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9-Gamut Technique for Calming Stress and Negative Emotions

Let’s face it. Being a business owner can be stressful–a lot! And often requires stepping out of our comfort zone to try new things, take risks, and put ourselves out there, which naturally initiates a feeling of fear, doubt, and uncertainty. 

These emotions can cause us to procrastinate on taking action, diminish our creative thinking, drain our confident energy when communicating with others, and engage in unproductive habits–all sabotaging our potential to be and achieve our best.

But how do you stop that “emotion train” once it’s “left the station?” It can seem impossible, even if you’re consciously telling yourself to “snap out of it.”

My go-to technique is EFT (emotional freedom techniques) and I’d like to share with you one of its derivatives, the 9-Gamut Technique, in a quick tutorial video.

I share this powerful tool of EFT with all my clients. Most take to it a little hesitantly (due to it’s odd nature and deceptive simplicity), but soon use it regularly and rave about its effectiveness.

I’ve written about EFT in past posts and usually start off teaching the “original recipe” from Gary Craig, the creator of EFT. There are offshoot variations of the basic/original technique that have been devised, and one of them is the 9-gamut technique, which combines EFT with another technique known as EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprogramming).

This quick tutorial just gives a brief explanation of the brain technology behind this technique but you can learn more about it in this article.

Watch the video and try it for yourself. First choose a negative emotion you’re feeling right now that you can work on (stress, overwhelm, fear of doing _________, resistance to doing _________, anger, frustration, anxiety, etc.). 

You will likely need to repeat the process several times to decrease the level of intensity, especially if you start at a high number (at least a 7 out of 10).

On recommendation from a reader, I have added this EFT one-sheet to be able to have the steps in front of you to read and remember. Click here to access.


1. Go through one “round” of the technique and assess any decrease in the intensity rating of your emotion.
2. Repeat if the intensity # is not a 3 or less. Try to get to a 0 through repeating rounds.
3. Add your comments in the blog post window below to tell me your experience. Post even if it’s “I didn’t notice any difference” so I can help you adjust or understand some things that could be impeding its effectiveness for you.

Do you need help with emotions or thoughts that consistently block you from taking action or cause sabotaging behavior? I might be able to help. Schedule a complimentary MMM Business Strategy Session or Personal Performance Consultation with me 
to identify and change what practical or psychological challenges are holding you back from being and doing better in life and/or business.

Did you like this post? Did you get something helpful from it? Did you take some action that lead to a good result for you? Do you disagree or have something to add? Please leave a comment below to share with others.


  1. Hey Lisa!

    Thanks for posting this. I was feeling very stressed today and gave it a try. It brought my stress level down considerably.

    A quick little summary of the steps would be nice to have. I had to run through the video twice and write them down, although that was probably a good exercise to help me to remember them 🙂

    • Lisa Smith says:

      Thank you for taking the time to comment, Leanne. Sorry to take so long to approve it. Happy to know it helped you. Your feedback was helpful and I added my summary sheet to the post so go back and look for it.

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