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Anchors, Bells, Smells and Shoes


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When I was a kid my brother had a pretty cool dog.

He loved to run outside.

Whenever he would see me or my brother putting our shoes on, he would get excited.

He made the simple association in his doggie brain that "putting on shoes = going outside."

Pavlov, of course, is famous for doing experiments on dogs.

Getting them to salivate when he ran bells.

This is also the principle behind anchoring in NLP.

Create an emotion, set an anchor, and that emotion is connected to the anchor.

If the anchor was set correctly, every time you fire it after that, then the emotion will come back.

At least that's the theory.

In reality, it's a bit more complicated.

An anchor set in dog it pretty easy.

Especially when you connect the sound of a bell, to the smell of food.

A dogs ears and nose are very sensitive.

So it's pretty easy to connect a STRONG signal coming into one (smell of food) to a strong and clear signal coming into the other (a bell ringing).

When humans feel any emotion, there's a kajillion other things going on.

So it takes a bit more effort in setting an anchor.

This same cause-effect idea is much more useful somewhere else.

More like the putting on the shoes effect.

Because that putting on the shoes effect slowly built up over a LONG time.

And it happened naturally and organically.

Essentially, the dog learned on his own to make the connection between the shoes and going outside to play.

This is a much more effective way to use the anchoring process.

Slowly, and carefully, over time.

You really only need a few ingredients.

The desired behavior or emotion.

And a few positive reinforcement points.

If you take your time, you can train in a great many behaviors.

We do this to ourselves all the time.

Whenever we practice sports or music.

Even when we study, we are creating an "anchor" of sorts.

We are connecting KNOWN information to UNKNOWN information.

This cause-effect is how our brain works.

Most people use it haphazardly and sporadically.

But you can use it deliberately and effectively.

The best part is if you do it correctly, nobody will know it's happening except for you.

Their (your target's) behavior will just slowly change.

From what it is, to what you want it to be.

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