NLP or Neuro-Linguistic Programming is the scientific process of thought and feeling changes – and in turn changing behaviours. The three are linked and one influences the other two – always!
NLP offers very quick, succinct processes that reach into your unconscious mind – the part of your mind that runs everything and reacts or responds according to the needs ‘it’ perceives. Not that ‘you’ perceive because that is the conscious mind but the ‘chimp brain’ if you like, the lizard brain even – our basic brain functioning as it always has, to protect the ‘self’ of body and mind, and ‘soul’ which here relates to the deeper beliefs we hold and develop.
It actual does give you power! Personal power over your Self, your circumstances and choices, beliefs and values, and the expectations that come with all of those things in total!
So, how? Techniques such as anchoring or swishing help you to change from negative, unhelpful thoughts/feelings to more positive thoughts/feelings that in turn make things happen more positively for you because of the change in your behaviours – your attitude, your expectations, your choices and decisions.
Below there is an explanation of how to use an anchor, how to create one. It takes understanding, insight and usually training, but we do develop our own anchors too unconsciously. For example, that tune that ‘takes you back to Ibiza’, the photo that reminds you of the days and weeks before and after it, the people, places, experiences it evokes for you.
I use it a lot and have learned how to use it to help clients make useful changes, relax and take in much more information unconsciously than they possibly can consciously. We take in thousands of bits of information from our surroundings as we move daily through life and only a small fraction is ‘recorded’ in our mind, by our limited conscious brain. Hence, hypnotherapy can unlock some of the other bits hidden away that we may not need here and now. And we are susceptible to marketing hype that changes our beliefs and so takes away the unconscious trust sometimes from what we ‘feel we know’ – our gut instincts.
The Coaching Academy article on NLP anchoring good, positive feelings