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.

Step #1. 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.

Step #2. Name  the most valuable qualities.

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

Step #3. 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 (YAK, at least), until the memory is very rich. Go for the sense of actually going back into the memory. This means you need to be in the first position, as yourself.

Step #4. Step into the resource state.

Imagine that this resource (the resource state that this memory is bringing up) 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 most relevant to the challenge that you have in mind.

Step #5. 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 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.

Step #6. Anchor.

Anchor this resource.

Step #7. Test.

When the situation or challenge comes up, see how this pattern 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?

Credits for the creation of this NLP pattern belong to Steve Andreas.

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