I’m quite sure that when you became a teenager, you began to look at all the kids around you and decided which ones were “cool,” which were “brainy,” and which tended to be “loners.”
Surely you remembered how, within a year or two, an unpopular student blossomed and became very sought after. Suddenly she had become much more optimistic and was on the verge of personal and academic success. In the language of NLP, she had “become anchored into a new state.”
One of my first anchoring experiences
One of my first experiences of anchoring came from my father. He worked very long hours and traveled into New York City every day. At times he was very serious. But one Saturday morning, he began acting clownish, tossing jelly beans into the air and hoping they’d land in his mouth (often they didn’t). His playful antics cracked me up. Within seconds, he’d become a 9-year-old boy, and I wondered how the transition appeared to be so seamless.
Being taken back to a previous time
Naturally, we’ve all had experiences where our memory, or repetition of a certain habitual behavior took us immediately back to a time where we were particularly anxious, jealous, insecure. Or, on the other hand, where we were brilliant, flying high with creativity, or insanely funny. In some cases, you might say you’d almost become “addicted” to being in that state, although perhaps that’s not the way you initially would describe it. Robin Williams’ humor seemed endlessly funny, while others might become addicted to being easily annoyed. Perhaps by now, you’ve gotten my point: we can enter a certain emotional state so readily that we can get stuck in it.
Sometimes, “anchoring” can become dangerous
Humans have a knack for repeating emotional patterns to the point where they find themselves helpless, unable to stop. Sometimes, “anchoring” can become dangerous. Remember how Heath Ledger’s performance as The Joker in The Dark Knight took him down a path of highly self-destructive behavior, all because he was unable to stop it?
Over-investing in certain emotions
Over-investing in certain emotions, such as insecurity or jealousy, for example, can cause a conflict in the brain ultimately because we want to “win,” either over another person (i.e., your partner, friend or boss, etc.) or another part of ourselves.
You can reframe your need to act out behavioral states
Due to the fluid way in which NLP techniques work, circumventing the logical brain, it’s possible to reframe your need to act out a specific behavioral state, using two NLP processes.
The first enables you to switch to a more neutral, emotional state. Consider it as an opportunity to mend the rift between two distinct parts of yourself. Meanwhile, a second NLP process empowers you to identify which areas of your life keep you locked in that state while providing solutions that are truly impressive.
Anchoring positive emotions
As an NLP technique. there are many ways you can anchor optimism, creativeness, curiousness, and tranquility, to name but a few. You’re already there as soon as you infuse your neural pathways with the positive emotions you imagine.
Explore new ways to keep your inspiration alive
My grandson always asks me to skip with him down the street, creating an amazing feeling of youthful innocence (enhanced by singing “Skip to My Lou.”) I invite you to explore new ways to keep your inspiration alive through anchoring your innovative techniques.
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