I want to demonstrate a useful NLP strategy here and now. It is called ‘Anchoring’ and can enable anyone to change their state of mind in an instant. Suppose you were nervous about a telephone call you had to make. By using your ‘anchor’ you can change your anxious state of mind to one of calm positivity. It works by connecting a little physical movement to a preferred state of mind so that when you enact the physical movement the preferred state of mind occurs immediately. We refer to this little physical movement as an anchor.
Select a negative state of mind from the past and a positive state of mind, also from the past.
First, select a little physical movement to use as your ‘anchor.’ A suggestion is to press the finger next to the little finger against the thumb of the same hand.
Bring to mind the positive state and the whole experience of that time. See what you saw, increase the colour, adjust the contrast making it very clear. Now, hear what you heard, turn up the volume, tune it in. Now, feel what you felt, intensify that feeling, the great thing is this actually happened so you haven’t got to try to imagine it. Just enjoy it all over again. And as the feeling gets near to its peak ‘fire your anchor’. Hold it, enjoy it for a few more seconds. Now release it.
Now change the state. Consider the weather or stroke your pet dog or cat or look at a headline in a newspaper or magazine. Now repeat the instructions in the previous paragraph.
Each time you set your anchor and release, remember to change your state as above. Test it after four times by bringing to mind your original memory that generated a poor state of mind, then “firing your anchor”. The likelihood is you will find your state of mind changing rapidly to a more resourceful state. The more you use your anchor, the more effective it will become.