In this audio I give a short explanation about what Anchoring is.
Then I will run you through the process of creating your very own motivation anchor.
Finally I show you how to use your new anchor to attach motivation to things you want to do. All this in under 15 minutes
I look forward to reading your comment below…
A Short Introduction to NLP Anchoring
An anchor is a stimulus response, a Pavlovian response, after the Russian scientist Pavlov and his eponymous dogs. In his legendary experiment, Pavlov set about linking sound to the pleasure and expectation of food in the minds of his canine subjects. By simply ringing a bell before feeding the dogs, over a period of time, he succeeded in building up a link in the dog’s minds between the sound of a bell and food. Eventually the sound of the bell ringing would cause a response in the dogs; they would salivate and come running looking for food, even though they could neither see nor smell it. The animals had built up an association with a certain frequency, volume, and tone to their reward, food. Unlike in the above example, an anchor can become established without a direct reward and without long periods of time for conditioning in order for them to become fully established; best of all it does not just work with dogs!
Words are also anchors. The sound made, – called a ‘word’ – is linked inside the mind to an experience or many experiences of said ‘word’. For example: ‘Successful’ is a word that has many meanings, all of those meanings that you can think of are ones that you have attached to the word. A word like ‘money’ is a noun, it names objects, things that exists in reality; we have all seen money, heard money, felt money and maybe smelt and possibly in some instances even tasted money! All five senses can be engaged in exploring exactly what the object known as ‘money’ is. However, if I asked you to imagine ‘money’ right now there are many variables in your imagination of ‘money’ and they will differ to that of mine and of another person. For example: is your money coins or notes? What currency is it? How much is there? Are you holding the money, just looking at it or are you not even in the picture? Everyone will have a different representation of money and yet these are all accepted as something we identify as money, something we have all seen and heard etc.
However, when we consider words like ‘happiness’, ‘excitement’, ‘learning’ or indeed ‘success’ and ‘motivation’; words that do not relate to real or concrete objects, we cannot even begin to imagine how different the meanings are that we attach to such words compare to those of other people.
In Pavlov’s classic experiment he linked a sound to a feeling; the two had no connection other than occurring at the same time. What we can do with the N.L.P technique of anchoring is to elicit a feeling and deliberately associate the powerful feelings of motivation to whatever we choose and become motivated to do it. We can deliberately program our brains to be more successful.