Anchoring, on the other hand, can do much more than just allow us to indulge in bad thinking.
NLP makes extensive use of anchoring for self improvement and performance enhancement. What you basically do is become consciously aware of the effect of anchoring on your thinking, get yourself into the mental state you want, and then set a physical trigger to invoke the anchor you've just created. Then, whenever you need to get into that state, invoke the trigger, and you're there.
It's very similar to those rituals you see athletes going through before a match to psyche themselves up. Just a lot more streamlined.
It takes practice to make it work effectively and predictably.
But what doesn't?
Here's a link
if you want a very quick intro and step-by-step. NLP has a lot more to say about anchoring, which is used in conjunction with other thinkertoys
they've come up with. So if you're really interested, check out Wikipedia for Neuro-Linguistic Programming.
If you don't want to get into the heavy duty clinical stuff, motivational guru Anthony Robbins has put together his own riff on NLP which he calls "neuro-associative conditioning." In addition to his term being a better descriptor for what NLP is actually about, some people have also had better success with Tony's variant. Either approach (NLP or NAC) works. Or does as long as you don't let yourself be too put off by Robbin's rah-rah
style and delivery and quit.
I can tell you that, based on my experiences with it, NLP works amazingly well. But don't take my word for it. If it sounds cool to you - go check it out.
My GF (who holds a Masters in cognitive psyche) calls it "Gestalt for Geeks."
If true, that alone should make it accessible for most of the people here, right?