Is there something more powerful than brain power, when it comes to making your business work? So often, people are raised to think their way through most situations, with the implication that we should stop feeling so much and use our heads more.

I love to read and ponder what the great philosophers like Socrates, Plato, Nietzsche have to say about the truth of the human condition. But we're forgetting one of the most fundamental truths: We have to have our hearts and our brains in literal harmony to be our most powerful and productive (and human) selves. Scientific research now proves this.

The Institute of HeartMath, which has 17 years of work under its belt, has found that the heart is the largest generator of electrical and magnetic energies in the body. The heart produces the largest rhythmic electromagnetic field of any of the body’s organs. Its electrical field is about 60 times greater in amplitude than the electrical activity generated by the brain and its magnetic field is 5,000 times greater.

We’ve been conditioned as a mind-dominated culture to believe that emotions are inappropriate and ineffective in our professional lives. In truth, the most powerful source of our inner power lies in the heart and in our ability to experience and manage our emotions.

To help the brain to begin seeing and acting from a clear, logical perspective, it’s necessary to consult the heart, and it is often a variety of emotional elements that need clearing and clarifying. The heart’s magnetic field — some unresolved emotional component of fear or self-doubt or some little old memory of things going south — keeps the system from delivering the most powerful performance. Once the emotional component is brought into clarity, the heart and brain come into alignment and there is no stopping the force of that talent, insight, even brilliance.

My advice to you? Go out of your mind. And check your heart. Then get them aligned. Think how powerful you will be when you’ve got both those energy forces going in the same direction!

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Author's Bio: 

Bernadette Hunter, M.S., LPC, EFT-ADV, uses Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) to help athletes, artists and performers, and sales and career people optimize performance and achieve personal goals. Her roles include:

- Performance Enhancement Specialist with expertise in multiple arenas
- Level I and II EMDR practitioner (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) since 1995
- Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice since 1987.

Bernadette’s education in peak performance work includes the highest credentials and study with some of the foremost figures in EFT, peak performance and energy psychology, including:

An advanced certificate as an EFT practitioner including study with EFT founder Gary Craig, particularly on serious illnesses and pain;

Basic and Advanced certificates in PSYCH-K, an energy psychology tool for creating optimal performance in any area of functioning, training with Elizabeth Powers of Boulder, Colorado;

Peak Performance Specialty Training with the British business coach Sandra Foster, Ph.D., who is a licensed psychologist, executive coach and sports psychology consultant certified by the Association of the Advancement of Applied Sports Psychology (AASP)

EFT applications for maximizing sports performance to achieve optimal play and greater range of motion and injury recovery, especially with golfers and tennis players, with the highly respected teacher and performance coach Stacey Vornbrock, M.S., of Scottsdale, Arizona.

Training with leaders in the field of individual and corporate peak performance, including David Lake, M.D. and Steve Wells, Ph.D., both of Australia.