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EMDR Peak Performance Coaching: Living Into Your Best Self

One of the rewards of my work is seeing people break through blocks and barriers that have been holding them back for years. When my clients get that fresh opportunity for success, they can realize the goals they have set for themselves, whether it be career or personal goals.

Consider your own life goals and any barriers that might be holding you back from achieving them!

Peak Performance Coaching: Living Into Your Best Self

Back in 1875 when one of the first American-rules college football games was played, the British saw coaching as unsportsmanlike. While Harvard followed the British sporting ethos, Yale hired a coach for their college football team. In the first thirty years of play, Harvard beat Yale only four times.*

Peak Performance CoachingToday, we couldn’t imagine a high level athlete without the support of a coach, someone whose job is to make sure the athlete is playing at his or her peak ability. And watching the Olympics this last month we’ve seen the way years of personal training by renowned coaches have helped these athletes become the best in the world.

Most of us aren’t world-class athletes looking for ways to improve our game – we’re professionals and students, spouses and friends — individuals working to be successful in our work or family, church or social communities. And many of us have areas in our life where we seem to run into a mental glass ceiling, that barrier that keeps us from being our best selves.

The ability of a coach to view our performance from an outside perspective and offer suggestions for improving has value far beyond sports. Peak Performance coaching applies both coaching principals and the tools of EMDR therapy to any area of life where a person feels intimidated or encounters obstacles that make it difficult to move forward with success. The following story is an amalgamation from several of my own experiences using Peak Performance EMDR Therapy.

From most outsider perspectives Andrew was a successful family man and attorney. After five years with a small law firm, he seemed poised to become partner. But losing his mother to cancer and supporting his aging father seemed to have derailed his career. When a new partner was hired from outside the firm, he felt shut out. Rather than wait to be fired, he made a lateral job change with a less prestigious firm and found himself settling into a mediocre career. Andrew felt stuck, unable to reach the potential he knew he was capable of.

When Andrew decided to come in for EMDR therapy, we worked through the negative belief he was un-consciously holding, his fear of failure. As Andrew shifted his beliefs to those of success, he regained his energy and confidence. He was able to identify the kind of career he wanted to have and pursue it with an honest and positive belief, confident that he could reach the level of success he desired.

Recognizing the barriers
For some people, the barriers to success seem clear. A high school student with extreme test anxiety knows he needs help to get his best SAT score. A professional woman who is afraid to drive on the freeway finds her job opportunities limited. Taking the step to seek out appropriate help such as peak performance coaching or EMDR therapy is so important to creating possibilities for success. I’ve seen the results, the freedom and assurance that comes from people who have engaged in the process of shattering the barriers – students walking into an SAT test with confidence or professionals driving down the freeway to a new job.

For many of us our negative self-beliefs hide themselves in our sub-conscious. They play out in small moments, that can affect our relationships, our willingness to take important risks, our self-confidence about trying something new. Some questions you might ask yourself to recognize what might be holding you back are:

  • Do I have goals that I establish and sabotage?
  • Do I feel bored in my career?
  • Do I feel stuck at a level of performance that I can’t break through?
  • Do I limit myself in order to avoid failure?
  • Do past setbacks keep me from taking risks?
  • Do I say no to challenges that interest me because I’m unsure of the result?

How Peak Performance Coaching and EMDR Therapy works
Bringing peak performance coaching and EMDR therapy to engage these barriers to success means having someone who can help you take a long and wide perspective of your life situation. They can also help you recognize patterns, identify the root cause of those barriers, and the negative beliefs that are holding you back from success. EMDR therapy is useful in working to process those root causes, helping to change negative beliefs into positive ones. And finally, a peak performance coach can help you create the tools and systems you need for long term success.

Call me and let’s work together to help you achieve your maximum potential!

* The Harvard/Yale football story above came from a New Yorker article which portrays the value of coaching to help many professionals achieve their peak performance. You can read it here

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