Anchoring in an NLP word relating to Pavlovian Condition Response. You may have heard of Condition Response through the story of Pavlov’s dogs.
Have you’ve ever suddenly felt bad emotionally for no apparent reason? Or perhaps you were caught in a situation that you had promised yourself you wouldn’t let affect you emotionally again, but it did?
Or possibly you would like to know how to quickly put yourself in a more confident, powerful state of mind.
You can change your state of mind or others easily when you know how to use Anchoring effectively.
Anchoring – Easier Than You Think
Anchoring is easier to use than you may think. As a matter of fact, you are anchoring and being anchored to certain things all day long.
Anchoring happens when a condition occurs and causes a response. In other words, something happens and is responsible for giving you a certain feeling or state of mind. A good or bad feeling is “anchored” to someone or something. When that condition happens again it can make you feel as it did before, automatically, you won’t even know why!
Anchors are automatic responses to certain conditions. They can happen automatically and without your awareness of why you suddenly feel as you do. In the case of bad feelings, you may resort to medicine or drugs because most people are not aware of the powerful effects that anchors (condition responses) have on your feelings.
Think of someone scraping their nails down a chalkboard, do you have an instant reaction? That is classical anchoring at work.
When you smell a certain aroma you may remember a specific event, place and or person in the past. Perhaps it’s baked bread, cookies, perfume or something else.
Have you seen the Old Spice Red Zone deodorant commercial? “Scent is the strongest sense tied to memory.” (The two gals at the table, the two guys going crazy about the game on TV)
We once trained our cat, using this method, to stay off the furniture, counter, table and to stay out of the kitchen completely. Friends were always amazed at this since it shows how powerful anchoring is.
There are only two natural fears, the rest are created by anchoring an event to a fearful experience. Call reluctance in sales people is an example; when sales people avoid using the phone to call clients because some real or perceived fear has been anchored to making the call.
Problems in relationships continue because a bad feeling is anchored to a certain look or sound of a voice that when repeated creates the bad feeling from the past experience again and again. A little work with condition response to reverse the effect could save a lot of family strife and break up.
As a sales person have you anchored clients into trusting you or mistrusting you?
Of course, if you are a sales person you probably call yourself by a different name now such as advisor or agent etc., because the word salesman or sales person has been anchored to a bad experience or being a bad person.
There is no limit to where anchoring can be used to help yourself and others. Mostly it is effective in changing how you feel when you are performing at your job or play. If you are undergoing brain surgery you hope your surgeon is anchored to a feeling of confident success before s/he starts rather than an anchor of any past failure.
For golfers, it’s one way to put your ball successfully on the other side of the pond to have a better game. Tiger Woods knows how to hit the ball well, we can all agree on that. When he is off his game it’s not about hitting the ball well, it’s about the state of mind he should be in to play his best, that’s a useful time to use anchoring.
All the best athletes have success/performance coaches. Some say the coaches in NLP first started this practice with Greg Louganis, the world champion diver after he hit his head on the diving board. The NLP coach, working with Greg, found that just before that dive he had a thought of a previous bad dive, which anchored Greg into the wrong state for success.
Baseball players using little maneuvers like a batter goes through up at the plate is another example. Anchoring in a good state in which they are better able to hit the ball.
Perhaps you have a lucky piece of clothing you wear; it’s still to anchor in a good state or confident, winning feeling.
Anchoring can not only be used to erase past traumas, hurts, and bad experiences from bothering you, it can allow you to keep the learning from these events so as not to repeat mistakes.
Anchoring can be used for combating procrastination, and when used by a skilled professional (like those trained by Life Potential Developments) can overcome just about any problem or difficulty encountered including overeating. Overeating is a form of anchoring. If I eat this I will have a good feeling.
The good news is, learning anchoring can allow you to undo the bad responses and create new good anchors/responses for success. Anchoring is happening in your life every day, why not be in control of it, create good and powerful anchors that will make your life better.
Not enough people outside the marketing world understand anchoring let alone know how to use it effectively. We teach anchoring in our NLP Practitioner & Master Practitioner Certification Training and use it to effectively help clients in our coaching practice.
To the extent that you now know about anchoring you can call us the next time a known or unknown anchor happens that makes you feel bad. Or perhaps you have an upcoming event where you want to do well and feel good, either way is best…for you to call.