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During our NLP Practitioner Training we usually ask the group who has heard about Pavlov and Pavlov’s dog and most people raise their hand.

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Pavlov discovered the idea of stimulus response – he rang a bell and fed the dog a steak and repeated this a number of times. He got the point where is rang the bell and then the dog started to salivate because it was expecting the steak. The dog was conditioned to associate the ringing of the bell with food. In NLP we call this Anchoring.

Anytime a person is in an intense, associated state – at the peak of that experience if a specific stimulus is applied then the two become neurologically linked thus forming an anchor.

We are subject to anchors all the time – the alarm clock goes off in the morning and we jump out of bed. The phone rings and we go to pick it up to answer it. Traffic lights – we see a red traffic light and we stop the car, when it changes to green we automatically put our foot on the accelerator to move away. Other examples of anchors are things like music, maybe we have a favourite song that reminds you of a great holiday or a great night out. The smell of baking bread is a powerful anchor for people and evokes a positive state. During our NLP Practitioner Training we’ll teach you specifically how to create your very own resource anchor so you can put yourself into a positive, resourceful state at anytime.

So what do we need to know to create an anchor?

Someone has an intense emotional experience and at some point during that experience a specific stimulus is applied creating a neurological link between that stimulus and state or emotion. The best states to anchor are the ones that are happening in the moment, the next best states to anchor are recalled states.
Next we have to apply a stimulus while we are in that state. An example that I like to use is a knuckle or an ear lobe to anchor states because they are always there, they don’t move around and they rarely get touched, so they can use that to create an anchor that you can utilise when you choose. You could also use a specific sound to act as an anchor for a state/emotion.
Then once we’ve anchored the state, we are going to change our state – so think about something else like what am I doing at the weekend?
Finally, evoke the anchor, so fire it in the same way as you set it, to test that the state is accessable.

The more times that you stack the anchor, the more intense it becomes, so you might want to stack some additional examples of the same state, in the same place to create a really powerful anchor. We talk in more detail about this at our exciting NLP Practitioner Training

Here’s an exercise for you to assist you to develop a resource anchor for instant self confidence or motivation or any positive states of your choice:


A resource anchor can be anything that is and anchor and helps you to recall the state. The Ring of Power is a resource anchor that is useful in many circumstances.

1. Anchor a number of positive powerful states to an imagined circle on the floor: “Imagine a Ring of Power in front of you as a circle about 2 feet in diameter.”

2. Now remember a time when you were totally motivated and when you are totally motivated, then step into the Ring.

3. When the state begins to subside then step out of the ring.

4. Add additional desired states in the same way. (See the examples below of some powerful positive states that you could anchor using this technique.)

5. When done adding all states, step into the Ring of Power and test – notice how you feel.

Examples of States:
A time when you felt totally powerful.
A time when you felt totally loved.
A time when you really felt you could have whatever you wanted, a time when you could have it all.
A time when you felt really energetic, when you had a ton of energy.
A time when you fell down laughing.
A time when you felt totally confident.
A time when you felt really motivated.

This article covers the very basics of anchoring and at our expert NLP Practitioner training you will discover all of the many powerful anchoring techniques that you can uitilise for yourself and with other people.

If you could anchor yourself to states of extreme confidence, feeling powerful and motivated that you could then fire off at any time you wanted, what would be different about your life? Imagine being able to do the same to the people around you. Would this increase you ability to influence as a business leader or manager? Are assisting your kids to be in a resourceful state to help them learn easily and effortlessly. The possibilities are immense.

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NLP and Hypnosis for a Good Night's Sleep

NLP and Hypnosis for a good night’s sleep

Have you ever used or know someone that has had to use prescription drugs to fall you to sleep?
Have you ever been in bed, awake the whole night, waiting to fall asleep?
Do you wake up in the night and find it difficult or impossible to go back to sleep?
Maybe you are worrying about the recession?
Anxious about an important meeting at work?

You are not alone. In Britain statistics show that 51% of the population struggle to get to sleep. Women are three times more likely to suffer than men. Reported figures suggest that 75% of women experience problems sleeping compared to 25% of men. The nation’s health is suffering as a result of insomnia.


In fact a two-year study performed by a team from the Tokyo Medical University published in November 2011 found that people who do not get a good night’s sleep are twice as likely to suffer from depression.


However, there is good news for everyone who is suffering with sleeping problems: NLP and Hypnosis is what you need. These powerful modalities for change will enable you to sleep effectively, restfully and safely – without the need for medication. Say goodbye to feeling groggy and lethargic in the morning and hello to a blissfully relaxing night of slumber.
So what is hypnosis?

Hypnosis and NLP are very safe ways to create a change in your sleep pattern. Hypnosis is often mistaken by many people as sleep. In fact in a hypnotic trance you are actually awake and in a state a deep relaxation. During hypnosis your unconscious mind is open to positive suggestions for creating change. That’s a useful state to be able to access as it allows the Hypnotherapist to suggest to your unconscious mind to allow you a peaceful night’s sleep. Our self Hypnosis deep revitalising Sleep CD is also a very effective and efficient way to get a great night’s sleep.


As part of the process of creating a change in your sleep pattern it’s useful to learn what is the cause behind the sleeplessness. NLP can be used to re programme old and unhelpful thought processes that would have, in the past, prevented you from enjoying a good night’s sleep. This makes way for a calm and relaxed state of mind.


Sometimes small changes in your evening habits may prove to be very useful for a good night’s sleep, like turning off the computer and the TV and taking a relaxing bath or reading a book before going to bed or listening to a relaxation CD. This creates a new strategy for a successful night’s sleep.


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Self confidence is a mental and an emotional state of mind which responds to our requirements for recognition and for self-acceptance.

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It is a concept that has for a long time been studied in psychology and is used to describe the adequacy of individuals perception about themselves and their abilities. Generally speaking, a self confident person will have a clearer knowledge of what they are able to achieve and are more likely to be successful in creating what they want. Plus they are more likely to accept the feedback and have the flexibility to learn and grow from the information they receive.

On the flip side of the coin, a lack of confidence may prevent an individual from making decisions or taking actions towards what they want. In the context of business this could stop a person acquiring executive skills, managerial and planning abilities – all of which are mandatory and basic skills required for today’s business world. An individuals  pre-occupation with other people’s judgement of their work and abilities may cause the individual to  become too self-critical, which in of itself  distracts the person from achieving goals and outcomes that they would have otherwise been able to accomplish.

Low self confidence or a lack of self confidence doesn’t just impact on business or career opportunities, for some people it can extend in other areas of life too. For some people it can also effect their social life where they decide to stay stuck in their “comfort zone” because they fear the risk of rejection. Extreme versions of this can take a person to a point where having low self confidence means that they are afraid of being judged by other people and will avoid talking to new people, which can result in isolation and even lower self confidence.

Individuals who have self confidence, have belief in their own abilities and their own aptitudes. People with self confidence are able to do what they feel is right and they don’t expect or need the approval of their peers. The individuals self confidence can also act as a trigger to promote confidence in others, eg friends, staff members, clients, the boss – are more likely to trust the individual or what they are telling them when the individual appears self-confident.

Different life experiences can contribute to low self confidence. Successes and failures, for example at school or in someone’s professional life, can play a significant role: losing a job or failing an exam are among the several experiences that will have a negative impact on a persons self confidence.

The good news is that there are tools and techniques to build and improve self confidence. The first step to develop self confidence is to discover and understand who you are and what your strengths are. Recognizing that you are allowed not to be perfect and that their is no failure only feedback. Acceptance of self is vital to building self confidence.  Improving self confidence also requires that you step out of your comfort zone and start doing things that you may not have done before – giving yourself credit for your accomplishments. This is very simple advice which will help you develop self confidence.

Building  self confidence can now readily and effectively be achieved with hypnosis and NLP.

Low self confidence can be caused by negative past experiences or unconscious fears which are sometimes hard to overcome with conscious minded thinking alone. With hypnosis and NLP techniques we can quickly get to the root cause of the problem and remove it.  With hypnosis and NLP it is possible to replace negative thought patterns with positive ones to boost self confidence. Tapping into the unconscious part of  the mind to get rid of negative emotions, change belief systems, strategies, decisions and values to boost self confidence. These are effective tools that will assist you to get rid of fears and doubts which means you can believe in yourself and develop self confidence.

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