Once you believe you have an anchor, you need to test it. First get the person into a new or neutral state. The easiest way to do this is to get him too change his physiology or think of something completely different. Then, to test your anchor, simply provide the appropriate stimulus and observe. Is his physiology the same as it was when we was in state? If so, your anchor is effective. If not, you may have missed one of the four keys to successful anchoring:
1) For an anchor to be effective, when you provide the stimulus you must have the person in a fully associated, congruent state, with his whole body fully involved. Call this an intense state. The more intense, the easier it is to anchor, and the longer the anchor will last. If you anchor someone while part of him is thinking about one thing and another part about something else, the stimulus will become liked to several different signals and thus will not be as powerful. Also, as we discussed earlier, if a person is watching a time when he felt something and you anchor him in that state, then when you provide the stimulus in the future, it will be linked to seeing the picture rather than to having the whole body and mind associated.
2) You must provide the stimulus at the peak of the experience. If you anchor too soon or too late, you won’t capture the full intensity. You can discover the peak of the experience by watching the person go into the state and notice what he does when it begins to fade. Or you can get his help by asking him to tell you as he is nearing the peak and use that input to calibrate the key moment to provide your unique stimulus.
3) You should choose a unique stimulus. It’s essential that the anchor gives a clear and unmistakable signal to the brain. If some one goes into a specific intense state and you try to link it with, say, a look give that person all the time, it will probably not be a very effective anchor because it’s not unique and it will be difficult for the brain to get a specific signal from it. A handshake likewise may not be effective because we shake hands all the time, though it could work if you shook hands in some unique way (such as a distinct pressure, location, and so forth). The best anchors combine several representational systems visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and so forth at one time to form a unique stimulus that the brain can more easily associate with a specific meaning. So anchoring a person with a touch and a certain tone of voice will usually be more effective than anchoring with just a touch.
4) For an anchor to work, you must replicate it exactly. If you put a person in a state and touch his shoulder blade in a specific spot with a specific pressure, you cannot retrigger that anchor later by touching him in a different place or with a different pressure.
If your anchoring procedure follows these four rules, it will be effective. One of the things in the fire walk is teach people how to produce anchors that mobilize their most resourceful, positive energies. Put them through a conditioning process where they make a fist every day time they summon up their most powerful, energies. By the end of the evening, they can make a fist ad immediately feel a powerful surge of productive energy.
Let’s do a simple anchoring exercise now. Stand up and think of a time when you were totally confident, when you knew you could do whatever you wanted to do. Put your body in the same physiology it was in the. Stand the way you did when you were totally confident. At the peak of that feeling, make a fist and say, yes! with a strength and certainty. Breathe the way you did when you were totally confident. Again make the same fist and say, yes! in the same tonality. Now speak in the tone of a person with total confidence and control. As you do this create the same fist and then say, yes! in the same way.