NLP Anchoring_The Basics

NLP Anchoring – The Basics


By IntellTeacher

Part 1


As indicated in the title, what follows is a multi part article focused on “Anchoring” as held within the discipline of NLP.  A quick caveat:  NLP is a “living system” and this means that it is made manifest, and of real use, in “doing” or in real application if you prefer.  All the academic knowledge of NLP will amount to nothing unless a person applies the processes, systems, and techniques on a regular basis.  By “regular” I mean daily practice – use.  


A simple, clean, and direct way to meet the requirement for routine use of NLP is to dedicate 1 hour per day to operating in NLP mode.  The setting or time of day really does not matter; it is purely a matter of engaging in the activity thereby creating and capturing an increasingly large number of experiences in terms of NLP directed action(s) and feedback from the person with whom you are interacting.  The responses you get are what forms the foundation and working with the responses, of whatever nature, is the vehicle through which a person develops real skill and ultimately, mastery, of NLP.


In this article an “Anchor” is defined as anything that serves as “trigger” accessing some desired mental state. At least in the initial phases this article is going to move forward through the use of simple, direct, and easy to use examples. It is suggested that readers “do the drill” and convert the words on paper example into a real life experience.


In the near future a series of articles will be posted based on NLP Anchoring tied into the Creative Problem Solving and Accelerated Learning techniques of Dr. Win Wenger.  Additionally, how the afore-mentioned Accelerated Learning and Creative Problem Solving techniques as well as NLP can be successfully used by classroom teachers will be examined on this Blog.


Scenario 1:


You are facing a situation in which the next day you need to be “on” which is defined as operating at maximum or near maximal efficiency. Specifically, you are to present a project – program update at tomorrow’s scheduled meeting. You have done your homework and know your piece of the presentation … for our purposes we will refer to your preparation up to this point as meeting the needs of the mental side of house.


It has been repeatedly noted that performing for our peers is one of the most things to do well. The many reasons for the “truth” in this assertion is beyond the scope of this article. Suffice it to say that when we are before our peers or colleagues, we have a mutual history … they “know” us and we know them. What is relevant in this instance is that emotional state is a major player in how we perform and this emotional state is going to be our entry into NLP Anchoring.


As previously stated, it is the day before you are scheduled to present. Go to the local “Dollar Store” and check out the various fragrance satchels you will find in the candle and incense section. You want to select a fragrance that appeals to you and it is suggested you try out lavender, vanilla, ocean mist, fresh spring, and rain. The reason for the suggested list will become obvious a bit later in the article.


About 45 – 60 minutes before you retire for the night take out your presentation notes and scan through them. You do not want to read the notes word for word as you would in study mode … simply scan through them and then set them aside. Have your fragrance satchel of choice in a zip lock bag next to you. Turn the room lights down or off, and focus on deep, relaxed breathing for a few minutes. Then, gently bring to mind a time when you were really “on” … this situation or setting do not matter and it certainly doesn’t have to be anything like a previous presentation you gave. Allow the full memory to form completely of its own accord, do not force it; simply allow it to happen. Now, shift your awareness to how you felt during your time “starring down”. Allow your mind to explore all the different feelings that arise in response to this good memory. Once you are deeply into the memory secure your satchel, remove it from the baggy and take a good whiff … really get the smell. It is important that you stay in the memory not so much in terms of “facts” associated with it as the “feelings” that occur in response to bringing the memory to mind.


Allow your mind to drift as it will for a few moments and then repeat the steps noted in the preceding paragraph.  Once again allow your mind to drift a bit at the end of the second bout. Repeat the steps for a third and final time and then end the session. You have just created a powerful Anchor.


Next: Setting and testing the Anchor.


@intellteacher 2009




  1. Mike said,

    March 1, 2009 at 10:05 am

    Just passing by.Btw, you website have great content!

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    • intellteacher said,

      March 1, 2009 at 2:53 pm

      Hello Mike and welcome. Please feel free to post up comments or questions you have regarding any of the articles and I will provide you with as complete a response as possible.

  2. Noel Lackey said,

    March 1, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    Excellant introduction to NLP, I really look forward to the next installment of this series, for years I used something similar when I worked as a Telecoms trainer, although I did not called it anchoring, it was just something I used to help me to remeber and explain different networks etc., what I did for one anchor was choose a point on the whiteboard, every classroom has a whiteboard so I chose a point in the centre of it to start drawing my first diagram, everytime if I went to the center of the board it would always be to draw that diagram, so even though it was a complex diagram, it was always at that center point waiting for me, similarly, the diagram would be drawen to a certain size and height and when I got to some particul pooint this would spark off another diagram , very much like the way a mindmap develops until the whole board was full with diagrams and details and I did not have to refer to the text books at all, anyone doing something similar??

    • intellteacher said,

      March 1, 2009 at 7:44 pm

      Hello Noel and thank you for moving the discussion forward. Your center of the board was Anchoring, pure and simple. Here’s one of the things about NLP, and saying it qualifies me as a heretic of sorts, NLP is a natural and ongoing phenomena. If we look to the origins of the system we find that it was created by identifying, quantifying, and systematizing what certain people were all ready doing. On one level, NLP is simply the “How do they do that?” question answered in systemic fashion.

      Flash forward in time and we find NLP in a more fully developed and sophisticated state. I would argue that even in the current state of refinement what is being “done” is what occurs on a daily basis as a matter of living life on life’s terms. The beauty, and real value, of NLP is that it provides the practitioner with a logical, step wise approach to acquiring a highly useful skill set which is refined through daily use.

      Anyone following along the instant article series and “doing” what is suggested rather than simply reading and restricting their understanding the intellect will have solid foundational skill in NLP by the end of the series. Refinement can be achieved by attending seminars with advanced practitioners or through reflection – introspection and self discovery. The nice thing about seminars is that blind alleys are avoided and the map made clear … application on a daily basis is still the key to real progress.

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