To facilitate a new resourceful state, we draw on our memory and experience of the desired state. This may be a feeling of happiness, calm, confidence or other resourceful state you seek to initiate. We then ‘anchor’ or ‘cue’ a resourceful state to help you access it whenever you may need it.
To create an anchor for a resourceful state, you will recall a sensory memory that represents the desired new state and vividly draw upon the feelings, thoughts, sight, sounds and sensations experienced. You will then anchor the resourceful state to a colour.
Using awareness, recognise an unproductive state. This may be worry, anger, fear, a depressed mood or anything else.
Recall a time when you felt totally confident, the most confident you have ever felt, so confident that the feeling resonated throughout your whole body.
To do this:
Repeat steps 2 to 5 from building an anchor for a resourceful state, three times, feeling the intensity of the state increase each time.
Continue to reinforce the state and colour anchor for the state by practicing recalling the colour and state. You might like to do this at different times during the day or prior to entering activities that may prompt an unproductive state.
The more you practice, the easier and quicker the state will intensify and become an automatic resource.