How To Use NLP Anchoring on Yourself
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How To Use NLP Anchoring on Yourself

Many people ask me if I know of any simple neuro linguistic programming techniques that they can use and do at home. And the answer to that is a definite yes. Now if you're anything like me, you probably believe that self-development shouldn't be that hard. And guess what? It isn't.In fact, the more we learn about self-development and the mind, the more people are realising that, when it comes to techniques, simple is very often the best way. Think back to some of the best decisions you have ever made. Were they made after a lot of deliberation or did you just get a feeling or instinct that you 'knew' you had to follow? I know that for me, the latter is definitely true and that same goes for mind development.

So without further ado, I am going to explain one of THE simplest techniques you can use if you want to change your belief about something, overcome a fear of something or simply feel better in certain situations.

What is Anchoring?

So what is this technique called 'Anchoring'? Actually you perform this technique every day without even realising it. In fact the 'anchors' you already have been programmed into your mind without you even realising it.

Let's look at a simple example. When you were a child you probably visited your grandparents on a regular basis and during these visits were probably exposed to a number of sounds, smells or tastes that you learned to associate with them and even today as an adult, whenever you smell an apple pie baking, or custard cooking or a certain type of soap or flower, it brings back happy memories of visiting your grandparents. This is the simple power of association at work. In fact your mind can't help but form these associations.
So why not leverage your mind's ability to do this by invoking an association and using it when you need to?
Sounds logical doesn't it? So let's learn how.

How To Use Anchoring

I'm going to outline some of the steps for anchoring a feeling of self-confidence. This is a great all-purpose one that you can do before an important meeting, presentation or some other type of event where confidence is really important.

1. The best way to start these things is to do a simple relaxation exercise. NLP techniques are best performed with a relaxed mind, so find a quiet spot where you won't be disturbed, sit quietly and pop on a little relaxation music. You only need to do this for a couple of minutes just until you feel your mind and body relaxed.

2. When you are ready, think of a time when you have felt really confident. It could be at a party, after a job interview that went really well or when you were talking about a subject that you know a lot about.

3. Pay attention to the things you see around you, the sounds you hear and the way you are feeling. Can you hear the murmur of people's voices or glasses clinking? Can you see crowds of professional-looking people? Are you in a board room, class room or party? Is there food? Can you smell the food? Can you smell anything else? Detail is good here. Try to be in the moment as much as you can.

4. Now think of a different time that you felt totally confident. It may be a completely different situation from the last one.Now imagine you are looking at yourself. What do you look like? How is your posture? Are you smiling? How is your breathing?

5. By this stage you start to notice that feeling of confidence starting to rise inside you. This is great. As you feel it, you need to do something physical with your body such as clench your fists or throw your arms in the air. It doesn't matter what it is - the important thing is that you feel a rush of confidence when you do it.

6. The next thing I want you to do is to stay with that feeling of confidence for a while and imagine that this feeling has a volume control button attached to it. Now you want to increase that volume bit by bit. Start with 10%, then raise it to 50% and then raise it past 100% and as you do this, keep raising your arm or clenching your fists.

7. Now think of a situation where you need the confidence and picture yourself in that situation. Now raise your arms or clench your fists and let the feeling of confidence return to you. You can repeat the exercise over and over again as much as you like and whenever you like. Do it for around 30 minutes initially and then re-do just before any situation where you feel you need the confidence.

So there you have it - a simple neuro linguistic programming technique you can do yourself anytime you like.
Linda is a certified NLP practitoner and owner of the popular website: You can download her e-book 'How Your Sub-Conscious Mind Works' here for free:
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