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These days I’m not afraid to admit to just how bad some of my college transcripts might seem. Not all of my transcripts are filled with the kinds of grades one typically associates with college success.
In fact, I got my very first F in college during my first semester there. The F was for a Creative Writing class that I never attended.
Here’s what happened.
When I received my official course enrollment form I discovered I had been enrolled in a Creative Writing course.
I could not remember ever choosing to enroll in this course, so I decided I would not attend. I justified my decision by reasoning that the courses I would be attending offered more than enough units for me to be considered a full-time student.
Rather than figure out how to drop the course, I decided to ignore it. Not only did I ignore the class, I also ignored the warning messages I received informing me that if I did not officially drop the course by a specified date, I would receive an F for the course.
Not a great way to achieve academic success.
Today, it’s hard for me to get in touch with the feelings I had at that time. But I do remember them.
First, there was my anger that someone else’s error meant I had to take an action to see that the error was corrected. What a total waste of my time.
But more than that was the feeling of overwhelm that would overtake my entire body any time I contemplated taking the necessary steps to remedy the situation.
Today I know that in order to drop the course I would have had to do nothing more than walk over to the administration building and fill out the proper form. It sounds so simple.
But back then, the thought of entering that building and finding someone to help me was more than I could handle. It felt much too hard. I felt stuck.
If I had talked to anyone at the time about this feeling of being stuck, I might have gotten the help I needed to overcome what were to become rather frequent episodes of debilitating anxiety. Instead, I continued to experience at this feeling of being frozen and unable to act at various moments throughout the next several years of my life.
The therapists that I would eventually see helped me to trace my anxiety to early childhood experiences that had damaged my self-esteem and made me fearful of speaking up in public, even in order to defend my self.
But the ability to change my anxiety-based reactions really didn’t come from understanding the roots of my behaviors. Though my mind could acknowledge what was happening, my body persisted in having its reaction.
Until I learned EFT.
EFT taught me that my anxiety reactions were related to the way energy was flowing through my body. By practicing EFT I was able to alter the patterns of energy flow that were associated with those debilitating anxiety attacks. As a result, today I am able to speak out in defense of myself without any fear or hesitation (not to mention the countless other things I do regularly that once felt overwhelming or impossible).
I really don’t know what comes first, the thoughts or the energy flow patterns. But I do know this. Once patterns of energy flow have been established in one’s body, thinking about what causes them alone won’t change them. We need to reprogram the thought/energy links that we are accustomed to experiencing.
EFT helped me to do that.
If this feeling of being stuck sounds familiar to you, if you are someone who finds it difficult to take action on behalf of your own success, try this EFT script. Substitute your situation as appropriate.
Two EFT tapping scripts for clearing your resistance to taking action on your own behalf
Karate chop (repeat 3 times) Even though I feel completely unable to take action on my own behalf, I deeply and completely accept myself.
Eyebrow: I can’t take care of myself.
Side of Eye: I feel so stuck.
Under Eye: I know that I need to take care of myself, but I can’t.
Under Nose: I just can’t take care of myself.
Chin: I can’t take care of myself.
Collarbone: I can’t take action.
Under Arm: Just the thought of taking action on my own behalf makes me anxious.
Top of Head: I get too anxious just thinking about taking care of myself.
Eyebrow: I wonder if it is possible for me to contemplate taking care of myself without getting anxious?
Side of Eye: Even that thought makes me anxious.
Under Eye: All this anxiety about taking care of myself.
Under Nose: This horrible anxiety.
Chin: I think I’d rather abandon myself than take care of myself.
Collarbone: No I wouldn’t.
Under Arm: Yes I would.
Top of Head: I just can’t tolerate this feeling of anxiety.
Karate Chop (3x) Even though I feel all this anxiety whenever I contemplate taking action on my own behalf, I choose to defend my rights and take ownership of my responsibilities.
Eyebrow: I can take positive actions on my own behalf.
Side of Eye: I can take care of myself.
Under Eye: I can defend my rights.
Under Nose: I can take ownership of my responsibilities.
Chin: I choose to succeed in college by taking action on my behalf and ownership of my responsibilities.
Collarbone: I choose to know that it’s okay for me to speak up in defense of myself.
Under Arm: I choose to act responsibly.
Top of Head: I choose to succeed, knowing that my success depends on my ability to act responsibly on my own behalf.
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