Anchoring is an excellent NLP technique that enables you to get into the most powerful state for a particular task or event and then being able to access that state, exactly when you need it!
To give you an understanding of how powerful it is, here is an example.
Think of a time when you were at your most confident. (If for any reason you cannot think of a time, imagine what it would be like to be confident).
Once you are aware of the image, sounds and feelings, the aim is to make the state as powerful as possible.
To do this, we use what’s known as submodalities. Basically, these are elements of the senses. So for instance, if you are visualising, is the image bright or dull? Is it in colour or black and white? Is it in focus or out of focus? If you are using auditory (hearing) is the volume loud or quiet? High or low pitch? Is the tone good or not? If you are using kinaesthetic (feeling) think about touch, is it warm or cold? Rough or smooth? Heavy or light? Also included in this would be feelings, i.e. happiness, sadness, enthusiasm, worry, etc.
So you want to notice the visual, auditory and kinaesthetic that make the feeling stronger. (Tip: You may find it useful to imagine you are holding a TV remote control in your hand, so you are able to turn up/down colour, brightness, volume, warmth, happy, etc.)
Notice how the feeling moves through your body and build the feeling as it moves.
As you concentrate on the feeling, continue to adjust the submodalities and build the experience. Check on a scale of 1-10 how strong it is (1 weakest 10 strongest). When you are at 8, lightly press your thumb and forefinger together and continue to press until the feeling is at its most powerful. (10).
Take a break for a minute or so to “Break State.” (Think of something else).
Now, press the same thumb and forefinger together and notice what happens! (This is known as testing the anchor).
If the confident state is not re-accessed, start the process again and keep working at it! When the anchor is created successfully, you will know and then some!!
Practice! Practice! Practice! Remember:- Practice Makes Permanent!
Janet Wilks - 2013 www.nlpeze.co.uk