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Anchoring confidence

Type of activity: Visualisation

Location: Anywhere

Materials: None

Length 15 minutes

Find somewhere quiet that you can sit with no distractions. Closing your eyes will make the visualisation easier.


  • Remember a time where you felt really confident. Perhaps you had prepared well for an exam or had done well in an interview.


  • Choose an anchor. This can be touching your thumb and forefinger together, making a fist, or create your own.


  • Return to your memory of feeling confident. What can you see and hear? How did you feel? Place yourself inside the memory as if you are reliving it and can feel what it was like to be confident.


  • Replay this memory and as you begin to feel confident activate your anchor. For example, touch your thumb and forefinger together, or make a fist. Keep it activated until the feeling of confidence starts to subside. Then release it.


  • Break your state by opening your eyes and counting to 20.


  • Now test your anchor by activating it again as seeing if you feel confident.


  • If it does not work check in with yourself. Is there anything distracting you? Was the memory you used strong enough? Try again.

Once you have successfully set up your anchor you can activate it any time you need to feel more confident.

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