Trigger Calm-Confidence With Anchoring
The term anchoring, in this case, comes from a study of an approach to communication techniques that are used for self improvement and re-engineering the human condition, called Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP). These techniques are often used to help change behavior and emotional states.
Anchoring is a process of conditioning the mind with an association between a state of mind or emotional mood, and, an external stimulus that is usually something seen, felt, heard or smelled. Once an anchor is established, the emotional state can be re-experienced by repeating the stimulus. This is called “firing” or “triggering” the anchor.
Examples of an anchor would be, hearing a piece of music that instantly brings up feelings of excitement from a teenage memory, smelling freshly baked cookies that reminds you of a happy childhood memory of love and comfort, or the creation of
a “Positive Resource Anchor”, that you can use to quickly change the negative, emotional state of anxious fear, to a positive state of calm – confidence!
Here’s a simple way to anchor positive feelings to your hand so that you can trigger those feelings, whenever it’s clenched in a tight fist:
What do you feel? What do you instantly “think about”? You may use your “positive resource anchor”, by triggering it, as you begin or enter into… any situation, which, in the past, has caused you anxiety.
Here are a few examples:
When you are feeling sad: Trigger an Anchor for happiness and joy.
When you are public speaking or giving a presentation: Trigger an Anchor for calm-confidence.
When you are experiencing Flying Anxiety, Driving Anxiety, or Social Anxiety: Trigger an Anchor for calm-confidence.