NLP Anchoring is the surefire way to connect your internal response with external factors. In this article, we will discuss what NLP Anchoring is. What are NLP Anchoring techniques? How can you use NLP Anchoring for confidence?
What is NLP Anchoring?
NLP Anchoring is, as discussed earlier, connecting external triggers to internal responses.
For example, Traffic lights are triggered to stop when we see the red light, to slow down when we see a yellow light, and feel happy when we see the green light.
This is basically similar to Pavlov’s conditioning experiment with dogs. In this experiment, the first bell rings, and after that dog is given food. Eventually, the dog started salivating just on the ring of the bell.
So in other words, NLP Anchoring is a stimulation response formula, in which precise stimulation generates specific responses. Stimulation can be external or internal.
NLP Anchoring explained
When an individual is in a heightened emotional state, the peak of the experience, and in the high state, if any trigger is applied like a tap, a touch, then some neurotransmitter is generated with that tap or touch.
In simple words, that gets associated with touch or tap, which is the anchor.
Try it out yourself.
When you find someone in the peak of the experience means if someone is laughing incessantly and you pinch him/her softly. Next time when pinching him/her on the same spot, they will recall that laughing experience again.
NLP Anchoring in all representation system
NLP anchoring can be set in any of the representation systems, some you may know or get ready for the surprises.
Visual – Stopping at Redlight at the traffic signal,
Auditory – Some music makes you happy, sad, nostalgic, etc.. Do you recall you’re happy song?
Kinesthetic – You miss your grandma when you touch that sweater.
Olfactory – Aroma of food makes you miss home.
Gustatory – Smell of old books takes back to the school.
Anchor strengthens with repetition, remember you fear snakes even though you see them on TV.
The NLP Anchoring is widely used in marketing and advertisements. Some ads make you nostalgic, happy, or envious of others. We even see the same actor in some other place and recall the commercial or other way round we listen to the commercial and visually vital the actors in that advertisement.
NLP Anchoring Technique or process
In this section, I will explain how to set up NLP Anchoring. Please be noted the Anchor should be set with consent and should be set with mutually positive intent.
To make anchors most effective, we have to take care of the following 4 points.
i) The Anchor must be unique and specific for the person ( means should not be a regular thing like clapping)
ii) Be mindful of peak experience to anchor otherwise anchor will be too weak to explore.
ii) Repetition – time to time revisit the same Anchor to strengthen for better results in the future.
Recall the state you want.
This is the most crucial step, first identify which experience you want to strengthen.
For Example, If you want to set up an NLP Anchor for confidence, remember the time when you are most confident in your life.
You should ideally select the event which is fresh in your mind. Fresh and more intense will be better.
In your mind, just revisit that experience as it was. Try to see the things you saw, hear the voices you heard, and feel the feelings you had inside and outside your body.
Simply be in that moment, as if it is happening again just in front of your eyes or you are just reliving the moment right now.
Intensify the feeling of the moment.
To make a strong NLP anchor, you need to intensify the experience in mind.
You can do it by increasing the brightness of the moment, fill more colors, make the voice you heard louder, feel even more feeling inside and outside of your body.
Concentrate on the feeling where it is originating from; is it going forward or backward? Is it spinning or spreading?
Imagine it is spreading in your body, your whole body is engulfed with this emotion, even you are emitting this feeling from your body.
Find your peak experience and set a trigger(anchor)
When you find peak experience, just set a trigger (anchor), maybe pinch on back of the hand, touch in the center of palm you can do anything, but it has to be unique for you.
To identify peak experience, just focus on breathing. It will be quite faster or slower, physiology will change, or you will find more relaxation in this state.
It is vital to set an anchor in peak experience; otherwise, Anchor will be weak, and you will doubt NLP again.
Change or break the state
The moment you set an anchor in a peak experience, which is unique and specific to you.
You will find the experience gradually starts to subside, and you are back to a natural state.
Break this state by taking a small walk, drinking water, or talking about something else with someone.
Breaking the state is important to switch the emotional state and test the Anchor later on. Otherwise, Anchor may not work, and again, you will doubt NLP.
Repeat the process
Yes, repeating the process until point number 4 is part of the main process.
Repetition will solidify the NLP Anchor. Do this process until you feel the same experience just by tapping, pinching, or touching that anchor point.
Regular and frequent repetition is essential for the effectiveness of NLP Anchor.
NLP Anchoring for confidence
Well, NLP Anchoring can be used to plug any positive emotion, but specifically, let us take an example of confidence.
I have mentioned the process just above the section.
First, Identify the state or moment in which you were most confident. Please be careful that it must be a positive experience and have more intensity.
Follow the process as mentioned above, and make sure to do more repetitions to amplify the effect of confidence.
You can use the NLP anchoring for confidence to feel confident anywhere you require.
If you need confidence when interacting with opposite-sex people or maybe you lack confidence when making a presentation to a group of people.
You may need more confidence to convince that critical business client to get more business.
NLP Anchor, if applied correctly, can do just that and in only a fraction of seconds.
Where can you use NLP Anchoring?
You can use NLP Anchoring practically anywhere.
I had a friend who wanted to feel more confident in interviews to crack the job. She took my help to set up Anchors on her wrist and boom in the second interview she was able to get the job.
One of my mutual friends had difficulty sleeping peacefully at night. He set up an anchor for relaxation on his forehead! So now, whenever he presses his head, he feels more relax and able to sleeping peacefully now.
So these examples are not quoted for my marketing; it is just to state that you can set emotion to amplify the positive feelings.
You can also set the anchor to reduce the effect of negative emotions or may someday get totally rid of it.
Where you will be using the NLP Anchoring technique, please share in the comment.
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