Having self-belief helps people to see the numerous opportunities that are around them and they are then able to set clear goals.  Having clarity around goals gives them meaning and puts people in the driving seat of their lives.

Anchoring is a technique used by Paul McKenna where he uses it to increase confidence and it can be used without people being aware that this is what you are actually doing.

Positive statements can also be used to reinforce the messages we tell ourselves. 

Quite simply anchoring is part of Neuro Liguistic Programming and is done by pairing physical touch with a feeling or behaviour.

Just a simple knock on a door can be enough to cause a panic attack in some people.  It could be that there has been a time when a knock on a door lead to bad news.  A trigger has been set up so each time they hear a knock it triggers a distressing memory.

If a simple knock on the door can trigger distressing memories then if this can be turned on its head then we can pair or anchor memories to trigger  powerful emotions such as confidence.

The most common use of NLP anchoring is to have a way to intentionally feel resourceful and confident in the right situations.

For example, you may want to feel more confident when you speak to people on the phone.  An NLP anchor will help you to access and anchor the confidence you have in other situations so that you can use it when you talk on the phone or any other situation where you need to act ‘as if’.

Read the following steps then you can try them for yourself.

Ask Yourself  ‘How Do I Want To Feel’?

Remember a time when you felt really confident. 

It can be any memory when you were feeling confident.

You do have one!  It could be as simple as when you baked an amazing cake.

Relax and let a memory come to mind in which you naturally felt confident.

This may take a few goes but I know the benefits of using this technique.

Think of a time when you felt like you could conquer the world and concentrate making the sounds louder, the colours brighter and the smells stronger.  Make the feelings as strong as you possible can.

Now Anchor this feeling to an action.

Choose An Anchor Technique That Involves Touch

o          Pinch your thumb and index finger together to re-inforce the feelings.

o          Pinch your ear lobe

o          Put your hand on you cheek.

o          Fold your fingers

o          Link your finger

For this Anchor technique to work you have got to ‘be there’ again in that moment with everything as vivid as you can make it. 

View your piece of memory from as close up as you possibly can.

Relive the memory until you begin to feel the confidence coming over you in the same way you felt it at the time. 


Test Your Anchor

Test the anchor by using your desired technique in exactly the same way again and find out if you can naturally access that confident state.

You may have to repeat this until you can naturally make your mind and body in synch with one another.

Practical Uses Of Anchoring

Think about a situation that is coming up in the next 24 hours or maybe this week in which you know you would benefit from being  yourself and projecting yourself from your new confident place. 

You could use an affirmation such as ‘I’ve Got This’ and then imagine things working out the way you want them too.

When you are faced with this real life situation your body will remember the feelings that you have created and respond with positivity.

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