Performance under Pressure
Nice Guys Really Do Finish Last | Print |  E-mail
Monday, 17 March 2014

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This 5K happened last summer, but the hero is awesome and the story is timeless.  It takes a very special kind of person to let go of striving to win, right smack in the middle of a competition, in order to look after a kid.  Check this out. Hereís the piece from the Huffington Post.

While running in The Jeff Drench Memorial 5K in Charlevoix, Mich., Lance Corporal Myles Kerr stopped to help out a young boy struggling to finish the race. Kerr, 19, put aside his ambition to beat his fellow Marines and instead helped motivate 9 year-old Brandon Fuchs, who lost his party during the race, to make it to the finish line.

According to the 5K results online, the Marine ended up with the slowest time in his age group.

How to Help Anxious, 17-Year-Old Musician Facing High-Stakes Auditions | Print |  E-mail
Sunday, 12 January 2014

Dear Health Journeys,

I used your pre-surgery CD a couple of years ago with great success (especially significant since I have PTSD around medical things & hospitals, after so many horrible experiences there when my chronically ill late husband was dying, over many years.) Thank you!  

Now my question:  a colleague of mine has a son who is a gifted musician, now 17 & auditioning for prestigious conservatories.  He is having problems with the stress of these auditions impairing his performance.  Have you anything that might help him?


A Seven-Yr-Old Orchestra Conductor Nails It | Print |  E-mail
Monday, 16 September 2013

A friend sent me this enchanting video footage of a 7 year old boy conducting an orchestra in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.  The orchestra is accomplished, and this wonderful kid, who definitely looks like somebodyís idea of Christopher Robin, has talent and aplomb.  Check it out. The music is as fabulous as itís familiar.

Do You Have Any Peak Performance Imagery for Tennis-playing Kids? | Print |  E-mail
Monday, 16 September 2013

Hi. I am a former professional tennis player. I would like to know if you have any tennis CDs for kids.  I would like to help them attune their minds to have fun with tennis.  We all learn a system of technique Ė the footwork and strokes and so forth. But I would like to teach kids a system for playing from the heart, tranquil, happy, relaxed and joyful.

By the way, thank you for your CDs.  i just replaced my hip and the Successful Surgery was a big hit with me. Thank you for that. 

Please let me know about the kids.  Take care.  

Emilse Longo (Ed. Note:  We only use the writerís actual name when specifically told that itís okay to do so, as we were told by Emilse)

Cognitive Training Improves Memory, Attention in Aging Population | Print |  E-mail
Monday, 26 August 2013

Investigators from Maastricht University Medical Centre in The Netherlands reviewed the efficacy of cognitive intervention studies with the aging population, assessing earlier reviews by taking into account the methodological quality of the studies.
They performed a systematic review of randomized controlled trials (RCT) and clinical studies published between August 2007 and February 2012 in Pubmed and PsychINFO. The quality of the included RCTs was assessed according to the CONSORT criteria for RCTs. A total of thirty-five studies were included; twenty-seven RTCs and eight clinical studies.
The content of the intervention studies differed widely, as did the methodological quality of the included RCTs.

Guided Imagery Helps College Students with Anxiety | Print |  E-mail
Monday, 19 August 2013

BR got this note from the mom of a college sophomore at The University of Chicago, who suffers from anxiety but who was very skeptical of guided imagery as a self-regulation solution for her troubles.

Hi, Belleruth,

I learned so much from attending your workshop on Healing Trauma in Bethesda a few weeks ago! Thank you for an interesting, information-packed presentation. Little did I know that shortly after this workshop I would get my 19-year-old daughter to try your imagery. Over Thanksgiving she was home from the University of Chicago where she is a sophomore. Where she goes to college probably tells you what kind of person she is--smart, driven, perfectionistic, etc. etc.

Guided Imagery Helps during Transition from Military to Civilian Life | Print |  E-mail
Monday, 22 July 2013

We love it when active and retired military personnel find some benefit from our imagery recordings.   We still hear from those who serve(d) in Afghanistan and Iraq, but theyíre also really useful for transitioning service people.  

Being newly civilian can make a person feel like a fish out of water.  Naturally, itís weird to go from functioning within a fairly firm structure, with lots of rules and regs, guidance and accountability, authority and support (for whatever the mission or task at hand is), to then be awash in the relative freedom and loosey-goosey chaos of civilian life.

Itís natural to lose confidence and self-esteem when we donít yet know the ropes Ė especially when weíre used to knowing what weíre doing.  Sometimes a little support is just the ticket.

So it was great to read what Donna posted on our feedback page under our imagery for Self Confidence and Peak Performance.

Guided Imagery Career Transition Program Shows Higher Re-Employment Success | Print |  E-mail
Tuesday, 02 October 2012

A study tests the effectiveness of a guided imagery-based career transition program, and finds it is associated with higher rates of return to full time employment and greater perceived control over the job loss.

This randomized study examined the effectiveness of a guided imagery-based career transition program as compared to a placebo control condition in promoting reemployment in 52 unemployed business people recruited from four different outplacement firms in seven locations in California (60% male, 83% Caucasian, mean age: 46.8).

Singer Overcomes Fear of Open Mic | Print |  E-mail
Monday, 11 June 2012

I am a 24 year old singer whose day job is delivering packages. I am told I have a really good voice and enough talent to make it professionally. I love to sing.

I had been trying to work up the guts to audition at various local venues or to even get up for open mic nights at a few clubs in my area. Only problem Ė just the thought of doing this terrified me. I could not bring myself to do it, I was that paralyzed with fear.

I started working with a personal coach, a friend of my sisterís, who got me into using my imagination to rehearse in my mind all the particulars of singing in front of a crowd. I worked with him for 4 weeks, and the change was downright amazing.

Last week, I sang at an open mic night, and once I got started, you could not have dragged me off the stage. Also, the response from the audience was really positive, and that kept me on a roll. I feel like Iíve broken through something really big. I also know that if I get scared again, I can go back to the methods my coach taught me. I am on my way to making my dream happen. He suggested I post this on your Inspiring Story page for others to see and take courage from.


Guided Imagery to Help with Job Loss/Job Search | Print |  E-mail
Monday, 04 June 2012


My son has been out of work for over a year. He is a production artist. He had started working right after school and after a year they lost a client. He has had interviews but nothing so far. He loved that job. He now works part time as a cook until he can find something in his field. He went back to school for three months to learn web design.  Can you suggest a CD to attract work? He will listen to it on his iPod.

Worried Mom

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