Accessing Resourceful States

Learn state mastery. Elicit resourceful states, such as confidence and creativity, that will move you toward your goals. Managing states is one of the most fundamental skills in Neuro Linguistic Programming. 

Choose a situation that calls on you to be in an excellent state. 

What resources do you need to have in that situation? For example, if you are going to a job interview, eagerness, charisma, and confidence are valuable. If you are in a difficult negotiation, emotional buoyancy, charisma, and strategic thinking are important.

Name the most valuable qualities.

Name the qualities that you feel are most valuable for the challenge that you have chosen for this pattern.

Select a memory of the resource state.

Think of a time when you have experienced and expressed at least one of these qualities. Bring to mind all the rep systems for this memory (VAK, at least), until the memory is very rich. Aim for the sense of actually going back into the memory. This means you need to be in the first position, as yourself.

Step into the resource state.

Imagine that this resource (the resource state the memory is linked to) is a force field that you can step into. Step into it and imagine in all rep systems what it is like for you to be fully in this state. This way, you are amplifying the state in the memory. You can spend some time in the third perceptual position, seeing your posture, facial expression, and behavior as you fully express this state. Do whatever you need to amplify this state, especially in regards to how it can be more relevant to the challenge that you have in mind.

Pick a model for this state. Experience it from second position.

Think of someone that you feel has an abundance of this resource state. It can be anyone from a character from a movie to someone that you know well. From a third position, look at them and notice how their physiology expresses this state. Move into second position so that you experience the state from inside that person, as that person. Access all rep systems.


Anchor this resource.

When the situation or challenge comes up, see how this technique has changed how you handle it. Repeat this pattern, improving it based on what you learn. For example, discover: how you can make the resource state more intense for re-anchoring? What sub-modalities do you need to add to make it more relevant to the challenge?