How to anchor

1) Clarify the specific outcome you desire to use an anchor for and the specific state that will have the greatest effect in supporting the achievement of that outcome for yourself and/or others.
2) Calibrate baseline experience
3) Elicit and shape that individual into the desired state through the use of your verbal and nonverbal communication patterns.
4) Use your sensory acuity to determine when the person is at the peak of the state and at that exact moment provide the stimulus (anchor)
5) Test anchor by:
i) changing physiology to break state
ii) triggering stimulus (anchor) and note if responses is the desired state.

It’s important for you to know that anchors can be made most powerful by being stacked – one piled on top of another adding many of the same or very similar resourceful experience together on a cumulative basis. For instance, Mr.X got into one of the most powerful and centered states by going into a physiology and stance that’s something like that of a karate master. In that state, he has done hundreds of fire walks, free fall sky dives, and overcome remarkable of all kinds. In each of these situations when X got himself most resourceful, at the peak of the experience he made a unique fist. So now, when X makes the same fist, all those powerful feelings and physiologies are simultaneously triggered within his nervous system. It’s a greater feeling than any drug could ever hope to create. He gets the experience of skydiving, night diving in Hawaii, sleeping in the great pyramids, swimming with dolphins, fire walking, breaking through limitations, and winning a sports competition – all at once. So the more often X gets into state and attach new, powerful, positive experiences to it, the more power and success is anchored to it. It’s another example of the success cycle. Success breeds success. Power and resourcefulness breed more power and resourcefulness.

A challenge for you: Go out and anchor three different people in positive states: Have them remember a time when they were feeling exuberant. Make sure that they are re-experiencing it fully, and anchor them several times in the same state. Then engage them in conversation and test the anchor while they are distracted. Do you return to the same state? If not, check the four key points and anchor again.

If your anchor fails to trigger the state you desire, you’ve missed one of the four points. May be you or the other person weren’t in a specific and fully associated state. May be you applied the anchor at the wrong time, after the peak of the state had passed. May be the stimulus wasn’t distinctive enough, or you didn’t replicate it perfectly when you tried to bring back the anchored experience. In all these cases, you simply need the sensory acuity to make sure the anchoring is being done correctly and when anchoring again, to make the appropriate changes in your approach until you produce an anchor that works.

Select three to five states or feelings that you would like to have at your fingertips, then anchor them to a specific part of your self so that you have easy access to them. Let’s say you’re the kind of person who has a difficult time making decisions, but you’d like to change. You want to feel more decisive. To anchor the feeling of being able to make a decision quickly, effectively and easily you might select the knuckle of your pointer finger. Next, think of a time in your life when you felt totally decisive, step into that situation in your mind, and fully associate to it so you feel the same way you did then. Begin to experience yourself making that great decision from your past. At the peak of the experience, while you feel most decisive, squeeze your knuckle and make a sound in your mind – like the word yes. Now think of another such experience and at the peak of that decision making process create the same pressure and the same sound. Do this five or six times to stack a series of powerful anchors. Now think of a decision you need to make – think of all the facts you need to know. Then reach down and fire off the anchor and you should be able to make a decision quickly and easily now. You can use another finger to anchor feelings of relaxation, if you need to. For instance one Mr.Y anchored creativity feelings to a knuckle. Y could take in a matter of moments from feelings stuck to feeling creative. Take the time to select five states and install them, and then have fun using them to direct your nervous system with pin point accuracy and speed. —