Build your Confidence with NLP
- Chris Harrison
- 4th March 2004 - Updated 22nd June 2012
The goal of this exercise to use an internal visualization to change your physiology and thus change your internal state.
The more powerful and varied states you have access to, the more flexible and enjoyable your life will be. The more times you use exercises such as this to generate new and interestingly powerful states the easier it will become for you to generate these states and to generate them to be as positive and powerful as you wish. So Practice, Practice, Practice!
Before attempting this NLP exercise, read it through several times to ensure that you can run through the steps. It's a good idea to run through the NLP Memory Manipulation lessons before attempting this NLP exercise to get a general grounding in building and changing internal representation.
Also, use the Getting Grounded exercise to build a good solid base to start from.
So here goes:
Stand up and get into the grounded state.
Close your eyes and visualize yourself standing facing you.
Build into this other you all the attributes that would make them exactly as confident as you wish to be.
Steal attributes from where ever you wish.
For instance, you might want the voice of Anthony Hopkins, or the poise of Bruce Lee.
Build them all in.
Notice how the image before you changes.
Make sure the image is big and bold.
Notice how their posture changes, maybe you have an idea of how that confidence must feel as it pumps through them.
When you are ready, in your mind walk around behind the confident you and step into them.
Feel yourself take on their posture and their feelings.
Notice that you are now standing on a stage before an audience who are giving you a standing ovation.
Feel the warmth of their applause.
Notice where in your body the new confident feeling is strongest, and notice how it moves around your body.
Does it start in your head or in your stomach?
How does it move?
Now take the feeling and notice where it starts, and where it goes.
Loop the feeling back to its source so that the feeling builds stronger with each breath you take spinning faster and faster.
Look down at that audience and notice how you now feel.
Repeat until you can't stand feeling so wonderful any more.