Do you sometimes feel you are lacking some inner resource, like optimism, resilience or confidence, that will help you to get what you want in life? Or if you have already been working on your own personal development, do you sometimes find yourself forgetting about your inner strengths, or slipping back to your old ways?
If so, then you might like a useful NLP process called anchoring. Anchoring helps you to access useful memories, feelings or states of mind, exactly when you most need them. It works by connecting these resources to some trigger which will always bring back whichever memory, feeling or state of mind you have associated with it.
Think Pavlov's dogs - it's the simple creation of a link between stimulus and response through repetition.
What anchors do you already have?
You already have some anchors, which you may have created accidentally. For example:
These are all examples of anchors. The smell of hay always takes me back to especially happy childhood memories of playing my grandparent's barn.
One aspect of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy works in the same way. For example, to overcome an unwanted habit, you might create an association using an elastic band on your wrist, associated with snapping out of the behaviour and doing something else instead. You can then snap the band whenever you find yourself falling back into the old habit, interrupting the habit and accessing the new state of mind instead.
Create your own anchor
To help you with your change, you might like to create an anchor to trigger off the resource or feeling that will most help you. Follow these simple steps:
Confidence on tap
Next time you want to experience the inner resource or feeling, all you have to do is to fire your anchor (make the touch/gesture, say the phrase, see the visualisation) and you will find that it brings on the desired feeling. It's like having your own personal bottle of confidence, or calm, or whatever you want, on tap.
Take action for yourself
If you'd like to learn how to set and use anchors, for yourself and for other people then you might like to find out more about NLP. We run regular foundation courses, the NLP Diploma, and professional qualifications in NLP - the NLP Practitioner. Find out more at www.brightlightnlp.com
About Madeleine Allen: The author is a specialist in Leadership, Communication and Personal Development for business professionals. An NLP Trainer and Master Practitioner she conducts in-house corporate training (learn more at www.allentraining.co.uk) and public courses in NLP (learn more at www.brightlightnlp.com)
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