Looking back and looking forward
As I closed the books on 2018 and began dreaming about what was to come in 2019, I had a profound, albeit mathematical, realization. I’m a bit of a geek and engineer, although math and I have typically shared a love/hate relationship. So, when I saw that I had a 350% increase in sales revenues over 2017, I had to do a double-take.
I thought as I went through my numbers again. But 350% was right. That number just looked crazy! How did that even happen?
It all started in March 2018
I had recently taken a class and returned home feeling excited, but also feeling stuck. A recent visit to my chiropractor reminded me that she had an on-site Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) coach. I didn’t know what that was, but I heard the word ‘coach’ and I was sold. Surely a coach can help me get “unstuck”? I did my research and Googled EFT to learn more about it. And was intrigued.
I’ve been a glass artist for many years and never felt like my art was quite good enough or unique enough. I wasn’t formally trained, etc. etc.… All stories I told myself about myself as an artist. Because I believed these stories, for years I subconsciously decided that no one should see or experience my creations. Sure, I’ve sold some pieces here or there and published a thing or two, but nothing worth quitting a day job for!
There was more here than met the eye
The more I dug around, I found there was more to that story I was telling myself:
And that was that. Since I was a kid, I’ve gotten plenty of messages from family, the media and well-meaning strangers telling me that I couldn’t make a living as an artist. That artists starve. That the only artists who are famous are dead ones. I bought into those messages - and never pushed to put my art out there.
Over the years, I was serious about honing my craft, but I didn’t put into it as much as I want. I never had enough time or money. When I took that class in early 2018, I saw many of my peers - with the same number of years’ experience as I have - speed by me and create for themselves, artistically and professionally, what I was too afraid to do for myself.
went my thinking. And that’s when I realized my “stuckness” was rooted in regret. With the help of my EFT coach, I (literally) had to sit with the icky feeling of regret and look it head on. She helped me to look at the various specific aspects that came along with regret and we tapped on them, using basic EFT and Matrix Reimprinting techniques.
Imagine, me, an artist who never did a 5-day, outdoor fine art show before in my life. Whose constant thought loop was,
I finally took the risk and spent the money on the booth and invested in my displays. I spent hours (sometimes all-nighters) blowing glass in my studio - and it rained at that event. Like historic levels! And it was record-high hot! Visitor attendance was down. But I did it! Patrons bought my art!
Not a One Minute Wonder
Make no mistake, EFT was not a one-and-done-everything-is-perfect-now approach for me. Let me be clear on that. Between EFT sessions, I practiced tapping on my own and kept a journal of what I was working on. Over time, I noticed my self-talk begin to shift from
and I began making different choices.
Each decision lead to another, which led to new opportunities. I began taking risks. I did that big outdoor fine arts event. And then another. I taught a class at a prestigious glass museum. I did more art events. All because tapping helped me to rewrite the stories I’d been telling myself for decades.
How EFT made the difference
Working with a certified EFT practitioner helped me to notice the specific thoughts, events, and beliefs that I played over and over in my mind. It helped me investigate how those beliefs helped or hindered me, and to see how they showed up in my life. Learning how to use tapping was powerful, because it helped me to clear the stories that blocked my way and kept me stuck.
I found tapping to be a profoundly life-changing tool. In fact, so much so, that I wanted to learn all about it and share it with others. In December 2018, I became an AAMET-Accredited Certified EFT practitioner. Tapping helped me uncover and rewrite the stories I had been telling myself for decades. By harnessing the power of EFT, I was able to improve my 2018 sales revenues by 350%. If tapping could help me do that, I wonder what it could do for other artists and entrepreneurs in the world?
Heather is an Accredited Practitioner, who specialises in working in the areas of Peak Performance, Stress and Artistic Performance