Anchoring is arguably the most powerful of all the nerve-control tools that are easy to use. My experience of live courses is that when I ask what the single tool is that sticks out, this is it for about half the participants.
If that doesn’t sound like an overwhelming endorsement, remember that the other half of the group are scattered around about a dozen different tools and techniques!
For convenience, we’ve split Anchoring up into different sections – just because there’s quite a lot to take in. You’ll need to wrap your brain around both bits before you can use Anchoring in the ‘real world’
To learn the anchoring technique, it’s easier to have two bits of jargon in your head: we’ll explore what each of them means individually before we bring them together. The terms I’m going to use are:
- Anchor (or trigger)
We’ll look at your Ahhh first in this overview video – it shows you how I found my Ahhh, amongst other things – but yours will be different. (The password is Anchor)
Sort out your Ahhh before worrying about your Anchor
It’s important to remember that your Ahhh will be different to mine, more or less by definition. If seeing my house makes you go ‘Ahhh’ we need to have words – and you need to get help!
Grab a pen and paper and figure out what your Ahhh moment is.
It’s probably a good idea to step away from the computer to do this and grab a pen and paper. Many people find it difficult to think of an Ahhh moment under the pressure of this exercise, so feel free to let it settle in your subconscious for a few days and come back to it.
Once you know what your Ahhh is, find a trick to remind you about it at the key moment of every day. Don’t just hope to remember, fix it so that you do.
The best Ahhh moments happen:
- at more or less the same time each day, or at least in the same circumstances
- frequently and regularly (daily, perhaps?)
A key point in your daily ritual is probably ideal: it’s probably a good idea to have some thoughts about your own Ahhh moment before reading the examples below, so that your thinking isn’t restricted to the examples – but if you’re stuck, feel free to read them!
So… what your Ahhh moment represents is a response. Something happens and you have a hormonal response. This isn’t a mind trick, it’s a hormonal thing.
The next part of the process is to ‘attach’ that Ahhh moment to a trigger, so you can call it up whenever you want. The trigger is referred to as an ‘Anchor’ and the whole point is this: by doing your Anchor every time you experience your Ahhh, you eventually set up a conditioned response
A conditioned response means that eventually you get to the point that you can do your Anchor and that will cause the same hormonal responses as the original Ahhh. Don’t panic… all will be explained! Neat, huh!?