In NLP Anchoring is a process and a technique by which a person can use a unique stimulus to quickly and easily take conscious control of or trigger a change in their emotional state any time they choose to.
And while the Anchoring process has it's roots in Behavioural Psychology, the fact that anchors and our responses to them are things which occur naturally and regularly in our every-day lives means that the process itself is very simple, very easy to learn and very easy to practice.
The difference that makes a difference is the fact that once you become consciously aware of the Anchoring process you can begin to use it actively and with volition.
Imagine going for that important job interview and instead of being nervous and anxious you feel totally calm and collected.
Imagine speaking to that cute guy/girl you've had your eye on for a while and instead of being a complete nervous wreck with sweating palms and knocking knees you feel confident and relaxed.
Imagine being able to deliver a technically complex and critically important speech or presentation to room full of strangers or high-powered business executives whilst feeling relaxed and in complete control throughout.
Imagine finding yourself in situations where you would normally boil with rage and instead feeling receptive and helpful.
Imagine feeling energised and ready for action when faced with tasks in which your natural response is procrastination.
With a little practice Anchoring can provide a simple, effective way to switch yourself and others quickly into useful and resourceful states like the ones described above whenever you choose to.
Over the next few pages we'll look in a little more detail at where the concept of Anchoring comes from, why it produces the results it does and finally we'll break down the process into individual steps so that you can learn to use it for yourself.