An Interview With Nancy Linnerooth about Unblocking Results
How long have you been doing this?
I started career coaching back in 2000 as a side-line to my work as a psychotherapist, which I had been doing since 1998. The career coaching quickly expanded to include people with their own businesses, or who wanted to start their own businesses, and independent professionals who wanted help on the business side of what they did. So I’ve been enjoying helping people make important changes in their lives for awhile.
Who are your clients?
I work with people whose careers or businesses are stuck, even though they know what they need to do to get unstuck. Either they never get around to certain projects, or, if they do, their follow through is less than stellar. Often they start calling themselves names, like “lazy” or “unmotivated” or “stupid.” Of course, they are none of those things. They are just responding to some early programming that keeps them from really succeeding. I call that programming “emotional beliefs.”
How did you get to be an expert on clearing out people’s blocks to living the lives they want?
With my coaching and therapy clients I’ve been fascinated by the ways they hold themselves back from doing not just what they know they need to do to have a better life, but also what they actually want to do. I found that sheer willpower usually wasn’t enough to change their old habits. Even understanding why they were acting against their own interests usually wasn’t enough. We tried all sorts of traditional coaching approaches like setting goals, writing out their action plan, being accountable (to me or someone else), and a host of techniques from the therapy world. Some worked sometimes, but often clients would slide back to their old habits.
Then I learned a technique that helped my therapy clients get rid of the effects of all sorts of bad memories. It worked so much faster and more completely than just using the more traditional therapeutic approaches. My therapy clients started making changes in their lives and feeling better much more quickly than they had done before.
So I started using it with my coaching clients in combination with all of the conventional tools I’ve learned. First I used it on blocks to success I knew were likely to go away fast, like fear of flying or public speaking. These sometimes went away in just one session! The more I saw how quickly clients were making changes, the more bold I was in offering it for problems from procrastination to difficulty focusing on projects to freezing up in interviews.
The results weren’t just fast, they were huge! Clients were able to talk at meetings or to their bosses easily instead of choking up. They stopped spinning their wheels — and spending a lot of time during the day just managing their anger or worries — and instead started finishing projects efficiently and getting rave reviews from their managers. And they got the jobs and promotions in just months that they had been trying unsuccessfully to get for years. All this from getting rid of their emotional beliefs.
What’s an emotional belief?
An emotional belief is a message someone took in, usually at a young age, that blocks them from acting in certain ways now. The message isn’t necessarily logical, but it feels true to the person who has it.
Of course, once we get rid of these emotional beliefs, clients no longer need to hold themselves back.
How do you get rid of emotional beliefs?
First we identify which beliefs a client has. Next we use tapping on them until the emotional beliefs lose their potency. Then we replace them with logical beliefs that support a client’s efforts, like “I stay calm and focused in meetings” or “It’s easy for me to network.”
Back up. What is “Tapping?”
Tapping is a technique in which you tap on nine acupressure points on your head, face and body with your fingers to unhook emotional reactions from whatever sets them off. So if you had an emotional belief that you didn’t deserve to make more than $50,000 per year, we would track down all the memories that led to your forming that belief and tap on them until the belief no longer felt true. It sounds kind of strange, but it’s simple, it’s fast, and it just works — which is why I use it.
I use a form of tapping called EFT which was developed early in the ‘90s. It and several other types of tapping have been growing in popularity around the world as more and more people discover how well they work on all sorts of problems.
How does it work?
No idea. When I first heard about it, I thought it was the wackiest bit of folderol I had ever come across. If it hadn’t been recommended by a highly respected teacher in the therapy world, I never would have tried it. And if I hadn’t had such amazing results when I tried it with my therapy clients, I never would have studied it in detail. The more I learned about and used it, the more I realized that it was just what my coaching clients needed to get unstuck.
I’m a pragmatist. If it works, I’ll use it no matter how wacky it sounds. Even if I don’t know how it works. That’s why I use it with all my coaching clients now.
How quickly can I get results?
Depending on what your emotional beliefs are, you may notice improvements immediately. The more you work on the projects we identify between sessions, of course, the faster you will see change. And each time you erase one of your counterproductive emotional beliefs, it gets easier for you to just do what you need to do, no excuses needed. It’s pretty exciting to see this happen.
How will we work together?
I have two programs now, Intensive and Basic, in addition to individual sessions.
In the Intensive Program we have a one-hour call by telephone or Skype every week for three months. You also have unlimited email access to me to discuss your results and any obstacles you meet along the way. Periodically I send emails to check on your progress and suggest actions you can take.
In addition, Intensive Program clients get two fifteen-minute lightning coaching sessions per month to use whenever something comes up that you want to work on now, without waiting for the next full session. The Intensive Program is for people who want to make changes fast.
The Basic Program is for those who want to take consistent action to root out what is holding them back and are willing to put in their own time to work on what we identify together in sessions. The more effort you put in on your own, the faster you see results. We meet for one hour by phone or Skype every other week for three months. During our calls, we root out as many of the emotional beliefs you have that are undercutting your efforts as we can, and make a plan for you to continue getting rid of more between sessions. We also set goals to work on between sessions to start getting you out of your rut right from the start.
In the Basic Program you will also have unlimited email access to me to discuss your results and any obstacles you meet along the way. Periodically I may send you emails to check on your progress and suggest actions you can take.
I also offer individual sessions. These can be scheduled by former clients who wish to check in on an occasional basis. They can also be used by anyone who wants to get rid of an excessive fear—such as a fear of public speaking, fear of flying, fear of heights—that is unlikely to take three months to get over.
What type of person do you work best with?
Well, you really have to have an open mind about using the tapping technique to change counterproductive emotional beliefs. I haven’t found anything nearly as effective at clearing out such blocks in either coaching or therapy. And it is much faster than other approaches, too. So I just won’t waste my time or anyone else’s trying to get around emotional beliefs without tapping on them.
I would love to do this for myself, but I have a couple of additional questions. Can I talk to you?
Absolutely. Just email me and we will set up a get-acquainted call to talk about whether this would work for you and, if it would, which program makes the most sense.