cell receptors and the cell membranes.
I’ve been pioneering the use of Emotional Freedom Techniques (tapping) with range of motion issues since 2003 with fantastic results! I’ve helped hundreds of professional and amateur athletes increase their ROM by as much as 60% or greater.
Please join me on this episode of my radio show as I discuss in-depth these three issues that decrease range of motion and what you can do to regain your full movement :
You can stop the cycle of sports injuries by completing the healing of past injuries and surgeries.
Release the trauma, emotions, fear of re-injury, and memory of protection on the cellular level and return to your pre-injury performance level.
Please listen to my interview about stopping the cycle of sports injuries:
Easily complete the healing of any past injuries and surgeries with my breakthrough Injury Recovery Program. You can then perform at 100% capacity rather than holding back to protect your body.
This program works for both athletes and non-athletes.
(This Injury Recovery Program is also included in every Sports Performance Manual.)
Whenever you are injured or have surgery, there are 3 areas that need to be addressed:
- The first is the trauma to the body itself. Let’s say you sprain your right ankle. That trauma immediately settles into the cell receptors around your ankle and will just stay there unless you signal the cell receptors to release it.
- The second area has to do with all the emotions (remember emotions are chemicals) that you experience as a result of the injury. I call it the “oh crap” moment when you realize what you’ve done and there is a cascade of thoughts and emotions/chemicals about what this means for you. For example: pain, fear, anger, frustration, disappointment, anxiety, and sadness are common emotions/chemicals that get stuck in the cell receptors at the time of injury or shortly after. Any negative emotions you may experience connected with a surgery or rehab can slow down the healing process as well.
- Finally, whenever you are injured your body immediately forms a fear of re-injury and a memory of protection to keep that part of the body safe. You begin to hold yourself in a certain way and the body begins to adapt around the injury. Once that injury heals, nothing signals the body to release the fear of re-injury and the memory of protection. Your body then never returns to a state of balance but remains in that adaptive state, and the chances of you re-injuring yourself are greater because of this.
When the trauma, emotions, fear of re-injury, and memory of protection are sitting in those cell receptors, your receptors aren’t as available to take in all the good things you’re doing to support the healing of the injury. That’s why it can take so long for something to heal.
Once you release the trauma, emotions, and memory of protection, now you’ve freed up those cell receptors to be fully available to take in nutrients, proteins, vitamins, and minerals. All the things you’re doing to heal (chiropractic care, supplements, physiotherapy, massage, etc.) can work at the deepest cellular level around the injured area.
You can easily speed up the healing of any current injuries with my breakthrough Injury Recovery Program. Consistent results help an athlete to return to their sport 3-4 weeks sooner than predicted. You can then perform at 100% capacity rather than holding back to protect your body.
To understand even more about what happens when you’re injured and how you can heal and get back in the game as quickly as possible, please listen to my interview about current sports injuries on You Tube.
This program works for both athletes and non-athletes.
(This Injury Recovery Program is also included in every Sports Performance Manual.)
Several years ago I was introduced to the sport of high altitude mountain climbing when my neighbor suggested that I read the book, Into Thin Air. Before I read this book I was like most people who have asked the question, “why would anyone want to do that?”…put themselves through the agony of climbing at those altitudes. But once I read this book I was absolutely hooked.
This started a several year saga of reading many high altitude mountain climbing books; and the more I read the more I wanted to read about it. I had this realization that these professional high altitude mountain climbers are amazing elite athletes.
In the process of reading these books I was introduced to Ed Viesturs, the first American to climb all fourteen 8000 meter peaks without supplemental oxygen. I was in awe of Ed’s accomplishments and I really consider him to be a true hero in many respects.
It’s been my desire to meet Ed in person and hear him talk about his adventures and have the chance to ask him about his mental toughness. I had the good fortune to fulfill that dream in October when Ed was in town to promote his new book, The Mountain, My Time on Everest.
He was down to earth, funny, intelligent, and very humble. He gave about an hour presentation sharing fabulous pictures of Mount Everest and then he opened the floor to questions.
I asked him to speak about his mental toughness, “specifically what is your inner dialogue or self-talk when you are in the death zone and it feels like you can’t take one more step?”
In this Breakthrough Sports Performance radio episode, Stacey Vornbrock speaks with Mike Bell, the Director of Player Development for the Arizona Diamondbacks about a multi-sports focus vs. a one sport focus for your child.
We discuss the value of exposing your children to a variety of sports while they’re young, rather than just specializing in one sport.
Allowing your child to specialize in just one sport can result in 3 major consequences. We talk about these and Mike offers his insights on each as a baseball coach and the father of three young children.
Mike Bell offers a unique perspective on this subject as a former professional baseball player, a former coach, and as a father. If you’re a parent, you will definitely want to hear Mike’s insights and advice!
Click on the image below to listen to this radio interview:
Do you acknowledge the progress you’re making toward your goals on a daily basis? Do you even notice you’re making progress toward your goals?
I’ll bet you don’t! I’m willing to bet that you just focus on what hasn’t happened yet or what you still have to get done that isn’t done or that you haven’t reached your goal yet.
In this radio episode of Breakthrough Sports Performance I talk about how not celebrating your small wins can slow down your progress toward accomplishing your goals and the one easy thing you can do to change that.
Listen to the show now: http://www.eftradioonline.com/applaud-yourself/
Wanting your child to play their sport your way instead of their way.
- Are you telling your child what to do and how to play?
- Are you playing coach in the car on the way home, critiquing their performance and telling them how they should have done something?
- Do you think you know how to coach better than their coach does?
- Are you interfering with their technique?
Imagine if I came to watch you work and then proceeded to tell you how I think you should be doing things differently than you are.
What if I wanted to rearrange your files because it made logical sense to me and I thought you could be more efficient at your job if you did it my way? How would you feel if you were learning a new task in your job and I interrupted your learning to tell you how to do it different or better? Would you feel frustrated, confused, irritated?
So does your child when you tell him/her how they should have hit that putt, hit the ball, run the bases, caught the ball, saved that goal, etc.
Thinking or feeling that your child’s sports performance reflects poorly on you.
Tell the truth, can you relate to any of these thoughts or feelings?
- I want to brag about my child’s performance
- I feel competitive with the other parents
- I’m getting my competitive needs met through my child’s performance
- I want to win and I project that onto my child
- I feel like it’s my accomplishment when my child plays well
- I live my life through my child’s performance
- When my child performs poorly that reflects on me
Your child’s performance says nothing about you as a parent or the job you’re doing as a parent.
Their performance has nothing to do with you.