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Happy Monday,

It’s that time of year again, when I escape up North to my happy place-Lake Muskoka 😀

Nothing puts me into a better state than sitting on the dock, listening to the sound of waves against the shore and speed boats pulling water skiers.

Why you ask?…well it is simple-it brings me right back to my childhood. I spent every  summer as a kid up on Lake Muskoka. My happiest memories are the ones I have from my time spent up there, water skiing, BBQ’ing and playing flashlight tag with the neighbours.

When I sit on the dock now as an adult, it almost acts as a time machine. I am literally transplanted back in time, recounting all those happy memories, which always drops me right back into that very resourceful and happy ‘childlike state.’

In NLP (Neurolingusitic Programming), we call this technique ‘anchoring.’ It is used to create mental shortcuts in the brain (also known as neuroassociations), between a memory of a state and something you can see, hear or feel.

Anchors are wonderful neuroscientific tools that help you to get back into a high-performance state fast when you need to most. The best part about anchors is that they can be accessed anywhere and anytime.

In today’s ‘MoMonday Video: My Happy Place’ (click here to watch), I will take you to one of my favourite anchors on planet earth and show you how to create your very own high-performance anchor.

Don’t forget, when creating anchors yourself, it is absolutely crucial to access the memory associated with the state you are trying to anchor.

Warning: there are no short-cuts here my high-performance friend.

Access the state by reliving the memory. Close your eyes and relive it now by seeing, hearing and feeling the experience mentally. You will know you have successfully accessed that memory when you access the state associated with the memory.

When you get to the state, that’s when you want to associate the anchor to the state. Doing the association at the right time is absolutely key to successful anchoring.

Happy anchoring 😀

Until next time, make every performance count!

-Coach Susan

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