Saturday, June 20, 2009

Improving Confidence Through NLP Anchoring and Conditioning

Anchoring is a way to help build a good, strong sense of self-confidence.

Remember a time when you were confident, revivify that feeling, and anchor it. Even if that feeling of confidence was being that kid in the candy store who knew what he or she wanted and knew how to get it.

What do we mean by anchoring?

Anchoring is sort of like conditioning and conditioned responses, although they're technically different.

An anchor can happen with a one time significant emotional experience. And you can reinforce that anchor over time.

Conditioning is like when Pavlov fed the hungry dogs his meat paste and rang the bell. Soon he had them conditioned to salivate at the sound of the bell, even though he wasn't giving them any meat paste.

But the response wore off over time, if it wasn't reinforced from time to time with the meat paste AND the bell ringing at the same time.

Well, we all have anchors, and more than likely our level of confidence or lack thereof is due to some sort of significant emotional event or events that either raised our level of confidence or shattered it.

We can correct that sort of thing by remembering a previous experience of confidence, then as you remember, actually step in to that event, and feel what you felt, see what you saw, hear what you heard, notice any body sensations you had at the time, and set a trigger, like squeezing your thumb, or a word or picture you mentally repeat on the inside.

The kinesthetic anchors work really well, so whatever other method you use, make sure you also have that kinesthetic one. For example, you could tell yourself on the inside “YEAH! GO FOR IT!” at the same time you squeeze your finger.

The anchor needs to be set AS the state is reaching the peak, so you set the anchor while the state is still increasing.

Then you test the anchor by going in to a neutral state and triggering that anchor to make sure you go back in to that feeling again. You have to make sure the pressure is the same, location is the same, etc.

For example, if you squeeze your thumb, do it in EXACTLY the same way you did when you set the anchor.

For more on anchoring, I do have a downloadable ebook on the topic at called “The Amazing GPS of The Mind,” because once you have your “coordinates” or “anchors” set, you can literally find your way back to that state of mind again almost instantly just by triggering that anchor again.

Check it out, I think you'll really like it! I do have to warn you, though, I use “adult” language in that book and I give real life examples. It's not for those who are prudes or who are offended by an occasional “swear word,” but if you want some real good practical examples of using anchoring in everyday normal conversation, it has some great content!


Setting those anchors up ahead of time is a real good way to wire in what kinds of responses you want to have, and to do mental rehearsal of your wanted behavior, to prepare ahead of time for your intended outcome.

Remember the 5 P's: Proper, Prior Planning Prevents Pitifully Poor Performance!

Preparation is the key to success with regards to confidence or anything else you want to get good at.

And also recognize that your imagination plays a huge role in this process. Many people with low self confidence are busy talking trash to themselves on the inside or they're internally worried about what others see or think. They do a good job of the “3 perceptual positions,” but they're all paranoid about it.

The anchoring exercise we just went over, though, is an example of preparation and using the imagination. You take that anchor and attach the feelings of confidence to your intended outcome – for instance, getting better grades or meeting others in social contexts or confidence at some task at work.

Keep in mind, though, that there are additional ways you can mentally rehearse your success. And as you do that, you condition in the experience of confidence to the particular context you prepare for.

This article is an excerpt from my larger course on Creating Instant Self Confidence, which includes two of the FASTEST methods on the planet for improving confidence and self image. For more information, go to

I'll see you there!

Jim Knippenberg

Monday, June 15, 2009

Buy Pro Wrestling Masks

Those of you who read my regular posts, bear with me, and I'll explain why I'm posting this. If you're looking to buy pro wrestling masks, my friend Ron Thompson is the guy to see. I've got one of his lower end masks - not one of the CUSTOMIZED Pro Wrestling Masks that he makes for Pro Wrestlers - and even his "entry level" masks are good workmanship.

If you want to BE a PRO, you got to LOOK Like A PRO too!

Here's what you get:

GOOD LOOKS - these masks look amazing. Makes almost all the other masks out there look like "caca".

COMFORTABLE - you can literally wear these for hours and they are comfortable to wear! No tight laces to fool with. It's all stretchable and elastic, but DURABLE.

DURABLE - These masks are made to LAST! Ron is trained as an upholsterer and he knows how to make things STURDY, yet comfortable enough for you to have on your face for an evening in the ring or for autograph sessions and publicity shoots.

Go visit his website now, and contact him for YOUR customized PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING MASKS! And when you do, tell him Jim sent you!


Now for my regular viewers. I'm doing this as an example also for my coaching students and using the example of how to buy pro wrestling masks for those involved in one of my online coaching projects. Those of you who were subscribed at the time will understand. The rest of you, thanks for joining in with me, and we'll have some more MIND CONTROL tips coming up for you here real soon!

Jim Knippenberg
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