Whenever you’re in an intense emotional state, anything that consistently happens around you while you’re in the peak of that state gets associated to it. This process is called “anchoring.” For example, is there a particular song that, whenever you hear it, you remember a person you were once in a relationship with? It’s because while you were in the peak of an emotional state, the unique sound of this music was playing in the background. This was linked up in your mind and in your body so that any time you hear the music, you remember the feelings of that same moment once again.

 

Here’s how to create positive anchors.*
1. The secret to anchoring yourself is to get yourself into a highly emotional state. For example, to anchor excitement, breathe the way you breathe when you’re excited, stand the way you stand, smile the way you smile, gesture or make the statements or sounds you make when you’re really celebrating. Literally put yourself in the peak of that state.
2. While you’re in the peak of the desired state, do something unique over and over again until it’s conditioned and you’ve created a consistent“trigger.” This could be the snapping of your fingers and saying the word excellent each time you feel you’re at the peak of this state, repeating it dozens of times with more and more emotional intensity.
3. Then change your state. Relax. Change your focus for the moment.
4. Use the trigger; e.g., snap your fingers and say “Excellent!” and you should feel your body snapping right back into that peak feeling.

 

How to “Collapse” Negative Anchors
1. Create a series of positive anchors.
2. Fire off the positive and negative anchors simultaneously. This will collapse the negative association.

 

The two keys in making a positive anchor effective are the following:
1. Make sure you’re “in” a desired emotional state; i.e., make sure you’re breathing the way you’re breathing when you feel that way, that you have that same look on your face, you’re saying the same things to yourself. You’re truly in the state that you want to anchor.
2. Consistently link a trigger to that state. A unique touch, a facial expression, a gesture, a snap of the fingers, a word, something that you will use in the future as the trigger for your anchor.

 

How to Do a “Swish Pattern”*
1. Identify the behavior you want to change, and then imagine the behavior in your mind’s eye.
2. Create a new picture of yourself, as you would be if you made the desired change.
3. “Swish” the two pictures so that the unresourceful behavior automatically triggers the resourceful one. Do this by making a big, bright picture of the behavior you want to change, then in the bottom right-hand corner of that picture, make a small dark picture of the way you want to be. Now take that small picture, and in less than a second, have it grow in size and brightness and literally burst through the picture of the behavior you no longer desire. As you do this, say the word whoosh! with all the excitement and enthusiasm you can muster.
4. The key to this pattern is speed and repetition. Do this five or six times, as fast as you can-and have fun doing it! What you are telling your brain is, “See this. Whoosh! Do this; see this. Whoosh! Do this…” until the old picture automatically triggers the new picture, the new states, and thus the new behavior.

 

Positive Anchor:

1. When facing difficulty:

– Snap my finger and say: “Good”, “有危先有機”

– 越困難,越show到我的ability

– Just be proactive and make it happen!

 

2. When the idea like “This is not the way it supposes to be” or “Something must be changed” flashes into mind:

– Talk to self: “Time to review and think about what could be improved”

– Then take consistent action and make it happen!

 

Jeff

18 Apr, 2008

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