Take Resources into the Future with NLP Timelines


An NLP time line is a mental construct that is used internally to organize time. If you haven't worked out your own time line then read the lesson on discovering your own time line before trying the following exercise.

This exercise requires anchoring, so if you haven't learnt how to use anchoring on yourself then read the article Create Powerful Anchors using NLP.

You will also need to be able to work with creating states, so you should read NLP states too. The exercise will assume you already know these subjects reasonably well.

The purpose of this NLP time line exercise is to find resources from your past and make them more available to you in the future, this is known as future pacing.

In this example, we'll assume that the resource you need more of is confidence, but this could be any resource such as humor, resourcefulness, or motivation. You can also build your own NLP states to use with this exercise.

So what you need to do first is to go back and think of a time when you had the resource.

Remember the situation as fully as you can - see what you saw, hear what you heard, and feel what you felt.

When the feeling is really strong then set an anchor.

Notice this new feeling, revel in it for a while.

When you are ready think of a time in the future when this resource would be useful. Imagine that time and as you do fire the anchor. Do this as many times as you wish. Finally visualize your time line and concentrate on the present moment. Fire the anchor and move your awareness gently off into the future along your time line, keeping this powerful feeling going with you, allowing the feeling to settle at any points in the future when it may be appropriate to have this feeling.

NOTE: Now I know that the last section doesn't really make any logical sense - its an internal representation - how can you know specifically when this resource will be useful? It doesn't matter - you are just sending your unconscious the message that you want this resource in your future.

Good Luck with this NLP time line exercise - and use your imagination to access the infinite number of possible new states!



Previous comments

how would you set up different anchors, 2,3 maybe 4, and move up the timeline in this exercise? thank you


Posted February 9, 2012 at 19:55

Why would you do that?

Antonio, the whole point of this exercise is to take a single resource into the future. If you want different resources then I suggest doing the exercise multiple times. Moving up the timeline is done simply by imagining the timeline and visualizing moving along it and the events that may occur at that point.

Chris Harrison, UK

Posted February 21, 2011 at 10:24