Can You Use EFT Tapping To Improve Your Focus?

Can You Use EFT Tapping To Improve Your Focus?

Have you ever had a task that required your attention… but no matter what, you just couldn’t seem to focus on it?  There are a number of reasons why we might have difficulty focusing on a task, and some are things we have the power to shift. Here are 4 top tricks you can try to improve your focus with EFT tapping.

  • Let go of stress caused by difficulty focusing.  Sometimes, the fact that we have difficulty focusing can be a source of stressful emotions.  Unfortunately, this stress can create a downward spiral by making it even harder to focus!  But don’t worry - I created this sequence that you can tap along with to help let go of these feelings and calm the nervous system, which helps our brains function optimally for most tasks.

  • Let go of internal resistance to the task.  We occasionally have tasks that are tough to just sit down and complete not because of our own difficulty focusing, but because we have some kind of resistance to working on or completing them.  For example, if I need to fill out paperwork for a driver’s license but something inside me says, “I don’t want to drive!  I’m too scared,” then that internal resistance can show up as difficulty focusing on what might seem like a straightforward task to someone without the same resistance.  These resistances might be fairly easy to see – or they might be flying under our radar.  Here are a couple videos you can use to identify and let go of resistances (aka “reversals”). (Hint: You may need to change the wording slightly to make it fit your task instead of the target of the video.)

  • Let go of overwhelm related to the task.  If you’ve ever had to deal with a task that is clearly large and unwieldy, or very difficult, you might understand this emotion.  Feeling overwhelmed by a task (or set of tasks) can make it much more difficult to concentrate on completing it.  You can tap along with this video to reduce the sensation of overwhelm (and related emotions), which can allow for better focus.

  • See what happens if you tap on aspects of the task itself.  If you’re having trouble focusing on a task, it may be that you are experiencing an aversion to the task.  For example, it might create feelings of boredom or a fear of missing out on other activities… or any number of other emotions.  I know this first hand, from driving long distances on road trips… LOL!  Eventually, the driving can get boring, and I just don’t want to do it anymore and end up stalling a bit and stopping for longer than I really should to stay on schedule.  Here is a video you can tap along with to let go of boredom, if that applies to your situation.

Good luck! Hope that helps! :)

What's Stopping Your Progress? ...How to Identify Resistances or "Psychoenergetic Reversals" with EFT Tapping

If you've been working away at a particular issue with EFT tapping and haven't been making progress, it may be that you are affected by a psychoenergetic reversal (also known as a PER, reversal, or sometimes simply as "resistance" - you can read more about them here).  PERs are essentially reasons why the non-conscious mind wants to hang onto an issue... and there can actually be quite a few of them!

In my blog post about PERs, I discussed 5 main categories of PERs identified by energy psychologist Fred Gallo and shared a video of a sequence I use to address these before tapping. Sometimes, though, we need to get a little more specific in addressing our reversals. Here I’ll share my top tips for discovering PERs that can keep us bound to our issues.

My basic procedure for identifying PERs is simple:

  1. Ask a few questions of yourself to find your PERs.

  2. Use the answers to guide some tapping specific to the PERs.

  3. After clearing PERs, use EFT tapping for the issue.

First things first: get started with a few questions to help see what PERs might be there for you. You can also tap along with this video and see if any others spontaneously surface.

  • What is the best thing about having this issue, or the "upside of the downside"?  Would you lose out on anything if you didn't have it anymore? Sometimes, what seems to be a real problem in our lives can actually be a way that our bodies have adapted to solve another, “primary” problem. For example, maybe I have a series of events I don’t feel like attending, and then end up with a migraine that prevents me from going after all. Some other questions you might ask yourself are, “Are there any side effects of this issue that I really enjoy?” and “Does this issue get me out of anything I hate doing?”

  • How much work do you think it would take to resolve this issue? The truth is, even us motivated people are kind of lazy sometimes! Some issues seem to be so overwhelming to resolve that this can actually sabotage our attempts to make progress on them. As an example of this, let’s say that I’m interested in getting in shape, but I believe that fitness is nothing but hard work and that this is the only way to reach my goal. I may end up having trouble with this issue because of my limiting belief that getting fit has to be hard work rather than an enjoyable process.

  • Does this issue protect you from anything... criticism, being hurt, etc.? Is it in any way related to your survival needs? All of us make use of some handy neurological programming that recognizes certain stimuli as threatening in order to keep us safe. Some of these stimuli are generally dangerous (and so it’s very useful to hold on to our threat recognition), while some are not (and in this case, our threat recognition can hold us back). An example of this would be if I did really well on a test in school, and my classmates made fun of me and hurt my feelings. Now I might associate succeeding with being made fun of, and avoid it… whether I’m consciously aware of it or not.

  • Imagine what would happen if this issue was resolved.  Get into the details... who is there in your life, what are you doing, what do other people say about it...? This is really just another technique to explore the above questions. Vividly imagining your life without an issue can give you some more clues about what you expect to happen without it and how the issue might be serving you in some way. For example, it may be that resolving an issue means that you have to change something in your life that seems really difficult, or lose touch with someone close to you. Occasionally, it can also seem impossible to imagine what life would even look like without the issue… we sometimes start to identify with an issue to the extent that we don’t know who we are without it.

Next, do some tapping for the PERs you discovered. You can always try a very general and broad sequence like the one in this video, but you also might need to get a little more specific. Continuing with our examples from above, some of the specific tapping might include:

  • Needing something, or not wanting to do something. If the primary issue is not wanting to attend something, then tapping around that and needing boundaries might be appropriate. Or, if there is a nice side effect (such as attention from loved ones) that comes with the issue, tapping could be used to address that unmet need and being ok with asking to have needs met.

  • Limiting beliefs around the work required to resolve an issue. When we believe that something is a ton of hard work, it sometimes sounds less appealing. However, “hard work” is very relative, and we sometimes forget that it could be optional. Tapping can be used on limiting beliefs, as well as on specific events that reinforce these beliefs (such as past attempts to resolve an issue).

  • Specific traumatic events that require self-protection. If we’re holding on to an issue as part of a survival or protective mechanism, then it’s often useful to use the Tell The Story technique on any specific events that led us to require that mechanism. Building on the example above, I would tap on the time I did well on the test and got made fun of. If success stops being associated with being made fun of, then I no longer need the protective mechanism.

  • Identification of oneself with the issue, or an inability to see the possibility of resolving the issue. This can involve everything from tapping about changing habits and grief and stresses about change to tapping on the simple concepts of “I don’t know who I am without this issue” or “I can’t imagine life without this issue.”

After clearing the PERs, you’re all set to work on your issues with the same great results tapping usually brings! Good luck! :)

P.S. As a bonus, I also have this video that you can tap along with to help overcome fear of success. Just tap along to try it out! :)