Your Resourceful State – NLP and Anchoring



In a recent blog we discussed what, in NLP, we call a “non-resourceful state.”


A non-resourceful state includes things like worry, fear, foggy headedness, anger, tension, sadness – get the picture?


That’s why in our NLP Practitioner Trainings I teach my students how to get into a resourceful state. A resourceful state is where you feel capable and confident. You feel calm, centered, and comfortable in your body. Your mind is clear and you’re able to generate all kinds of options and make solid decisions.


The best part?


Being in this resourceful state is *not* dependent on your outside circumstances. You don’t have to be hanging around people who adore you, or be in any kind of ideal situation. Instead, you can take charge and bring this resourceful state to the circumstance.


You can do this by using NLP to create a “resource anchor,” and I cover exactly how to do that my recent Huffington Post blog.


Dr. Matt



Want to learn more about NLP and Anchoring? I invite you to watch our free webinar replay NLP and Anchoring: Learning the Basics of Emotional Mastery.


  1. Yes you are right a resourceful place is safe to learn but at first we have to learn how to find a resourceful place.

  2. Absolutely! I cover how to find that resourceful place right here –

  3. what is the difference between “activating” and “reactivating” an anchor? Is it in the intention of it? Because you do the same action in both cases, e.g let’s say you activate good feeling with touching your thighs. But then when you have a bad feeling you would touch the thigh to reactivate the good feeling. How does that work, won’t it activate the bad feeling with the anchor of touching the thigh as the process is the same, you are having a feeling and you are doing an action.

  4. Hi there B,

    Thank you for your question. Yes, “activating” the anchor is what you do the first time to create the anchor. “Reactivating” the anchor means you’re activating the same anchor you already created.

    While creating a resource anchor, you’ll want to re-activate it several times. That’s how you build its intensity.

    So, how do you know if it will work? Test it! Test it out right away, *before* you’re in a situation where a bad feeling might pop up. If it works, you’ll feel resourceful on every level – physical, emotional, and mental.

    If you discover during your test that the resource anchor isn’t working as strongly as you’d like it to, then go through the process again. Re-activate several more positive states onto your resource anchor.

    And what about those “bad feelings”? The purpose of the resource anchor is to overpower the bad feelings with resourceful ones. If your resource anchor is strong enough (and the situation is appropriate) then it will counteract those bad feelings. Instead of feeling bad, you’ll feel energetic, powerful and happy. Your mind will be able to create all kinds of options and make clear decisions.

    Also, remember that while a resource anchors is powerful, it’s not the “be all end all.” If you’re concerned about the bad feeling overpowering the resource anchor, it might be more appropriate to use a different tool in NLP. (For example, let’s say someone in your family died and you were experiencing grief. I would not recommend trying to use a resource anchor to overcome that emotion). Depending on the situation, it might be more appropriate to release negative emotions, release limiting decisions, or even fully forgive yourself and/or someone else for a past transgression. The great thing about NLP is that it gives you a variety of techniques so you have all the tools you need to achieve your goals.

    Thanks again for your question and let me know if this helps!

    Dr. Matt