There are a number of presuppositions in Neuro Linguistic Programming which can really help in starting to understand how we tick, how we work and how we. Interact with others. They are all really easy to understand although can, to some extent, depend on the state you are in. Why is this important?
Well, as the presupposition goes, people are doing the best they can, with the resources they have available to them. So it follows that the access to these resources is determined by the state we are in at the time. Remember how it feels to be sent to the head masters’s office, or being called in to see your boss at work. Something happens to our state and in the most part the state change reduces our ability to access all of the resources we need for such a meeting, leading to regret at not saying this, or that, when we replay the meeting after it has finished.
Now, anchors can be naturally occurring like that piece of music that will take you back to the event associated with it. When that happens all the memories associated with that music also bring with them the emotional state you were in at that time.
If you think about it now you have been anchored, without realising it, to all sorts of things and through all sorts of senses. The smell of fresh mown grass, or lavender, or visually with the sight of icons of popular brands e.g. the “Golden Arches” will evoke a feeling in you and depending on your experiences this could anchoring anything in the range form delicious to disgust.
So, what can you do about it?
Anchoring is a useful way of controlling our state so that we are in the best state possible to access all of our resources, or at least the ones we will need in the current situation. Anchors do happen naturally. If right now you recall a time when you were truly relaxed, seeing everything you saw at that time, hearing everything you heard and feeling all the feelings of being relaxed, you will relax. The anchor then gets set up when you add in a physical link to that memory, like a squeeze on your arm or leg. More commonly the anchor can be placed on the knuckle of a finger. It can go anywhere but the knuckle is quite discrete should you want to stimulate, or fire the anchor in public. Perhaps you have seen public speakers or politicians squeeze their knuckle when they are speaking to you. Maybe that’s an anchor they are firing in order to remain calm and in control of their actions while taking.
The best anchors though are those that have been set up naturally while in the moment. It’s why sports men and women display their emotions so overtly when they win the race or score a goal form a free kick. They are anchoring that moment and teaching themselves how to do it again and again so next time they have a higher chance of success.
So, whether you are setting your anchors naturally or from wonderful memories they really are worth trying out. You never know when you might want to generate that calm state of being present while all around you is turmoil.
NB. This blog has merely scratched the surface of Anchoring and it’s uses. Get in touch to find out more and how to chain anchors and collapse them and why you might want to.