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The pursuit of excellence is at the heart of what is NLP is all about but is also fascinated about the concept of human reality. Whilst delving into that concept of reality, one method emerged that is designed to allow you to explore and perfect varying states of mind, in order to anchor yourself in them and it is known as an NLP anchor.
At first glance this philosophy looks like it might be difficult to grasp but given an explanation it really is easy to understand. A powerful example to illustrate what is behind this idea is a psychological experiment carried out in Russia in the 1890′s by a man called Pavlov. What he did was to create a link between a bell ringing and mealtime for his dogs. The effect that this bell ringing had just before serving up the food, was to programme the dogs to make an association with the sound of that bell with eating time. Consequently after a period of this happening, even when there was no food being served up, the sound caused his dogs to salivate.
The repetition of these two events caused the dogs to be programmed to make the connection from one to the other, so clearly it works and makes sense. We all have similar examples in our lives, a really simple one would be a doorbell ringing and the expectation that someone is at the door.
So how can you learn to utilize an NLP anchor ? Basically, you just set up anchors by associating unique triggers to certain states. When that state occurs, you need to trigger a special anchor. The term “state” in NLP refers to the emotional response to an event, and an “anchor” refers to an object, any quantifiable reaction experienced by any of our major senses, or any action, that can become associated with that state. Like the experiment with the dogs, to create this effect in your life, a period of repetitions of the anchor and state taking place simultaneously are needed to ensure the new response is strongly implanted.
To get started on implementing this idea, I suggest the next time you are feeling happy for whatever reason that you try to find a suitable anchor that you could use to connect to that same state of mind. When you have done that just keep practicing it until you can turn on that feeling almost at will. Most new skills can appear to be difficult during the early stages of practice and this NLP anchor technique is no different, but you can know for sure that it does work. When you have mastered that, it will very likely give you a taste to look deeper into NLP to see how else it can improve your life.
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