NLP Anchoring with Jimmy Petruzzi


NLP Anchoring


The best performers in the world have the ability to get int the right state of mind in specific situations

particularly in certain situations were two competitors are equal physicaly, technically, and tactical understanding of the game, the ability that certain performers have to achieve consistent results over long periods of time has alot to do with them being able to get in the right mental state in a specific situation


what goes through the mind of a performer that is just about to take a penalty kick to win a world cup final in a penalty shoot out

a tennis player who is about to serve for a match of a major tournament




in most sports there is a break of play in between


in a game of football which lasts 90 minutes the average amount of ball contact per player is 3 minutes, when we take time out for the ball being out of play


i.e a golfer who is out on the course all day playing up to 18 holes actual ball contact is around 14 minutes

each stroke taking seconds



in a game of cricket a batter has a split second to make a decision on shot selection in between



a formula car driver



marathon runner



an NLP strategy which can be used to get performers into the right state of mind is Anchoring

Anchoring with NLP


Anchoring is a valuable tool used by NLP Practitioners. It is one of the simplest techniques available and can create massive and powerful changes of state in another person in an instant.

Just imagine having access to your most resourceful state- confidence, motivation, relaxation, power- at the touch of a button.

1. Why use Anchoring?

Anchoring is an NLP technique used to move a client very quickly, into a positive resourceful state (emotion). This could be used to get someone into a confident state when giving a presentation or perhaps a relaxed state when confronting a fear or phobia or to give instant motivation when faced with a challenge i.e. major sports event

2. What is an Anchor?

An Anchor is an internal state which is triggered by an external stimulus. For example, you’ve heard a song that has, literally, in your mind, taken you back momentarily to a time in the past or a specific event?

3. How do you create a Positive Resource Anchor? Recall a time in the past when you have felt the way you want to feel when your Anchor is fired. As you vividly remember that time, remembering everything you saw as if you were seeing it again, back through your own eyes, hear what you heard and feel the feeling you had at that time. When the feeling is at its strongest, “anchor” it by making a gesture, or gently pressing or squeezing an appropriate and accessible part of your body, e.g. making a fist, pushing the palm of your hand etc.Break your state by jiggling your body or moving in some way then repeat the above using a different and equally positive memory from the past, then anchor that. Repeat this several times to make the anchor strong.

Then test how strong your anchor is by breaking your state and then firing it off. Notice how great you feel! 

What is Anchoring?


An anchor is a stimulus that creates a response in either you or in another person. When an individual is at the peak of an experience during an intense emotional state, an applied specific stimulus can establish a neurological link between the emotional state and the stimulus. Anchoring can occur naturally or be set up intentionally and can assist in gaining access to past states and linking the past state to the present and future. Anchors can be used by both coaches and players to produce a state of mind or mood needed for a given situation

examples of Anchoring in every day life


Here are a few examples:

·     Flicking through an old family photo album stirs pleasant memories and some of the feelings associated with them.

·     An old song which can take you back to a specific event.

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